Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen to bring new show to Bristol

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The Gandalf actor will be performing at the Hippodrome this summer

Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen will appear in a new show at Bristol Hippodrome in July.

Player Kings is adapted from William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and is to go on a UK tour following its London West End run.

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The production will visit Bristol Hippodrome from July 3-6 and the Gandalf actor will play the part of John Falstaff.

McKellen will be joined by a cast that includes Toheeb Jimoh (Ted Lasso and Romeo and Juliet) and Richard Coyle (Ink and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore).

Ian McKellen will play the role of FalstaffIan McKellen will play the role of Falstaff
Ian McKellen will play the role of Falstaff | Bristol Hippodrome

McKellen said: “Player Kings is a version of Shakespeare’s most English plays. So I am glad we are bringing our production across the country which they celebrate.”

The 84-year-old actor was last seen in Bristol when he appeared in Mother Goose at the Hippodrome in April 2023.

Player Kings is at Bristol Hippodrome from July 3-6 and tickets are on general sale via the website from March 22.

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