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November 2018

 
09 November 2018

The Mousetrap: New Tour with Only Fools and Horses Star

PRESS RELEASE – Friday 9 November

THE MOUSETRAP TOUR 

Adam Spiegel and Stephen Waley-Cohen

  • AGATHA CHRISTIE’S RECORD-BREAKING MURDER MYSTERY THE MOUSETRAP ANNOUNCES MAJOR NATIONAL TOUR FOR 2019 FEATURING ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES STAR GWYNETH STRONG AS MRS BOYLE
  • OPENING AT GUILDFORD YVONNE ARNAUD IN JANUARY 2019, THE LEGENDARY WHODUNNIT IS EMBARKING ON AN EXTENSIVE TOUR OF THE UK WHILE CONTINUING ITS RECORD-BREAKING RUN IN THE WEST END
  • RUNS AT EXETER NORTHCOTT MAY 6 – 11, 2019. 
  • IMAGES OF GWYNETH STRONG AS MRS BOYLE ARE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE

 

The Mousetrap, the legendary whodunnit from Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie, today announces a major national tour opening in January 2019 starring Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses) as Mrs Boyle, directed by Gareth Armstrong.

This unstoppable West End hit has been delighting theatregoers for 67 years with its macabre murder mystery. Following a record-breaking 60th anniversary debut tour in 2012, this timeless thriller The Mousetrap returns by popular demand, opening at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 29 January 2019 launching an extensive new tour that will travel the length and breadth of the country giving audiences all across the UK the opportunity to discover theatre’s best kept secret.

Following Guildford, The Mousetrap will tour to Northampton Royal & Derngate, Sheffield Lyceum, Colchester Mercury, Southport Theatre, Sunderland Empire, High Wycombe Swan, Bromley Churchill , Cheltenham Everyman, Oxford Playhouse, Crewe Lyceum, Coventry Belgrade, Crawley Hawth, Darlington Hippodrome, Exeter Northcott, Salford Lowry, York Grand Opera House, Edinburgh Playhouse, Liverpool Empire, Southend Palace, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Bristol Hippodrome, Stoke Regent, Brighton Theatre Royal, Norwich Theatre Royal, Malvern Festival, Bournemouth Pavilion, Dartford Orchard, Eastbourne Devonshire Park and Cardiff New Theatre. Further venues to be announced.

Gwyneth Strong will perform as Mrs Boyle for 24 weeks through to Norwich, with further star casting to be announced. The cast also includes David Alcock (Mr Paravacini), Geoff Arnold (Detective Sgt. Trotter), Nick Biadon (Giles Ralston), Lewis Chandler (Christopher Wren), John Griffiths (Major Metcalf), Harriett Hare (Mollie Ralston) and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen (Miss Caswell).

Gwyneth Strong is best known for her role in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses in which she starred in the role of Cassandra. The role gained Gwyneth mainstream recognition and she appeared in the hit comedy show as well as several Christmas specials between 1989 and 2003. More recently, she joined the cast of EastEnders in the role of Geraldine Clough. Other television credits include The Great Train Robbery, Silent Witness, Casualty, Doctors and Murder in Suburbia. Gwyneth appeared in the UK tour of Our House, in which she played Kath Casey. Her stage credits also include Stand (Oxford Playhouse/Battersea Arts) Monkey Bars (Unicorn Theatre), A Round-Heeled Woman (Aldwych), When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre), Ancient Lights (Hampstead Theatre) and Care (Royal Court).

First seen in Nottingham in 1952 starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, The Mousetrap went on to become the world’s longest running stage production following its West End transfer to The Ambassadors in 1952 and St Martins in 1973 where it has played ever since, continuing a record-breaking run with over 27,500 performances in London so far. The beloved murder mystery returns to the road following the success of the first ever UK tour in 2012.

The Mousetrap continues its open-ended run at St. Martin’s Theatre, London.

