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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

Man of La Mancha - Director

20:45, Fri 13th September 2019 - Mon 16th September 2019 at Random Venue 25
20:45, Fri 20th September 2019 - Mon 23rd September 2019 at Random Venue 25
20:45, Fri 27th September 2019 - Mon 30th September 2019 at Random Venue 25

Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.
The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre.
The principal song, "The Impossible Dream", became a standard. The musical has played in many other countries around the world, with productions in German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Icelandic, Gujarati, Uzbek, Hungarian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swahili, Finnish, Ukrainian and nine distinctly different dialects of the Spanish language.
Man of La Mancha was first performed at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in 1965, and had its New York premiere on the thrust stage of the ANTA Washington Square Theatre in 1965.

As You Like It - Phebe

20:15, Sat 14th September 2019 - Tue 17th September 2019 at Savoy Theatre
21:00, Sat 21st September 2019 - Tue 24th September 2019 at Savoy Theatre
20:30, Sat 28th September 2019 - Tue 1st October 2019 at Savoy Theatre

As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play's first performance is uncertain, though a performance at Wilton House in 1603 has been suggested as a possibility. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. Historically, critical response has varied, with some critics finding the work of lesser quality than other Shakespearean works and some finding the play a work of great merit.
The play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage", and is the origin of the phrase "too much of a good thing". The play remains a favourite among audiences and has been adapted for radio, film, and musical theatre.

Ian McKellen is preparing for

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Producer

    13:15, Sat 19th October 2019 - Tue 22nd October 2019 at Gielgud 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…

  • Much Ado About Nothing - Borachio

    20:45, Sat 19th October 2019 - Wed 23rd October 2019 at Haymarket Theatre

    Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the Fir…

  • Damn Yankees - Technical Director

    21:00, Thu 2nd April 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:15, Sat 4th April 2020 at Random Venue 45
    21:00, Sun 5th April 2020 at Haymarket Theatre

    Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during t…

  • Sweet Charity - Helene

    14:45, Thu 9th April 2020 - Mon 13th April 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    20:45, Thu 16th April 2020 - Mon 20th April 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    21:30, Thu 23rd April 2020 - Mon 27th April 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon…

  • My Fair Lady - Professor Henry Higgins

    20:30, Sat 2nd May 2020 - Tue 5th May 2020 at Crucible Theatre

    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…

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Hero

    21:00, Fri 8th May 2020 - Wed 13th May 2020 at Haymarket Theatre

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwrig…

  • Sunday in the Park with George - Frieda

    20:15, Sat 23rd May 2020 - Wed 27th May 2020 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical was inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Gr…

  • Phèdre - Theramenes

    20:45, Sat 6th June 2020 - Tue 9th June 2020 at Random Venue 97
    18:45, Sat 13th June 2020 - Tue 16th June 2020 at Random Venue 97
    19:30, Sat 20th June 2020 - Tue 23rd June 2020 at Random Venue 97

    Phèdre is a dramatic tragedy in five acts written in alexandrine verse by Jean Racine, first performed in 1677.

  • Hairspray - Director

    20:15, Sat 27th June 2020 - Tue 30th June 2020 at The Old Vic

    Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs incl…

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Marcy Park

    20:45, Fri 14th August 2020 - Wed 19th August 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay…

  • Julius Caesar - Julius Caesar, Casca

    20:15, Sat 17th October 2020 - Wed 21st October 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination an…

  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - Horn

    19:15, Sat 28th November 2020 - Wed 2nd December 2020 at The Old Vic
    20:00, Sat 5th December 2020 - Wed 9th December 2020 at The Old Vic
    19:15, Sat 12th December 2020 - Wed 16th December 2020 at The Old Vic

    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…

  • The Lion King - Harspichord

    20:00, Fri 8th January 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:00, Mon 11th January 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    20:00, Wed 13th January 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    20:00, Fri 15th January 2021 at Random Venue 8
    22:15, Sat 16th January 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    19:15, Tue 19th January 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    19:15, Fri 22nd January 2021 at Random Venue 32
    19:30, Sat 23rd January 2021 at Random Venue 41

    The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arran…

  • Annie - Technical Director

    19:45, Sat 9th January 2021 - Wed 13th January 2021 at Random Venue 52

    Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Bro…

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Vice Principal Douglas Panch

    19:30, Thu 21st January 2021 - Wed 27th January 2021 at Globe Theatre, London
    19:15, Thu 28th January 2021 - Wed 3rd February 2021 at Globe Theatre, London
    19:15, Thu 4th February 2021 - Wed 10th February 2021 at Globe Theatre, London

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay…

  • Show Boat - Trumpet

    19:30, Fri 19th February 2021 - Mon 22nd February 2021 at Almeida Theatre

    Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel of the same name, the musical follows the …

  • The Wiz - Technical Director

    19:45, Fri 26th February 2021 - Tue 2nd March 2021 at Globe Theatre, London
    13:15, Fri 5th March 2021 - Tue 9th March 2021 at Globe Theatre, London
    12:30, Fri 12th March 2021 - Tue 16th March 2021 at Globe Theatre, London

    The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's The Wond…

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