Behold The Man: Ian McKellen At Nottingham Playhouse: £50,000:Opening Doors To What Theatre Is….

Above: Ian Mckellen reading from Dylan Thomas, (after Cardiff he’s on to Northcott, Exeter).

He’s an extraordinary good fellow, Ian Mckellen: like Shakespeare using the imagination to understand war, conflict and fighting a path through to a lasting peace, he’s a man for all the right reasons.

You’ll recognise his face, celebrity and presence from his amazing performance of Gandalf in the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, X Men…..

 

but the breadth of Ian’s performing life is quite astonishing: (see his career credits at the bottom of this article).

 

Above: top with Adam Penford Artistic Director Nottingham Playhouse, below as Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, as himself in his 2019 one man show and with Leo Mckern in The Life In My Hands in 1964,  about capital punishment a year after the Playhouse opened.

I wish I’d seen 80 year old Ian Mckellen’s one man show when he came to Nottingham Playhouse on 25th and 26th June a show he’s touring around 67 cities this year, starting at the Space Theatre and ending in August in the Isle of Orkney.

One person shows cross poetry, acting, performance and dance and make you feel connected to the energy in life. They bring autobiography, our hunger to know about connections, entwinings and entanglements: truth, facts, evidence and ever richer stories closer to more people more of the time. I know my daughter and mum were deeply moved when they went to see Tony Benn’s one man show.

Not only is Ian Mckellen a legendary actor, he was also one of the founders of Stonewall  who, in the same way as Black Panthers transformed how America understood civil rights. Stonewall changed representation of LGBT and transgender people forever. When we consider how President Trump sees himself as an activist against rights activists in america (see him at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference before he went to Japan for G20), we realise how important love, pacifism and making a space for everyone really is just now.

Education and participation is part of that.

Through his two nights at Nottingham Playhouse, Ian Mckellen has been instrumental in raising £50,000 to continue our local theatre’s amazing mission work to increase participation in the theatre at every level. I participated in their Roundabout Theatre’s Saturday morning workshops as a child (a Joan of Arc workshop was particularly moving and memorable). Theatre and rehearsal, improvisation gives you space, everyone needs space.

Listening to the autobiography of Derek Jarman on radio 4 made me realise how fragile and strong humans and our sense of rights and history are. Original and acclaimed film maker Jarman died during the war of and on gay people during the section 28 era   I got the sense in Rupert Everett’s reading of the unfolding of leaves of truths about Jarman’s legacy that he fought for truth and justice until the very end of his life with love, friendship and incredible courage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006fwm

Go Mckellen, go Nottingham Playhouse…..!(there’s a fantastic Nottingham Post article about the background and the show by local author/literature activist Dave Belbin)

Ian McKellen Credits Theatre/Film/TV/Video Game/

1964 A Scent of Flowers Godrey Duke of York’s Theatre

1965 Much Ado About Nothing Claudio National Theatre

Old Vic

1965 Armstrong’s Last Goodnight Protestant Evangelist National Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre

1965 Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ Capt. de Foenix National Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre

1966 The Man of Destiny / O’Flaherty V.C. Corporal Napoleon / Private O’Flaherty Mermaid Theatre

1966 A Lily in Little India Alvin Hanker Hampstead Theatre

1966 Their Very Own and Golden City Andrew Cobham Mermaid Theatre

1967 The Promise Leonidik Fortune Theatre

Henry Miller’s Theatre

1968 The White Liars / Black Comedy Tom / Harold Gorringe Lyric Theatre

1968–1970 Richard II Richard II UK tour

1969 The Bacchae Pentheus Liverpool Playhouse

1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Director Also director

Liverpool Playhouse

1969 Three Months Gone N/A Director

Liverpool Playhouse

1969–1970 Edward II UK and European tours

1970 Billy’s Last Stand Darkly Royal Court Theatre

1970 The Recruiting Officer Captain Plume UK tour

1970 Chips with Everything Corporal Hill UK tour

1971 Hamlet Prince Hamlet UK and European tours

1971 The Swan Song Svetlovidov Crucible Theatre

1972 The Real Inspector Hound N/A Director

Phoenix Theatre

1972 The Erpingham Camp N/A Director

Watford Palace Theatre

1972 Ruling the Roost / Tis Pity She’s a Whore / The Three Arrows Page-boy / Giovanni / Prince Yoremitsu UK tour

1973 A Private Matter N/A Director

Vaudeville Theatre

1973–1974 The Way of the World / The Wood Demon / King Lear Lady Wishfort’s Footman / Kruschov / Edgar UK tour