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 May 2019
NORTHCOTT THEATRE, EXETER
https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
01392 72 63 63

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Notes to editors                                                 

BIOGRAPHIES

Gareth Armstrong has worked across the world as both a director and actor. He was an Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre where he directed classics including Shakespeare, Shaw and Chekov and modern works from Coward to Stoppard. He is a founding director of the Made in Wales Stage Company and previously an Associate Artist Director at the Salisbury Playhouse. Gareth most recently directed Hugh Whitemore’s Sand in the Sandwiches seen in the West End and on UK tour. He has written and performed his own solo play, Shylock, which premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse and toured internationally for ten years.

David Alcock is the recipient of the South African Fleur du Cap and Vita Life theatre awards. He has performed in many production at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, including Waiting  for  Godot,  Twelfth  Night,  The  Tempest and  Our  Country’s  Good. His stage credits also include The Taming of the Shrew (Bristol Old Vic) and Kiss Me Kate (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). His touring credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and South Pacific.

Geoff Arnold’s theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Theatre), Catch 22 (Northern Stage UK Tour), Mansfield Park (Theatre Royal) and Molly (Pleasance Courtyard). He has also appeared on screen in Cold Blow Lane.

Nick Biadon most recently performed in the UK tour of Still Alice. His stage credits including Macbeth (Catford Broadway), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Tristan Bates) and The Bacchae (Lazarus Theatre).

Lewis Chandler is delighted to be making his UK tour debut with The Mousetrap. His previous theatre credits include Foul Pages (Hope Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Creation Theatre) and The Devil is an Ass (Mercurius Theatre). Lewis played the title character in Film Noir parody Trimble which was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award.

John Griffiths’ West End theatre credits include The Sound of Music (London Palladium), The Woman in White (Palace Theatre), The Royal Family (Haymarket), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s) and Oliver! (Aldwych). He has also appeared in the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as Volpone at the National Theatre and The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiss Me Kate and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Harriett Hare has performed on stage in The White Carnation (Finborough & Jermyn Street Theatre), Look Back in Anger (Reading Rep Theatre Company), Body Language (Suffolk Summer Theatre) and All Creatures Great and Small (UK tour). Harriett has also voiced for gaming and animation franchises and international campaigns for well-known brands.

Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen has performed on stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lazarus Theatre Company), All the Angels (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse), Scrooge (London Palladium) and the national tour of Oklahoma!. She also appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

 

 

LISTINGS

TOUR DATES

Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February 2019
YVONNE ARNAUD, GUILDFORD
https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
Box office: 01483 44 00 00

Monday 4 – Saturday 9 February 2019
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON
www.royalandderngate.co.uk
01604 624811

Monday 11 – Saturday 16 February 2019
SHEFFIELD LYCEUM
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
0114 249 6000

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February 2019
MERCURY THEATRE, COLCHESTER
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
01206 573948

Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 February 2019
SOUTHPORT THEATRE AND CONVENTION CENTRE
www.atgtickets.com/venues/southport-theatre-and-convention-centre
0844 871 3021

Thursday 28 February – Saturday 2 March 2019
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE
www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
0844 871 3022

Monday 4 – Saturday 9 March 2019
WYCOMBE SWAN THEATRE, HIGH WYCOMBE
https://wycombeswan.co.uk
01494 512 000

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 March 2019
CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY
https://churchilltheatre.co.uk
020 3285 6000

Monday 18 – Saturday 23 March 2019
EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM
www.everymantheatre.org.uk
01242 572573

Monday 25 – Saturday 30 March 2019
OXFORD PLAYHOUSE
www.oxfordplayhouse.com
01865 305305

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 April 2019
CREWE LYCEUM
https://crewelyceum.co.uk
01270 368 242

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 April 2019
BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY
www.belgrade.co.uk
024 7655 3055

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 April 2019
HAWTH THEATRE, CRAWLEY
www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth
01293 553636

Monday 29 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
DARLINGTON HIPPODROME
www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
01325 405405

