Even though The Hobbit films did their best to make every J.R.R. Tolkien fan question why they ever fell in love with the author’s fantasy works to begin with, Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy remains a beloved piece of cinema. One of the key reasons for this was the casting, which featured standout performances across the board from a variety of veterans and newcomers alike. That being said, only one actor in the franchise was given an Oscar nomination, which makes sense considering Ian McKellen’s Gandalf was the MVP through both trilogies.
Gandalf remains one of McKellen’s most beloved roles and while there’s no chance of seeing the actor reprise the role on the big screen, he is planning on playing Gandalf at least one more time … just not in the way you might expect.
McKellen has revealed that he will star in a one man show in London’s historic Park theater this summer. The show is called ‘Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others & You,’ and will feature some of his most famous roles on stage, including the wizard Gandalf.
The show, which runs over a six night span from July 3-9, is designed for audience interaction, as McKellen plans to invite various audience members onto the stage to be part of the performance. In addition, the show will see the actor recite famous lines, talk with past directors and co-stars, and show an inside look into his professional life.
‘Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others & You’ will raise money for the Park Theater’s foundation, which strives to keep the doors open for local and professional theaters.