Brooklyn Academy of Music

1974 Tis Pity She’s a Whore Giovanni New Wimbledon Theatre

1974 Dr Faustus Dr. Faustus Edinburgh Festival

Aldwych Theatre

1974 The Marquis of Keith Aldwych Theatre

1975 King John Aldwych Theatre

1975 The Clandestine Marriage N/A Director

Savoy Theatre

1975 Ashes Colin Young Vic

1975 Too True to Be Good Aubrey “Popsy” Bagot Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Aldwych Theatre

Globe Theatre

1976–1977 Romeo and Juliet Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Aldwych Theatre

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

1976 The Winter’s Tale King Leontes Royal Shakespeare Theatre

1976–1978 Macbeth Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Young Vic

Donmar Warehouse

1977–1978 The Alchemist Face Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Aldwych Theatre

1977 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Alexander Barbican Arts Centre

1977 Pillars of the Community Karsten Bernick Aldwych Theatre

1977 The Days of the Commune Langevin Aldwych Theatre

1978 A Miserable and Lonely Death Kentridge Aldwych Theatre

1978–1979 Twelfth Night / Three Sisters Sir Toby Belch / Andrei Also producer

UK tour

1979 Bent Max Royal Court Theatre

Criterion Theatre

1980–1990 Acting Shakespeare Himself World tour

1980–1981 Amadeus Salieri Broadhurst Theatre

1982 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Alexander Barbican Arts Centre

1983 Short List Terry Hampstead Theatre

1983 Cowardice Ambassadors Theatre

1984 Venice Preserv’d Pierre Royal National Theatre

1984 Wild Honey Michael Platonov Royal National Theatre

1984 Coriolanus Gaius Marcius Coriolanus Royal National Theatre

1985 The Duchess of Malfi Bosola Royal National Theatre

1985 The Real Inspector Hound / The Critic Inspector Hound / Mr. Puff Royal National Theatre

1985 The Cherry Orchard Lopakhin Royal National Theatre

1986–1987 Wild Honey Michael Platonov August Wilson Theatre

1988–1989 Henceforward... Jerome Vaudeville Theatre

1989 Othello Iago Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Young Vic

1990–1992  Richard III World tour

1992 Uncle Vanya Royal National Theatre

1993–1997 A Knight Out Himself UK & US tours

1997, 1998 An Enemy of the People Dr. Tomas Stockmann Royal National Theatre

Ahmanson Theatre

1997 Peter Pan Mr. Darling/Captain Hook Royal National Theatre

1998 Present Laughter Garry Essendine West Yorkshire Playhouse

2001–2004 Dance of Death Edgar Broadhurst Theatre

Lyric Theatre

Sydney Arts Festival

2004, 2005 Aladdin Widow Twankie The Old Vic

2006 The Cut Max Donmar Warehouse

2007–2008 King Lear Lear Stratford-upon-Avon

Brooklyn Academy of Music

New London Theatre

2007–2008 The Seagull Sorin Stratford-upon-Avon

Brooklyn Academy of Music

New London Theatre

2009–2010 Waiting for Godot Estragon Theatre Royal Haymarket

Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

Fugard Theatre

2011 The Syndicate Don Antonio Chichester Festival Theatre

2013–2014 Waiting for Godot / No Man’s Land Estragon / Spooner Cort Theatre

2016 No Man’s Land Spooner Wyndham’s Theatre

2016 – 2019 The Exorcist (voice only) The voice of the Demon Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Phoenix Theatre London