Monday 6 – Saturday 11 May 2019
NORTHCOTT THEATRE, EXETER
https://exeternorthcott.co.uk
01392 72 63 63

Monday 13 – Saturday 18 May 2019
LOWRY THEATRE, SALFORD
www.thelowry.com
0843 208 6000

Monday 20 – Saturday 25 May 2019
GRAND OPERA HOUSE, YORK
https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/grand-opera-house-york
0844 871 3024

Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 May 2019
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
www.atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse
0844 871 3014

Thursday 30 May – Saturday 1 June 2019
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE
www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire
0844 871 3017

Monday 3 – Saturday 8 June 2019
SOUTHEND PALACE THEATRE

https://southendtheatres.org.uk

01702 351135

Monday 17 – Saturday 22 June 2019
NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL
https://trch.co.uk
0115 989 5555

Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 June 2019
BRISTOL HIPPODROME
https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome/
0844 871 3012

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 June 2019
STOKE REGENT THEATRE
https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre/
0844 871 7649

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 July 2019
BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL
https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-brighton/
0844 871 7650

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 July 2019
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk/
01603 630 000

Monday 15 – Saturday 20 July 2019
FESTIVAL THEATRE, MALVERN
https://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/
01684 892 277

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 August 2019

BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION

http://www.bournemouthpavilion.co.uk/

0844 576 3000

Monday 16 – Saturday 21 September

DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE
https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/
01322 220 000

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 September 2019

EASTBOURNE DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE

https://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/venue/devonshire-park-theatre

01323 412 000

Monday 30 September – Saturday 5 October 2019

NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/
02920 878 889

FURTHER VENUES TO BE ANNOUNCED

West End:

THE MOUSETRAP
St Martin’s Theatre
West St, London WC2H 9NZ
www.the-mousetrap.co.uk
Box office 020 7836 1443

09 November 2018

Ian McKellen announces Exeter date in 80th birthday solo tour to support emerging artists

Ambassador Theatre Group presents

IAN MCKELLEN ON STAGE

Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you!

Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 8oth birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK – including the Northcott on July 1.

It all begins in January 2019 with a Tour of London from the National Theatre to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, as well as performances in the West End and Outer London.

Then, across the country, he will visit theatres large and small with which he has personal connections, including amateur groups he knew as a child and notable playhouses he has played in as a professional actor over the last half-century.

The star returns to the stage in Exeter fifty years after his first appearance.

Accessibly priced tickets will be available everywhere. All profits will benefit specific causes at each theatre.

His intimate show is a mixture of anecdote and acting, including Tolkien, Shakespeare, others…and you the audience.

Ian McKellen said:

“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 National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions. Sean Mathias, the director and I have worked together for stage and screen, many happy times.

“I was last at the Northcott as Marlowe’s Edward II in 1969 so this return with my new one man show 50 years on is an appropriate part of my tour celebrating my 80th birthday. I’m pleased that all profits will support young and emerging artists from Exeter and thereabouts.”

Ambassador Theatre Group’s Executive Producer Adam Speers added:

“ATG is proud to be presenting IAN MCKELLEN ON STAGE and is committed to supporting regional touring. The UK’s regional venues are integral in supporting and developing artists and practitioners across all areas of the theatre, both on and off stage.

“All of us in this industry are united by a passion for the arts and love of what we do and this special show is a rare and excellent opportunity to celebrate what’s best in our industry while at the same time celebrating one of its greatest actors and raising vital funds to keep the lifeblood of theatre in this country flowing.” 

IAN MCKELLEN ON STAGE is presented by Ambassador Theatre Group and directed by Sean Mathias.

For further information and tour map, please see the website for more details: www.ianonstage.co.uk

To make a donation please visit: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/support-us/donate-online
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExeterNorthcottTheatre
Twitter: @exeternorthcott
Instagram: @exeternorthcott

This is a charity fundraising event and all monies will be put towards a new programme to support young and emerging artists from Exeter and the surrounding area.

