Sir Ian McKellen hits theatre fund-raising milestone with one-man show

Sir Ian McKellen has reached a £5 million fund-raising milestone and announced a charity livestream of his critically acclaimed one-man show.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 11:52 am
Sir Ian McKellen

Recorded in front of an audience at the Harold Pinter Theatre in January 2020, the production of Ian McKellen On Stage will be available on Amazon Prime Video from today, as part of a season of plays with the National Theatre.

Profits from the broadcast will combine with the remaining money raised by the show’s West End run to create a new fund supporting emerging producers and artists.

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Sir Ian said: “Performing Ian McKellen On Stage was a joy and I am delighted it can now be viewed on Amazon Prime Video as filmed by National Theatre Live.

“As our theatres reopen, I’m very pleased to be able to support producers and artists who have really struggled over the last year.”

Sir Ian devised the show for his 80th birthday tour, which saw him visit more than 80 regional theatres around the UK including Wigan Little Theatre, earned him his seventh Olivier Award and raised £3 million for charity.

The show won widespread critical praise and featured a mixture of anecdotes, tributes to late acting friends and recitals of JRR Tolkien, Shakespeare and others.

Proceeds raised by an extended run at the Harold Pinter Theatre mean the total raised for the theatre industry has now hit £5 million.

Although born in Burnley, Sir Ian lived in Wigan from a few months old until he was 12 and regularly returns to the town, where a star was installed in the Wigan Walk of Fame in Believe Square.

A superstar of stage and screen, he has played roles as diverse as King Lear, Sherlock Holmes and Magneto in the X-Men movie series.

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