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Ian McKellen On Stage transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre

Ian McKellen Onstage. Photograph by Pip Camera Press.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IAN McKellen On Stage With Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you! is transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre, where it will run from September 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020, with all profits benefitting theatre charities.

The season follows an unprecedented, sold-out tour of over 80 venues the length and breadth of the UK in celebration of McKellen’s 80th birthday year.

The acclaimed tour has so far raised over £1 million for causes related to the venues it has visited and will pass £2 million when it ends in Orkney in August. The total target for money raised by the end of the tour and West End run is £3 million.

Ian McKellen says:

“Taking this new Show to 80+ theatres around the country, has been a joyful birthday present to myself. I’ve played mainly in theatres I knew well as a young theatregoer and actor. On my birthday, I was in Bolton Town Hall where my dad used to work. It began last February with 15 theatres in Greater London and will end in Orkney.

“Soon I will be back in London, for a limited season in the West End, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities. For each performance at the Harold Pinter Theatre, I’m glad that there will be 80 tickets at just £10. As for the Show? Ask someone who’s seen it. Come and find out.”

Ian McKellen On Stage is directed by Sean Mathias.

Read more about Ian McKellen On Stage.

Image: Ian McKellen On Stage. Photograph by Pip Camera Press.

Tickets: From £10 – available online at or

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 3pm. Performance on November 1 at 2pm. No performances from November 2 – 7.

Christmas schedule:

December 23 at 7:30pm
December 24 at 3pm
December 25 – No performance
December 26 – No performance
December 27 at 7:30pm
December 28 at 7:30pm
December 29 at 7:30pm

Also at the Harold Pinter Theatre: Rona Munro’s stage adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (July 4 to August 31, 2019).