The X-Men star will reprise some of his most famous roles, including Gandalf and MACbeth, for nine performances of Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You at the Park Theatre in July (17). Proceeds from the production will benefit the theatre.

Pictures, posters, and paintings from the 77-year-old's films and stageshows will be on display and several pieces will be available for sale. MCKellen will also answer questions from audience members, who will be able to participate in the performances.

"I'm performing at Park Theatre to help raise funds for the charity," the actor says. "In a short time the theatre has established itself on both the theatrical and local maps. But with no public subsidy for core costs they need to bring in donations of around $312,000 (£250,000) every year just to keep the doors open.

"The monies raised from the higher ticket prices for this production will support their core ambition of producing accessible theatre throughout the coming years and furthering their work with the local community... I do hope you'll support this wonderful cause."

MCKellen last hit the London stage in 2016 for No Man's Land at Wyndham's Theatre.