June 4th saw almost 500 people fill Theatre Royal Wakefield to watch Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen live on stage in his one man show; Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU.
As part of his UK tour celebrating his 80th birthday, Sir Ian has been visiting theatres up and down the country, delivering anecdotes and monologues from his favourite Shakespeare plays in efforts to raise money for the venues and the work they deliver. All proceeds from tickets and souvenir programme sales were donated to support Theatre Royal Wakefield’s work with young people and outreach projects. After the show, he also helped collect donations alongside the stewards in the foyer, raising over £900 from post-show bucket collections alone. Along with the programme and ticket sales, this totalled a whopping £10,232.90.
Sir Ian McKellen told Theatre Royal Wakefield ‘I was last on stage in Wakefield 30 years ago with a previous solo show ‘Acting Shakespeare’. I’m now celebrating my 80th birthday with more Shakespeare and it’s good to be back.’
Head of Development, Sarah Shooter said ‘We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Sir Ian and the audience who came to see the show. These funds will allow us to continue our work with young people through our Performance Academy and help us to further our reach with our projects for the wider community.’