Sir Ian McKellen is coming to Stockport. The global legend of stage and screen has chosen Stockport and the Romiley Theatre as one of his locations for the the Sir Ian McKellen Tour.
A message from Sir Ian.
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 RSC, the National Theatre, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions.
My tour of the the country is mostly to theatres I have visited in the past but being at The Forum is different. It’s my first appearance in Romiley and I wanted to be here because my parents lived here as children. They married in Hatherlow Church where I was christened by my grandfather who was its minister. In those days there was no theatre in Romiley, though, fortunately, nearby was Manchester where as a boy I saw many touring productions. This new solo show is in gratitude to the actors of my youth who brought drama and entertainment to the regions.
All profits will go towards the costs of new auditorium seating. See you there, I hope!
For more information on the Sir Ian McKellen Tour click here.