McKellen: Playing The Part (plus LIVE Q&A)

Running time: 150 mins

Coming Soon


This live event invites audiences to join us in celebrating Sir Ian McKellen's birthday live from the BFI Southbank. Hosted by Graham Norton and featuring some very special guests, McKellen: Playing the Part Live promises to be a fitting celebration of one of the world's most beloved actors.

Built around a 14 hour interview, Playing the Part uncovers McKellen's story. From his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorised insight.

McKellen: Playing the Part features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.