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‘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.

Growing up in Wigan and Bolton, I was always intrigued by the glamour of Blackpool, its shows and Illuminations. So I wanted to present my new solo show at the beautiful Matcham Grand Theatre, raising funds for this spectacular building.  See you there, I hope!’ Ian McKellen

This event has been kindly supported by Friends of The Grand.

Running time approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

125 Special Event

Ian McKellen On Stage is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group


  • Stalls/Dress Circle
  • £37.50
  • Upper Circle
  • £25
  • Gallery
  • £12.50
  • VIP 125*
  • £125 Per Person (Price includes post show Prosecco reception and photo with Sir Ian McKellen* Tickets front rows in the stalls)
  • VIP Box**
  • £55 Per Person (Boxes only available in 2 and 4 persons. Price includes half bottle (for 2) or full bottle (for 4) of Prosecco and box of chocolates).
  • VIP Dress Circle**
  • £50 Per Person (Dress Circle tickets price includes mini bottle (for 1), half bottle (for 2) or full bottle (for 4) or Prosecco and box of chocolates).
  • *The Theatre reserves the right that if Sir Ian McKellen is unable to attend the after show meet and greet, you will be refunded down to a £55 ticket. **Only available at Box Office, call 01253 290190 or come in to our Box Office located on Church Street.
  • The Ian McKellen - On Stage includes these accessibility options

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