Tickets for Ian McKellen On Stage were allocated through a ballot. All ballot applicants were notified whether they were successful or not via email on Thursday 15 November.
There has been huge demand for this special event and we are sorry to all of those who were not successful on this occasion.
A message from Ian McKellen:
I’m celebrating my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well and a few that I don’t. The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there will be anecdotes and acting. I open at my local arts centre in January and end up by August in Orkney.
Live theatre has always been thrilling to me, as an actor and in the audience. Growing up in Lancashire, I was grateful to those companies who toured beyond London and I’ve always enjoyed repaying that debt by touring up and down the country myself, with the RSC, the National Theatre, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions.
My first appearance in Chichester was in Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre summer season in the Festival Theatre, in 1964. Geraldine McEwan, Maggie Smith, Billie Whitelaw, Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, Edward Petherbridge, Michael York and I in plays by John Arden and Piniero.
I was first at the Minerva Theatre in The Syndicate directed by Sean Mathias who has directed my new show. King Lear started at the Minerva and has since run for 100 performances in the West End. I owe a lot to Chichester and to my friendship with Daniel Evans; I was Captain Hook to his Peter Pan at the National Theatre.
Profits from these shows will go towards the Ageless campaign, helping to ensure that theatre and live art remain at the heart of people’s lives, particularly for older people in the community who are at risk of isolation.
See you there, I hope!
Ian McKellen On Stage is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group