Sir Ian McKellen to appear at Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 07:01 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 28 November 2018

Ian McKellen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Ian McKellen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Award winner actor will present his one man show to raise money for the town’s Marine Theatre

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen, who famously played Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is to appear on-stage at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis next year.

He will present his one man show on July 3.

The performamce instantly sold out, and is part of a wider programme of raising money for the historic seafront venue, that includes seeking new patrons, sponsors, and Theatre Friends.

Sir Ian said: “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. 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. Sean Mathias, the director and I have worked together for stage and screen, many happy times.”

The money raised from the event will go towards specific projects at the arts venue.

Sir Ian said: “I’m delighted to be making my debut in Lyme Regis as part of the UK tour celebrating my 80th birthday. I’m pleased that all profits will support the youth theatre and help update the Marine’s dressing rooms. See you there, I hope!”

Theatre Director Gabby Rabbitts said: “We were so pleased when Sir Ian’s team rang the Marine. It’s delightful to work with him to raise money for the venue. We’d love to meet new potential patrons and sponsors that would like to work with us in our wide programme of fundraisings. We can’t wait to share this special event with the community.”

With six Olivier Awards, a Tony, a Golden Globe, two Oscar nominations, four BAFTA nominations, and every major theatrical award, Ian McKellen is described as a true national treasure and widely regarded as one of the greatest stage and screen actors.

** The benefits of becoming a Theatre Friend include discounts on tickets and at the bar. To find out how to join the support group visit the website at: http://www.marinetheatre.com/theatre-friends-2/

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