Sir Ian’s help for Christchurch

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

SIR Ian McKellen has launched a new show in an attempt to raise money for a theatre destroyed by an earthquake in New Zealand.

The Wigan actor will take his solo show around 11 theatres in New Zealand in May and June to raise funds for the Isaac Theatre Royal, which was ruined following the disaster in Christchurch last year.

The project is a personal one for McKellen, who once performed Waiting for Godot at the theatre.

During the shows, he will open up the floor for audience members to question him about his work and his life and he is expected to perform scenes from the works of Tolkien and Shakespeare.

In the final part of the play, audience members will be asked up on stage to perform with him.