Ever ready to support a worthy cause, Sir Ian McKellen isn’t putting his feet up during his time off from Middle-earth. As busy as he surely is on The Hobbit movie set, the actor will be taking time during the weekends in May and June to perform a one man show around New Zealand, to raise money for the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. Following last year’s terrible earthquakes, the theatre has been closed because of ‘structural issues’. Back in 2010 McKellen appeared in Waiting for Godot at the theatre, and he’s keen to see it restored and reopened. Full details and dates for his touring one man show can be found here and here; in the included video newsreel in the first link, McKellen hints that the one man show may include singing! Perhaps he’s been inspired by Viggo Mortensen’s recent recitals??
Thanks to the various TORn spies who contacted us about Sir Ian’s shows; if you are lucky enough to get to one of these performances, we’d love to hear about it!