Ian McKellen is a big name in the industry; he's a Hollywood stalwart, and a star of the stage and the television screen. He also has countless awards and nominations under his belt, as well as taking part in a hefty amount of charity work and campaigning. And let's not forget the epic bromance with his long-time friend, Sir Patrick Stewart.
Ian McKellen has announced he will reprise some of his most iconic roles across stage and screen in a one-man show in London's Park Theater.
Who? What? Where? When?
McKellen will take part in Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You, which will take audiences through his career, as he re-enacts some of his most famous roles.
It will run for six nights from July 3rd to the 9th at the Park Theatre in London ,and as well as talking about his work, co-stars and directors, the audiences will also get the chance to ask questions and you can even be called up on stage!
It's All For Charity!
The proceeds from Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others And You will go towards Park Theater's foundation. According to McKellen it is what's needed to help keep the doors open for the local theaters:
"With no public subsidy for core costs they need to bring in donations of around £250,000 ($311,000) every year just to keep the doors open."
Now with a career spanning over five decades, let's take a look at some of the roles that Sir McKellen might reprise.
Let's get the obvious one out of the way first: #IanMcKellen played #Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2001 to 2003. As one of highest-grossing franchises of all time, it was no surprise that Lord of the Rings was quickly followed by The Hobbit trilogy, giving us a chance to see Ian McKellen play one of the wisest & wittiest wizards once more.
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Starring in 5 of the X-Men films, Ian McKellen played Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a #Magneto, who has the ability to control metal. McKellen & Patrick Stewart might be bessies in real life, but they played warring frenemies in franchise, meaning they didn't get the chance to show off that awesome hilarious & heartwarming dynamic we see online.
In 1965, Ian McKellen starred in his first #Shakespeare stage show, Much Ado About Nothing. He'd go on to revisit the Bard's work many times throughout his career, taking on multiple Shakespearean roles on the stage and screen. Among of his most notable Shakespearean roles are Iago in Othello, the titular character in Macbeth, and Prospero in Twelfth Night.
Jez Bond, Park Theatre’s artistic director, is as big a fan of Sir Ian as we are and thinks highly of him to bring awareness to the struggles of our local theatres.
“As one of our country’s leading actors, I can’t imagine there is anyone better placed to understand both the power and importance of smaller scale theatres and the challenges they face.”
If you are like me and can't get to London to see the show, you can catch Ian in Beauty and the Beast in cinemas now. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You will be on stage July 3-9.
Which role are you most excited to see Sir Ian McKellen reprise?
(Source: Park Theater. Poll Image Credit: Miramax)