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 last appearance at Warwick Arts Centre was in the NT Live broadcast of King Lear. In my new solo show onstage, there will be more Shakespeare as well as anecdotes from my time with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This is my debut at Warwick Arts Centre in support of the Youth Theatre group for underprivileged young people in nearby Canley. See you there, I hope!