Sir Ian’s solo tour to visit Dundee and Perthshire

Leg­end of stage and screen will cel­e­brate 80th birth­day with sto­ries from long ca­reer

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A leg­end of the stage and the sil­ver screen will bring his solo show to both Dundee and Perthshire next year.

Sir Ian McKellen, known to mil­lions as Gan­dalf in the Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy and as Mag­neto in the X-Men films, will cel­e­brate his 80th birth­day with a tour of the coun­try.

The Ian McKellen On Stage: Tolkien, Shake­speare And You! show will be at Dundee Rep on Au­gust 9 and Pit­lochry Fes­ti­val The­atre on Au­gust 11.

An­nounc­ing the tour, Sir Ian said: “I’m cel­e­brat­ing my 80th birth­day by tour­ing a new solo show to the­atres I know well and a few that I don’t.

“The show starts with Gan­dalf and will prob­a­bly end with an in­vi­ta­tion to act with me on stage.

“In-be­tween there will be anec­dotes and act­ing. I open at my lo­cal arts cen­tre in Jan­uary and end up by Au­gust in Orkney.

“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 Na­tional The­atre, Royal Shake­speare Com­pany, Prospect The­atre, the Ac­tors’ Com­pany, as well as with com­mer­cial pro­duc­tions.

He added: “Many of my friends have told me of their happy times work­ing in Pit­lochry, so I’m de­lighted to be at last mak­ing my de­but at the Fes­ti­val The­atre.

“All prof­its will sup­port young peo­ple to at­tend and take part in Pit­lochry Fes­ti­val The­atre’s wide range of pro­gram­ming.”

Perthshire North MSP and Scot­land’s deputy first min­is­ter John Swin­ney wel­comed the news.

He said: “I am thrilled to hear that Sir Ian McKellen will be per­form­ing at Pit­lochry Fes­ti­val The­atre (PFT).

“Sir Ian is one of the UK’s most beloved ac­tors, with his inim­itable per­for­mances en­dear­ing him to mil­lions around the globe.

“From Mac­beth to King Lear to Gan­dalf, he has brought to life count­less iconic char­ac­ters of the stage and screen.

“It is a real coup for PFT to at­tract an ac­tor of Sir Ian’s quality and stature, and it speaks to the phe­nom­e­nal job the man­age­ment team are do­ing, along with the won­der­ful venue that we are for­tu­nate to have in Perthshire.

“I whole­heart­edly con­grat­u­late PFT on this fan­tas­tic news and would urge the pub­lic to buy tick­ets early in or­der to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.”

Pic­ture: Oliver Rosser.

Ac­tor Sir Ian McKellen will cel­e­brate his 80th birth­day with a the­atre tour of the coun­try.

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