Tickets cost £55

Those under 26: £15.  10% of tickets have been set aside for U26’s to purchase in person and by phone.

Ten per cent of the house at the Northcott (46 seats) will be set aside for people aged under 26 at a special price of £15.

U26s must book in person at the box office or over the telephone.

IMAGES CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE

LISTINGS

www.ianonstage.co.uk

25-26 January 2019 | The Space 269 Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3RS

28 January 2019 | National Theatre, Lyttleton Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX

30 January 2019 | Young Vic 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ

3 February 2019 | Bridge Theatre 3 Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2SG

4 February 2019 | Richmond Theatre Little Green, Richmond, London TW9 1QJ

6 February 2019 | Above The Stag Theatre 72 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TP
10 February 2019 | Hampstead Theatre Eton Ave, London NW3 3EU

11 February 2019 | Arts Theatre 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB

12-13 February 2019 | Theatre Royal Windsor 32 Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PS

17 February 2019 | The Old Vic The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB

19-20 February 2019 | Bristol Old Vic King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED

21 February 2019 | Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square, Chelsea London SW1W 8AS

24-25 February 2019 | The Queen’s Theatre Billet Ln, Hornchurch, London RM11 1QT

26 February 2019 | Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA 62-64 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6ED [SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FOR STUDENTS: NOT ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC]

1 March 2019 | Donmar Warehouse 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX [SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FOR YOUNG+FREE MEMBERS: NOT ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC]

3 March 2019 | Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0QL

4 March 2019 | The Questors, Judi Dench Playhouse 12 Mattock Ln, Ealing, London W5 5BQ

7 March 2019 (Mat & Eve) | Duke of York’s Theatre St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG
8-9 March 2019 | Ipswich New Wolsey Civic Dr, Ipswich IP1 2AS

10 March 2019 | Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

13 March 2019 | Swansea Grand Theatre Singleton St, Swansea SA1 3QJ

14-15 March 2019 | Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE

16 March 2019 | The Hafren Llanidloes Rd, Newtown, Powys SY16 4HU
18-19 March 2019 |Theatr Clwyd Raikes Ln, Mold CH7 1YA

24 March 2019 | Theatre Royal Bath Saw Close, Bath BA1 1ET

29-30 March 2019 | Maddermarket Theatre St Johns Alley, Norwich NR2 1DR

2 April 2019 | The Leas Cliff Hall The Leas, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2DZ

5 April 2019 | Chichester Minerva Theatre Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP

12-13 April 2019 | Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Westgate St, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR

14 April 2019 | Royal & Derngate 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

17-18 April 2019 | Colchester Mercury Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate , Colchester CO1 1PT

20 April 2019 | Belgrade Theatre Coventry Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

24-25 April 2019 | Norwich Playhouse 42 – 58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB

27-28 April 2019 | King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival St George’s Guildhall, 29 King St, Kings Lynn PE30 1HA

30 April – 1 May 2019 | Oxford Playhouse 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW

3-4 May 2019 | Jersey Opera House 3 Gloucester St, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 3QR

6 May 2019 | Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG

7-8 May 2019 | Cheltenham Everyman Theatre 7 – 10 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ

10-11 May 2019 | Cambridge Arts Theatre 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

13-14 May 2019 | Wigan Little Theatre 44 Crompton St, Wigan WN1 3SL

15 May 2019 | The Forum Theatre The Precinct, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4EA

17-18 May 2019 | Liverpool Playhouse Williamson Square, Liverpool L1 1EL

19 May 2019 | Warwick Arts Centre University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

20 May 2019 | Blackpool Grand 33 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HT

23 May 2019 | Burnley Youth Theatre Queen’s Park Rd, Burnley BB10 3LB

25 May 2019 | The Albert Halls Theatre Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1RU

28 May 2019 | The Dukes Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE

31 May 2019 | Buxton Opera House Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN

1-2 June 2019 | Curve Theatre, Studio 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB

