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Sir Ian McKellen to bring Gandalf and Shakespeare to Bury St Edmunds

Sir Ian McKellen will be taking to the stage at Bury St Edmunds Theatre for 2 nights in April 2019 on his 80th birthday solo show tour.

The show at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage, says the actor who has been honored with over 50 international acting awards during his more than half a century on stage and screen.

McKellen attended Cambridge University and, since 1961, has worked non-stop in the British theatre. He has been leading man and produced plays, modern and classic, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain and in the West End of London. He has won Olivier Awards for his performances in “Macbeth” (1976-78), “The Alchemist” (1977), “Bent” (1979), “Wild Honey” (1984), and “Richard III” (1990), as well as Evening Standard Awards for his work in “Coriolanus” (1984) and “Othello” (1989), and for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre (2009). 


In 1981, he swept the Best Actor Awards, including the Tony, for his portrayal of Salieri in the Broadway production of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus.” For over a decade, he toured his one-man show, “Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare,” through four continents, including twice on Broadway. In 2001 he returned to the New York stage in “Dance of Death,” with Helen Mirren. He is now back with Patrick Stewart, and raves all round, jn a repertory of Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” and Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”, at the Cort Theatre. 

He is also beloved by fans worldwide as Magneto in the “X-Men” films and Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. 

McKellen’s performance as Gandalf the Grey in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” brought him an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®. 

He received his first Academy Award® nomination, for Best Actor, for his masterly portrayal of gay film director James Whale, in Bill Condon’s 1998 classic “Gods and Monsters.” 

Ian Mckellen on stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You will be at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, which celebrates its 200th birthday next year, on Friday 12 April and Saturday 13 April at 8pm.

Sir Ian said: "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.

"I was last at Theatre Royal with Judi Dench, Prunella Scales and Timothy West, this time I’m here on my own. I am delighted that all profits will go towards Theatre Royal’s “200th Anniversary Fund” to develop Theatre Royal’s creative output, its wide reaching provision for children and young people, and its pioneering outreach work, the Associate Artists Programme."

Ticket Prices range from £10.50 – £55 and go on pre-sale to Theatre Royal members on Sat 10 November at 10am. Purchase a Membership from £47 to access the pre-sale.

Tickets go on general sale on Monday 12 November at 10am.

Tune in to The Graham Norton Show tonight at 10.35pm on BBC One to hear from Sir Ian himself.