UK tour

2017 Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others and You Himself Park Theatre

2017–2018 King Lear Lear Chichester Festival Theatre

Duke of York’s Theatre

2019 Ian McKellen on Stage – With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You Himself UK tour

Harold Pinter Theatre

Filmography

1969 The Promise Leonidik Michael Hayes

Alfred the Great Roger Clive Donner

A Touch of Love George Matthews Waris Hussein

1981 Priest of Love D. H. Lawrence Christopher Miles

1983 The Keep Dr. Theodore Cuza Michael Mann

1985 Plenty Sir Andrew Charleson Fred Schepisi

Zina Arthur Kronfeld Ken McMullen

1989 Scandal John Profumo Michael Caton-Jones

1990 Othello Iago Trevor Nunn

1993 Six Degrees of Separation Geoffrey Miller Fred Schepisi

The Ballad of Little Jo Percy Corcoran Maggie Greenwald

Last Action Hero Death John McTiernan

1994 To Die For Quilt Documentary Narrator Peter Litten Voice

The Shadow Dr. Reinhardt Lane Russell Mulcahy

I’ll Do Anything John Earl McAlpine James L. Brooks

1995 Restoration Will Gates Michael Hoffman

Richard III  Richard Loncraine Also writer and executive producer

Jack and Sarah William Tim Sullivan

1997 Swept from the Sea Dr. James Kennedy Beeban Kidron

Bent Uncle Freddie Sean Mathias

1998 Gods and Monsters James Whale Bill Condon Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor

Apt Pupil Kurt Dussander Bryan Singer

2000 X-Men Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Villain

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf the Grey Peter Jackson Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gandalf the White

2003 X2 Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Bryan Singer Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain

Emile Emile Carl Bessai

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gandalf the White Peter Jackson

2004 Eighteen Older Jason Anders Richard Bell Voice

2005 Neverwas Gabriel Finch Joshua Michael Stern

Asylum Dr. Peter Cleave David Mackenzie

The Magic Roundabout Zebedee Dave Borthwick

Jean Duval

Frank Passingham Voice

2006 Flushed Away The Toad David Bowers

Sam Fell

The Da Vinci Code Sir Leigh Teabing Ron Howard Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain

X-Men: The Last Stand Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto Brett Ratner

2007 Stardust Narrator Matthew Vaughn Voice

The Golden Compass Iorek Byrnison Chris Weitz

2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gandalf the Grey Peter Jackson

2013 The Wolverine Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto James Mangold Uncredited cameo

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Gandalf the Grey Peter Jackson

2014 Miss in Her Teens The Prologue Matthew Butler Hart

X-Men: Days of Future Past Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto (future) Bryan Singer Shared role with Michael Fassbender

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Gandalf the Grey Peter Jackson

2015 Mr. Holmes Sherlock Holmes Bill Condon

2017 Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth

Animal Crackers Horatio P. Huntington Scott Christian Sava

Tony Bancroft Voice

2018 All Is True Earl of Southampton Kenneth Branagh

2019 The Good Liar Roy Courtnay Bill Condon Completed

Cats Gus the Theatre Cat Tom Hooper Completed

Television

1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling Plowden Episode: “The Tomb of His Ancestors”

1965 Sunday Out of Season Victor Leech Television film

The Wednesday Play Wolf Episode: “The Trial and Torture of Sir John Rampayne”

1966 David Copperfield 9 episodes

1970 Solo John Keats Episode: “Ian McKellen as John Keats”

1972 Country Matters David Masterman Episode: “Craven Arms”

1978 Jackanory Reader Episode: “The Moon in the Cloud”

1980 Armchair Thriller Anthony Skipling Episode: “Dying Day”

1981 Pillar of Fire Narrator Documentary

1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel Paul Chauvelin Television film

Walter Walter Television film

1983 Walter and June Walter Television film

1988 Windmills of the Gods Chairman 2 episodes

1989 Countdown to War Adolf Hitler Television film

1993 And the Band Played On Bill Kraus Television film

1995 Cold Comfort Farm Amos Starkadder Television film

1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Nicholas II Television film

