Review Round Up: Ian McKellen on Stage, Harold Pinter Theatre

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Ian McKellen’s show in which he reflects on his career which arrives in London following a successful UK tour.

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i News: ***** “Shakespeare is handled with a light touch – the audience shout a title and he usually has something personal to say about it – with enough opportunities for longer quotation.”

WhatsOnStage: ***** “It’s a night unlike any other you’ll get in the West End, and without bells, whistles or tricks, an embarrassment of riches. McKellen is one of a kind and a gift to our performing industry – only a fool of a Took would miss this gem of an evening.”

London ***** “McKellen is a consummate stage actor, able to speak directly and intimately to every single person listening to his rapt delivery of this rich language.”

The Arts Desk: ***** “He is clearly enjoying himself hugely, but any accusations of self-gratification melt away in the light of his infectious love of theatre and the many thousands of pounds raised during his country-wide tour for numerous good causes mostly linked to the opening up of his beloved art form to as many people as possible.”

Broadway World: ***** “Legends don’t seem to come quite so humble, entertaining and moving as McKellen and, from beginning to end, this tour of his life and career so far is a complete and utter joy.”

Time Out: **** “The fact is that the show barely scratches the ice of a remarkable life and career. But Sean Mathias’s production does include many of the most fun parts – Widow Twankey is resurrected – as McKellen waxes lyrical with the help of various props and aide-mémoires pulled from the large travel trunk on stage.”

The Metro: ***** “The piece is elastic, depending on the audience and his mood; the West End opening ran to three hours, which, truth be told, was a little too much of a good thing. But McKellen is a true great: he’s the wizard, the king — and the master.”

Ian McKellen On Stage runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre until the 5th January. To book tickets click here or visit: Love, West End Theatre Breaks, Encore Tickets, From the Box Office, See Tickets or Last

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