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Sir Ian McKellen helps raise £15,187 for Barnsley Arts Centre

The Civic were delighted to host Sir Ian McKellen, and raise a total of £15187.06 for their #Connect campaign.

Barnsley was a buzz on Tuesday, as Sir Ian McKellen arrived in town for his show: Ian McKellen on Stage With Tolkein, Shakespeare, Others… and you!

The much anticipated show had sold out at The Civic in just over an hour after going on release back in November and the much loved actor made everyone’s wait worth it, as he enchanted and inspired fans of all ages with a two act, one man show.

Sir Ian, who has just announced an extension of his tour recently celebrated his 80th birthday. In his first visit to Barnsley, he performed an intimate show, involving the audience, included some of his most loved parts and plenty of anecdotes from an incredible life of acting.

The show will tour to a total of 80 venues and all profits from will benefit specific causes at each theatre. On the night of the show in Barnsley Sir Ian’s generosity knew no bounds as he collected with his bucket, raising extra funds for the Barnsley arts centre as well as giving delighted fans the chance to bask a little longer in his glory.

Money from ticket sales, programmes and the donation bucket went straight into the charity pot. The money raised came to £7593.53, which will be matched £1 for £1 by the Arts Council, bringing the total fund to a fantastic £15187.06. This money will contribute to The Civic’s ambitious aims to become a world-class destination for the arts by 2023.

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of The Civic. As a much loved Grade II listed building, The Civic has been part of the town since 1877. It reopened in 2009 after investment to refurb, but did so with a third of the building unfinished and unused.

The #Connect fundraising campaign aims to open up the whole of The Civic, add a new theatre, café, and extended gallery, and re-open 22,000 sq ft creating a wow-factor.

“We are very grateful to Sir Ian McKellen and his team for coming to Barnsley as part of the 80 stages tour. It was an absolute pleasure to host him at our venue, as well as see his amazing performance. He helped spread the message for us about the need to keep our much loved venue alive for years into the future and we are thrilled to have raised such a large amount for our capital campaign. Helen Ball, CEO of the Civic

Speaking about the tour Sir Ian said: “Live theatre has always been thrilling to me, as an actor and in the audience. Growing up in Lancashire, I was grateful to those companies who toured beyond London and I’ve always enjoyed repaying that debt by touring up and down the country myself, with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Prospect Theatre, the Actors’ Company, as well as with commercial productions.”