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Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. The recipient of multiple Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations, McKellen's work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. His most notable film roles include Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Magneto in the X-Men films, and Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code. McKellen was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts, and was made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honours.

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Ian McKellen is currently involved with

Hamlet - Horatio

20:30, Sun 7th July 2019 - Thu 11th July 2019 at Royal Opera House, London
19:45, Sun 14th July 2019 - Thu 18th July 2019 at Royal Opera House, London
20:45, Sun 21st July 2019 - Thu 25th July 2019 at Royal Opera House, London

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius's brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness – from overwhelming grief to seething rage – and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the Royal Shakespeare Company's performance list since 1879. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella".
Shakespeare based Hamlet on the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum as subsequently retold by 16th-century scholar François de Belleforest. He may also have drawn on or perhaps written an earlier Elizabethan play known today as the Ur-Hamlet. He almost certainly created the title role for Richard Burbage, the leading tragedian of Shakespeare's time. In the 400 years since, the role has been performed by highly acclaimed actors and actresses from each successive age.

Ian McKellen is preparing for

  • Mary Stuart - Director

    15:15, Thu 15th August 2019 at Savoy Theatre
    21:00, Fri 16th August 2019 at Random Venue 84
    20:30, Mon 19th August 2019 at Crucible Theatre
    20:30, Thu 22nd August 2019 at The Old Vic
    21:00, Fri 23rd August 2019 at Gielgud Theatre

    Mary Stuart is a play by Friedrich Schiller that depicts the last days of Mary, Queen of Scots. The play consists of five acts, each divided into several scenes. The play had its première in Weimar, G…

  • Dreamgirls - Lorrell Robinson

    20:15, Mon 30th September 2019 - Thu 3rd October 2019 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelle…

  • Mamma Mia! - Harry Bright

    20:15, Sun 13th October 2019 - Wed 16th October 2019 at Crucible Theatre

    Mamma Mia! is a stage musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of the m…

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Small

    15:15, Sat 11th January 2020 - Thu 16th January 2020 at Haymarket Theatre

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's best-known works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the "plantation…

  • Brigadoon - Horn

    19:30, Sat 18th January 2020 - Wed 22nd January 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical, such as "Almost Like Being in Love" have become standards. The story in…

  • Beauty and the Beast - Beast

    20:45, Mon 25th May 2020 at Adelphi Theatre

    Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name. Seven new songs were w…

  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - Director

    20:30, Fri 12th June 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a 2011 rock musical with music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge and a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The musical is based on t…

  • Lord of the Dance - Sound Designer

    21:00, Sun 16th August 2020 - Thu 20th August 2020 at Royal Opera House, London

    Lord of the Dance is an Irish musical and dance production that was created, choreographed, and produced by Irish-American dancer Michael Flatley, who also took a starring role. The music for the show…

  • My Fair Lady - Trombone

    19:45, Sun 8th November 2020 - Wed 11th November 2020 at Random Venue 48

    My Fair Lady is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower…

  • Urinetown - Officer Lockstock

    19:45, Sat 21st November 2020 - Wed 25th November 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibil…

  • The Producers - Max Bialystock

    13:30, Sat 28th November 2020 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    19:45, Tue 1st December 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    19:45, Fri 4th December 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre

    The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly a…

Ian McKellen has been involved with