McKellen gives £25k for new plays

Sir Ian McKellen is offering up to £25,000 to producers to stage new plays and revivals, funded by his successful 80thbirthday tour.

Ian McKellen on Stage (pictured) raised over £5m in 2019 to set up the grant scheme to cover actors’ fees in rehearsal or performance where the work would not be possible without the funding.

The deadline for funding applications is 31 August 2022 via

“Starting out in the professional theatre, ambition and good intentions are rarely enough” McKellen said. “Even the most successful production, in a small theatre, cannot hope to raise sufficient funds to cover costs.

“Too many emerging producers and newly-trained actors live on the bread-line, discouraged as well as hungry.  Hence this scheme to support work that would otherwise be done on the cheap or not done at all. Our grants provide the dignity of work for a living wage.”

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