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Ian McKellen's one-man show to run in the West End for 80 performances

The ”Lord of the Rings” and stage star is coming to the West End for a lengthy run

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
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Ian McKellen's one-man show will come to the West End for 80 performances from September, it has been revealed.

Six-time Olivier Award-winner McKellen, who initially embarked on his one man show in January of this year, will perform his run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with all the funds going towards theatre charities.

So far on his tour McKellen has raised over £1 million for venues and organisations across the UK, with that number expected to exceed £2 million by the time the tour ends in August.

The piece is a mix of anecdotes and acting from the likes of Tolkien, Shakespeare and more. 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. Soon I will be back in London, for a limited season in the West End, raising much-needed funds for theatre charities."

McKellen will be appearing at the Harold Pinter from 20 September to 5 January. Tickets for the West End run will go on sale on 14 June, including 80 tickets per performance priced at £10.

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