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Ian McKellen – On Stage

Ambassador Theatre Group presents

Ian McKellen on Stage – With Tolkien, Shakespeare, others…and you!


A message from Ian McKellen:

‘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.

It’s high time I performed in Hornchurch. The original Queen’s Theatre offered me my first professional job in 1961 for £7 a week. Like many another young actor I was attracted by being part of a repertory company doing a different play every fortnight. However, I took a rival offer from the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry for £8 a week! My 2 performances in Hornchurch – at last – are a way for me to say thank you for that encouraging offer, long ago, and to benefit the QNew Transformation programme and support local artists. See you there, I hope!’

Ian McKellen on Stage is a part of our QNew Transformation fundraising project.

Profit from ticket sales will go towards QNew.

We’re fundraising to celebrate the Theatre’s 65th Birthday with a refreshing facelift for artists, participants and audiences alike.

The work of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is ever-changing, and we’ve exciting projects to share with you that our extraordinary building is at the heart of.

QNew will help us make better theatre, work with extra young people and community groups, offer an increasingly comfortable experience to audiences, be more open and accessible to D/deaf and disabled people, and keep the Theatre alive as a safe and environmentally friendly space, well into the future.

You can find out more about QNew by clicking here.


Ian McKellen on Stage is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group


Sun 24 & Mon 25 Feb 2019




Under 26s: £20 (seats in Row R only)

Standard tickets: £50

Premium package tickets: £65

Premium package includes: The best seats in the house, an ice cream at the interval, and access to the after show reception with Canapés and Prosecco.

Running Time

150 minutes including the interval


20 minutes


Main House

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