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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.
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 the Tony Award in 1981.

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[West End]

[West End]
Mother Goose [Replacement]

[West End]
London Production, 2022

[West End]
Original West End Production, 2019

[West End]
Chichester Festival Theatre West End Revival, 2018
King Lear

[West End]
Almeida Theatre Original Film Project, 2017

[West End]
West End Production, 2016

Broadway Revival, 2013

Broadway Revival, 2013

Broadway Revival, 2001



Original Broadway Production, 1980
Antonio Salieri

[London Fringe]
Original London Production, 1977


Ian McKellen Movies

[1969]Alfred the Great Roger

[1969]A Touch of Love George

[1969]The Promise Leonidik

[1981]Priest of Love D.H. Lawrence

[1983]The Keep Dr. Theodore Cuza

[1985]Plenty Sir Andrew Charleson

[1985]Zina Kronfeld

[1989]Scandal John Profumo

[1993]Six Degrees of Separation Geoffrey

[1993]The Ballad of Little Jo Percy Corcoran

[1993]Last Action Hero Death Sir Ian McKellan

[1994]I'll Do Anything John Earl McAlpine

[1994]The Shadow Reinhardt Lane

[1994]Heaven's a Drag Quilt Documentary Narrator

[1995]Richard III Richard III - Duke of Gloucester

[1995]Restoration Will Gates

[1995]Jack & Sarah William

[1997]Bent Uncle Freddie

[1997]Swept from the Sea Dr. James Kennedy

[1998]Gods and Monsters James Whale

[1998]Apt Pupil Kurt Dussander

[1999]The Book That Wrote Itself Mr. McKellen

[2000]X-Men Eric Lensherr, Magneto

[2001]The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf

[2002]The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gandalf

[2003]The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gandalf

[2003]X2: X-Men United Eric Lehnsherr, Magneto

[2003]Emile Emile

[2005]Neverwas Gabriel Finch

[2005]Eighteen Jon Anders

[2005]Sprung! The Magic Roundabout Zebedee

[2005]Asylum Dr. Peter Cleave

[2006]The Da Vinci Code Sir Leigh Teabing

[2006]Flushed Away The Toad

[2006]X-Men: The Last Stand Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto

[2006]Doogal Zebedee

[2006]Displaced voice

[2007]The Golden Compass Iorek Byrnison

[2007]Stardust Narrator

[2012]The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gandalf

[2013]The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Gandalf

[2014]X-Men: Days of Future Past Magneto

[2014]The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Gandalf

[2014]Miss in Her Teens The Prologue

[2015]Mr. Holmes Sherlock Holmes

[2016]Look Back in Anger Colonel

[2017]Animal Crackers Horatio P. Huntington

[2017]Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth

[2018]National Theatre Live: King Lear King Lear

[2018]All Is True Earl of Southampton

[2019]The Good Liar Roy Courtnay

[2019]Cats Gus the Theatre Cat

[2021]Infinitum: Subject Unknown Dr. Charles Marland-White

[2023]The Critic Jimmy Erskine

Ian McKellen TV Shows

Vicious Freddie Thornhill

Ian McKellen Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 2017 - Best Actor

Ian McKellen, No Man's Land

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Ian McKellen News

Interview: 'She's Quite a Character!': Actor Clare Perkins on Modernising Shakespeare and Playing Mistress Quickly in Robert Icke's PLAYER KINGS

Player Kings, a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, arrives on the West End in April. Recently, we had the chance to speak with Clare Perkins, who plays Mistress Quickly. We discussed taking on a modern version of Shakespeare and what she hopes audiences take away from the work.

Dame Rosemary Squire And Sir Howard Panter Receive Freedom Of The City Of London

The City of London Corporation has announced that theatre entrepreneurs Dame Rosemary Squire and Sir Howard Panter have received the Freedom of the City of London, in recognition of their contribution to theatre and the cultural life of London.

'You Should Be Disturbed;' Ralph Fiennes Calls For Limited Trigger Warnings In Theatres

Ralph Fiennes has voiced his opposition to the use of trigger warnings in theatres, advocating for audiences to experience the full impact of the production without prior alerts to potentially disturbing content.

UK New Writing Initiative Launched By Bullet Point Theatre

Bullet Point Theatre have announced their brand-new initiative, Pitch Point, aiming to break the gap between new work creatives and those who can take their shows to the next level, supported by Seven Dials Playhouse this Spring 2024.

Scottish Premiere Of New Dolly Parton Musical HERE YOU COME AGAIN Comes To Glasgow's King's Theatre in October

Here You Come Again will arrive in Glasgow as part of a major UK tour ahead of performances in the West End. The Scottish premiere of this new Dolly Parton musical brings all her biggest hits together for the first time ever in a rollicking and joyful show, fully authorised by Dolly herself.

