Ian McKellen will bring his one-man show, which is being staged in celebration of his 80th birthday, to the West End later this year, as it is announced that its run has already raised more than £1 million for the UK theatre industry.
Ian McKellen On Stage set out on an 80-date tour earlier this year to mark the actor’s birthday. It is visiting locations across the UK including some of the country’s biggest venues as well as some of its smallest.
The tour ends in Orkney in August, after which it will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End for 80 further performances between September and January.
All profits from the tour so far have gone towards supporting the venues it has played at. So far, it has raised more than £1 million, a sum which is expected to surpass £2 million by the time the tour ends in August.
Profits from the West End run will go to theatre charities in the UK, and the total raised from the tour and West End shows combined will be £3 million, according to targets.
McKellen said: “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.”
At each performance at the Harold Pinter, 80 tickets will be £10.
The show is directed by Sean Mathias and produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions.
It runs from September 20 to January 5.