3 June 2019 | Sheffield Crucible 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA

4 June 2019 | Theatre Royal Wakefield Drury Ln, Wakefield WF1 2TE

5-6 June 2019 | HOME Manchester 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

9 June 2019 | Forum Theatre Billingham Queensway, Stockton-on-Tees TS23 2LJ

11 June 2019 | The Civic Hanson St, Barnsley S70 2HZ

12 June 2019 | CAST Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU

14 June 2019 | The Georgian Theatre Royal Victoria Rd, Richmond, Yorkshire DL10 4DW

16 June 2019 | Hull New Theatre Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF

17 June 2019 | Grand Opera House Clifford St, York YO1 9SW

21-22 June 2019 | Birmingham Repertory Theatre Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP
25-26 June 2019 | Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF

27-28 June 2019 | Cardiff New Theatre Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3LN

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1 July 2019 | Northcott Theatre Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4QB

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2 July 2019 | Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre For The Arts, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

3 July 2019 | Marine Theatre Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
5 July 2019 | The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

15-18 July 2019 | Theatre Royal Brighton New Rd, Brighton BN1 1SD

21 July 2019 | Royal Shakespeare Theatre & Swan Theatre Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB
25-26 July 2019 | Lyric Theatre 55 Ridgeway St, Belfast BT9 5FB

27 July 2019 | Waterside Theatre Glendermott Rd, Derry/ Londonderry BT47 6BG

29 July 2019 | The Braid Arts Centre 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena BT43 5AE

31 July – 1 August 2019 | Theatre at the Mill Carnmoney Rd N, Mossley Mill, Newtonabbey BT36 5QA

9 August 2019 | Dundee Rep Theatre Tay Square, Dundee DD1 1PB

11 August 2019 | Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na Craig, Pitlochry PH16 5DR

12 August 2019 | Eden Court Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA

14 August 2019 | Aberdeen Tivoli 34-48 Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 6NB

18 August 2019 | Newcastle Theatre Royal 100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR
20 August 2019 | Theatre by the Lake Lakeside, Lake Rd, Keswick CA12 5DJ

22-25 August 2019 | Edinburgh International Festival at Assembly Hall, Mound Pl, Edinburgh EH1 2LU

28 August 2019 | The Orkney Theatre Kirkwall Grammar School, The Meadows, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1QN

15 September 2019 | National Theatre, Olivier Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

IAN MCKELLEN​​ first acted at school and with amateur groups in the north of England, here he was born and brought up. He attended Cambridge University and, since 1961, has worked non-stop in the British theatre. He has been leading man and produced plays, modern and classic, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Great Britain and in the West End of London.

In Shakespeare he has triumphed as Richard II, Macbeth (with Judi Dench), Coriolanus, Iago, Richard III (also on film) and most recently as King Lear. He was in the first of Martin Sherman’s sensational “Bent” and premieres of plays by Arnold Wesker, Peter Shaffer, Michael Frayn, Alan Ayckbourn and Mark Ravenhill. Of late he has been Widow Twankey in the Old Vic’s “Aladdin” pantomime and toured “Waiting for Godot” and “No Man’s Land” with Patrick Stewart. As Salieri in “Amadeus” he won every available award on Broadway. For over a decade, he toured his one-man show, “Acting Shakespeare”

McKellen is recognised worldwide as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in Tolkien’s Middle Earth films. He won his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor, as the gay film director James Whale, in Bill Condon’s 1998 classic “Gods and Monsters”. Since he has starred in The Da Vinci Code”, “Mr Holmes”, “Beauty and the Beast”, with “CATS” yet to come.

His television work stretches from “Rasputin” to “Coronation Street”, from “Extras” with Ricky Gervais to “Vicious” with Derek Jacobi. On the first ever Film On Four, McKellen was in Stephen Frears’ “Walter” and last year played “The Dresser” with Anthony Hopkins.

