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.theguardian - 2 month ago

Ian McKellen to celebrate 80th birthday with 80-date tour

The UK tour will visit theatres with a personal connection to the actor and performances will encourage audience members to share the stageIan McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by asking audience members to act alongside him as he goes on an 80-date live tour. He will visit some of the UK’s grandest theatres but also amateur groups, fringe venues, pub theatres, drama schools and small arts centres, many of which have a personal connection for the actor. “The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage,” says McKellen. “In between there will be anecdotes and acting.”The tour begins in January with a two-night run at his local theatre, the Space, in east London. Later dates include Coventry’s Belgrade theatre, where he had his first professional job (“I stayed a year, on £8.50 a week”), Cambridge Arts theatre, where he acted as an undergraduate, and Wigan Little theatre, where he saw his first Shakespeare production as a child. Continue reading...

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