In his first Los Angeles stage appearance since his triumphant performance as "Richard III" at UCLA's Royce Hall in 1993, Sir Ian McKellen will bring his solo show "A Knight Out in Los Angeles" to the Los Angeles Theatre Center for two weeks only, May 16 through June 1. There will be three special preview performances at Highways Performance Space, May 12, 13, and 14 at 8:30pm (all seats $20, call 213/660-TKTS).
"A Knight Out in Los Angeles," directed by Gregory Cooke, is an evening of chat, reminiscence, and performance, telling the story of two parallel journeys. Alone onstage, Sir Ian recalls his childhood fascination with the theatre and his experience of acting in London's West End, on Broadway, in Los Angeles, and beyond. He also confides his early awareness of being gay and his momentous decision to finally come out of the closet just before Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 1991 for his services to the performing arts.
"A Knight Out" was first peformed in America during the Gay Games in New York (1994) and the show has since been seen in South Africa and London. In the show, Sir Ian revisits his successes in Shakespeare, with contributions from Armistead Maupin, Tennessee Williams, D. H. Lawrence, and Oscar Wilde. He also gossips about his visit to Buckingham Palace and his filming experiences in Hollywood.
This limited engagement of "A Knight Out in Los Angeles" is Sir Ian's gift to local theatre and gay communities. All proceeds will be distributed to the following organizations: GLAAD, the Ian McKellen Scholarship in Acting at UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, Highways Performance Space and Gallery, The Gay and Lesbian Center Youth Services Department, and the Hobart Boulevard School Shakespeare programme.
Photo by Gregory Cooke