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It may have been four years since he last played Gandalf the Great, but Sir Ian McKellen looks set to don the robe and wizard hat once again.

The BBC reports the Lord of the Rings and X-Men star will perform in Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You, a one-man show looking back on a career on stage and screen that’s spanned five decades.

Just which of Sir Ian’s many roles will be included is up for grabs. The Tolkien reference in the title means Gandalf will certainly be there, while “Shakespeare” refers to his major stage roles, such as when he played Macbeth alongside Dame Judi Dench in 1976.

“Others,” on the other hand, could include characters such as Magneto, an aging Sherlock Holmes, or perhaps even his debut TV role in 1964’s The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling, seen below.

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

But what about “& You”? Well, Sir Ian will apparently also offer audiences the opportunity to ask questions and even participate onstage.

The whole thing is for charity, and will raise funds for the Park Theatre in London.

“In a short time the theater has established itself on both the theatrical and local maps,” explained Sir Ian in a statement, “but with no public subsidy for core costs they need to bring in donations of around £250,000 ($311,000) every year just to keep the doors open.”

In all there will be nine performances, taking place at the Park Theatre between July 3 and 9. Tickets went on sale yesterday (March 22), and are already sold out, though a note on the website promises more will be made available soon.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.