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For PLAYER KINGS, Starring Ian McKellen!

Rehearsal photos have been released for Player Kings, adapted by Robert Icke from William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.  Check out the photos here!

METAVERSE OF MAGIC Will Embark on International Tour with Sights Set on Broadway and the West End

Metaverse of Magic, a new Australian interactive theatrical production is set to embark on an international tour, with its sights set on Broadway and London's West End, having concluded its successful premiere Australian tour.

Dolly Parton's HERE YOU COME AGAIN Will Embark on UK Tour Prior to West End Run

Following its UK Premiere in Leeds from Saturday 11 May to Saturday 8 June, Here You Come Again will embark on a major UK tour, bringing together for the first time ever all of Dolly Parton's biggest hits in a rollicking and joyful new musical, fully authorised by Dolly herself.

Full Cast Set for PLAYER KINGS Starring Ian McKellen, Toheeb Jimoh & Richard Coyle

IAN MCKELLEN, TOHEEB JIMOH & RICHARD COYLE star in Robert Icke's production of PLAYER KINGS, adapted from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2.

Toheeb Jimoh and Richard Coyle Join Ian McKellen in Robert Icke's Production of PLAYER KINGS

The full cast has been revealed for Player Kings, adapted by Robert Icke from William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.

Mark Strong and Lesley Manville to Star in Robert Icke's OEDIPUS in the West End

Oedipus, a new adaptation created by Robert Icke after Sophocles, is set to have a West End run. Learn additional details and see how to purchase tickets!

HOT WHITE HEIST Podcast Starring Bowen Yang, Cynthia Nixon, Jane Lynch & More to Return for Season 2

Audible, Inc.'s hit queer action-comedy Hot White Heist will return for season two on March 7 with six half-hour episodes available exclusively on Audible.

CATS is Now Available to Stream on Netflix

The 2019 film adaptation of CATS is now available to stream on Netflix in the US. Find out how and where to watch CATS here!

Papatango Reveals 2024 New Writing Prize and Partnership with Park Theatre

Papatango has announced that their 2024 New Writing Prize will open for submissions at noon on Wednesday 17 January, until noon on Monday 11 March. Plus, this year's winning play, Some Demon by Laura Waldren, will transfer to Bristol Old Vic from 9 to 13 July.

RSC's New Season to Include OTHELLO, EDWARD II and Works by Sheridan and Hanif Kureishi

Newly appointed Co-Artistic Directors of the RSC, Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey have announced their inaugural season for the Company.

Broadway Streaming Guide: January 2024 - Where to Watch HAZBIN HOTEL & More

Although it may be a new year, a few classics are returning to streaming services, giving Broadway fans the perfect throwback binge list. A new month also wouldn't be complete without some theatre faces popping up in new streaming releases, including the new Mean Girls soundtrack and a star-studded animated series.

Review: MACBETH, Donmar Warehouse

It would be interesting to see the show free from all the fancy listening gear so we can bask in the thrill of seeing Tennant and Jumbo grapple with their actions without a middleman. After all, isn’t part of the beauty of theatre that the audience isn’t separated from the story by a screen of any kind? The run is sold out (as it should be!) and they’re probably already in talks for a transfer (as they should!), but one wonders if this is actually what the future of drama is: a Shakespearean ASMR experience that will be dubbed as immersive. Fair is foul, and foul is fair.

Video: Ian McKellen Stars In Filmed Production of HAMLET Headed To UK Cinemas In 2024

Ian McKellen is reprising the title role in William Shakespeare's Hamlet in a film adaptation of Sean Mathias' acclaimed 2021 production at Theatre Royal Windsor. Watch the trailer!

National Youth Theatre Will Host First Days Gala 2024 in February

Audiences are invited to join the stars of today to support the talent of tomorrow as National Youth Theatre (NYT) announce the 2024 First Days Gala, taking place at The Roundhouse, London on Wednesday 7 February 2024.

Video: Mica Paris & Maiya Quansah-Breed Sing 'Museum of Loss' From REHAB THE MUSICAL

Get a first look at soul legend Mica Paris and Maiya Quansah-Breed singing 'MUSEUM OF LOSS' from Rehab the Musical. Watch the video ahead of its transfer to a new West End venue.


Ian McKellen has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Ian McKellen has appeared on London's West End in 7 shows.

Ian McKellen's first West End show was No Man's Land which opened in 2016

Ian McKellen has been nominated for the Best Actor award at the Olivier Awards for his performance in "No Man's Land".

Ian McKellen's next show will be Player Kings which opens on 4/1/2024 on West End.

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