1999 David Copperfield Mr. Creakle 2 episodes

2003 The Simpsons Himself Voice

Episode: “The Regina Monologues”

2005 Coronation Street Mel Hutchwright/Lionel Hipkiss 10 episodes

2006 Extras Himself Episode: “Sir Ian McKellen”

2008 King Lear King Lear Television film

2009 The Prisoner Number Two 6 episodes

2012 Doctor Who The Great Intelligence Voice

Episode: “The Snowmen”

2013–2016 Vicious Freddie Thornhill 14 episodes

2015 The Dresser Norman Television film

2018 Family Guy Dr. Cecil Pritchfield Voice

Episode: “Send in Stewie, Please”

Video games

2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gandalf

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age

2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth

Music videos

1988 Pet Shop Boys Heart

2014 George Ezra Listen to the Man

Film and television

Academy Awards

1999 Gods and Monsters Best Actor Nominated for 6

2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Best Supporting Actor Nominated for 7

Annie Awards

2006 Flushed Away Voice Acting in a Feature Production Won

BAFTA Awards

BAFTA Film Awards

1995 Richard III

Best Actor Nominated

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Best Actor Nominated for 9

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Best Supporting Actor Nominated for 9

BAFTA TV Awards

2016 The Dresser Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Critics’ Choice Movie Award

1998 Gods and Monsters Best Actor Won

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Best Cast Won

Golden Globe Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result

1995 Richard III Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated

1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Best Supporting Actor – Television Won

1998 Gods and Monsters Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated

Poppy Awards

2015 The Hobbit Best Supporting Actor Won

Primetime Emmy Awards

1993 And the Band Played On Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

2006 Extras Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

2008 King Lear Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie[9] Nominated

2009 The Prisoner Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

Satellite Awards

1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Best Supporting Actor – Television Nominated

1998 Gods and Monsters Best Actor Motion Picture Drama Nominated

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated

Saturn Awards

1998 Apt Pupil Best Supporting Actor Won

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Best Supporting Actor Won

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Best Supporting Actor Nominated

2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards

1998 Gods and Monsters Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role Won

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Won

Miscellaneous award wins

Year Nominated work Award Result

1993 And the Band Played On CableAce Award for Best Supporting Actor Miniseries/Movie[9] Won

1995 Richard III European Film Award for Best Actor Won

1998 Gods and Monsters British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Won

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won

National Board of Review Award for Best Actor Won

San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor Won

Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won

1998 Gods and Monsters / Apt Pupil Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won

Theatre

Drama Desk Awards

1974 The Wood Demon / King Lear Outstanding Performance Won

1981 Amadeus Outstanding Actor in a Play Won

1984 Acting Shakespeare Outstanding One-Person ShowWon

1987 Wild Honey Outstanding Actor in a Play Won

Evening Standard Awards

1984 Coriolanus Best Actor Won

1989 Othello Best Actor Won

Olivier Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result

1977 Pillars of the Community Best Actor in a RevivalWon

1978 The Alchemist Best Comedy Performance Won

1979 Bent Best Actor in a New Play Won

1984 Wild Honey Best Actor in a Revival Won

1986 The Cherry Orchard Best Actor Nominated

1990 Othello / Bent Best Actor Nominated

1991 Richard III Best Actor Won

1992 Uncle Vanya Best Actor Nominated

2008 King Lear Best Actor Nominated

2017 No Mans Land Best Actor Nominated

2019 King Lear Best Actor Nominated

Tony Awards

1981 Amadeus Best Actor in a Play Won

1984 Acting Shakespeare Best Actor in a Play Nominated

Other theatre awards

1998 A Knight Out in Los Angeles Garland Award for Outstanding Solo Performance Won

Honorary awards

2004 Pride International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement & Distinction Award

2006 Olivier Awards Society’s Special Award

2009 Evening Standard Awards The Lebedev Special Award

2010 Empire Awards Empire Icon Award

 

2017 Istanbul International Film Festival Honorary Award

 

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