Previewed 20 September 2019, Opened 2 October 2019, Closed 5 January 2020 at the Harold Pinter Theatre
For a strictly limited season - Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You!
Following a major UK tour, that visited over 80 theatres, Ian McKellen brings his one-man show to London's West End for a strictly limited season, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities. Directed for the stage by Sean Mathias.
When this show opened here at the Harold Pinter Theatre in October 2019, Nick Curtis in the London Evening Standard described it as being "a generous, exuberant delight... It's a vital performance, in every sense of the phrase, from a theatrical great who remains full of energy, passion and above all fun... His sonorous phrasing remains masterful, his memory remarkable." Luke Jones in the Daily Mail said that "Sir Ian McKellen is a raconteur from the age of Peter Ustinov and Kenneth Williams," with "his outrageously enjoyable, rude, touching and hilarious show... The inclusive warmth of this production is its joy; and its nimble, elderly host, the perfect champion." Heather Neill in the i newspaper wrote that "this one-man show is crowd-pleasing entertainment of the highest calibre." Sam Marlowe in the Metro explained that, "in a freewheeling solo show celebrating his 80th birthday, Sir Ian McKellen gives a performance so warm, personal and charismatic that you leave feeling intimately acquainted... McKellen is a true great: he's the wizard, the king - and the master." Clive Davis in the Times highlighted that "one of the lessons of this captivating one-man show is that Ian McKellen still possesses a childlike sense of wonder at the life of an actor. All he cares about is sharing that passion with us, his audience... The result is an evening that strikes a delightfully conversational note."
Ian McKellen's London theatre credits include playing the title role in Jonathan Munby's revival of Shakespeare's King Lear at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2018; 'Spooner' in Sean Mathias' revival of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2016; 'Estragon' in Sean Mathias' revival of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot at the Haymarket Theatre in 2009, and return in 2010; the title role in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's King Lear at the New London Theatre in 2007; 'Sorin' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the New London Theatre in 2007; the pantomime Dame 'Widow Twanky' in Sean Mathias' production of Bille Brown's Aladdin at the Old Vic Theatre in 2004, and return in 2005; 'Iago' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's Othello at the Young Vic Theatre in 1989; 'Boy' in Anthony Page's production of Sean Mathias' Cowardice at the Ambassadors Theatre in August 1983; the title role in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Warehouse Theatre (now Donmar Warehouse) in 1977, and Young Vic Theatre in 1978; and the role of 'Romeo' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Aldwych Theatre in 1977.
Ian McKellen in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre previewed from 20 September 2019, opened on 2 October 2019, and closed on 5 January 2020