McKellen has been an innovator on the Internet, with one of the earliest official sites for an actor, www.mcKellen.com, launched on September 1, 1997. In 1999 he began publishing a series of journal entries that evolved into one of the earliest non-technical blogs. His followings on social media connect more than 10 million fans.

In 1991, Sir Ian was knighted for services to theatre in UK. He was co-founder of Stonewall UK, which lobbies for legal and social equality for gay people. In 2008, the Queen appointed him Companion of Honour (CH), for his services to Drama and to Equality.

ATG PRODUCTIONS is committed to supporting and creating the very best in British theatre. This Autumn the Group will open the highly acclaimed and much anticipated West End transfer of “Caroline, or Change” starring Sharon D. Clark. Currently playing in the West End is a presentation with the Jamie Lloyd Company of “Pinter and the Pinter”, showcasing on an unprecedented scale the writer’s 20 short plays starring, amongst others, David Suchet, Tamsin Greig, Martin Freeman, Jane Horrocks, Myra Syall and Danny Dyer who appear across the season. These productions will be followed by a new production of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5 the Musical” opening at the Savoy Theatre from January 2019.

Recent work includes the Chichester Festival Theatre’s “King Lear” starring Ian McKellen at the Duke of York’s Theatre; “Glengarry Glen Ross” at the Playhouse Theatre, starring Christian Slater; “Sunday in the Park with George” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford at the newly restored Hudson Theatre on Broadway; a new production of “Big Fish the Musical” starring Kelsey Grammer; the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s “Hamlet”, starring Andrew Scott and “Oresteia” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Lia Williams in co-productions with the Almeida Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions; and the London production of Tony Award-winning play by JT Rogers, “Oslo”, starring Toby Stephens and Lydia Leonard which opened at the National Theatre and then transferred directly to the Harold Pinter Theatre last year.

ATG Productions has a commitment to presenting high quality work across the UK. In 2019 ATG will open national tours of “Abigail’s Party” starring Jodie Prenger, Daniel Casey and Vicky Binns as well as “Glengarry Glen Ross” starring Mark Benton and Nigel Harman. Recent touring plays include “Strangers on a Train”, Victorian thriller “Gaslight”, starring Kara Tointon, Keith Allen and Rupert Young, Noël Coward’s comedy “Private Lives”, starring Tom Chambers and Charlotte Ritchie and “East Is East” starring Pauline McLynn. Recent musical productions and co-productions include the multi-Olivier Award-winning musical, “Sunny Afternoon”, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, book by Joe Penhall and direction by Edward Hall in a co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions; “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” and “Jersey Boys”.

Other recent productions in the UK have consisted of a series of collaborations with the New Group including Sam Shepard’s gothic masterpiece “Buried Child”, starring Ed Harris in an Olivier Award-nominated performance; acerbic new comedy, “The Spoils”, written by and starring BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated Jesse Eisenberg; as well as the playwriting debut of internationally acclaimed actor Matthew Perry (“Friends”, “The Odd Couple”) in the world premiere of “The End of Longing”.

ATG Productions also presented the phenomenally successful Jamie Lloyd Company (JLC) series at Trafalgar Studios and the Duke of York’s Theatre, which combined pertinent programming and accessible pricing with the aim of developing a new, more diverse theatrical audience. The radical reworking of classic works that were central to this season included “Doctor Faustus” (Duke of York’s) starring Kit Harington; “The Maids” starring Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael; “The Homecoming” starring John Simm, Gary Kemp and Keith Allen; “The Ruling Class” and “Macbeth” starring James McAvoy; “East Is East” starring Jane Horrocks; “Richard III” starring Martin Freeman; “The Pride” starring Hayley Atwell; and “The Hothouse” starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm (Trafalgar Studios).

West End musical productions have included the musical adaptation of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (Savoy Theatre and UK tour), directed by award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, with book and lyrics by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane, starring Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kingsley. In 2015 ATG Productions reunited with Lane and Yazbek on the stage adaptation of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (Playhouse Theatre), Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 film of the same name starring Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwynne.