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McKellen, sporting the clipped moustache and black uniform of the Nazi or the Mosleyite, gives a brilliantly malevolent performance.
It seems an appropriate match, but in a crowded market filled with memorable reincarnations, how does McKellen's version - in new movie Mr Holmes - differ?
McKellen admits he has trouble with another discipline because he finds the internet so distracting.
By the end of the tour and the new West End run, Ian McKellen On Stage is expected to have raised PS3 million.
The 80-year-old star brought his one-man show, Ian McKellen On Stage, to the venue on June 21 and 22, playing to three packed houses as part of his 80th birthday celebrations visiting 80 venues around the country raising vital funds for each theatre in the process.
Rachael Thomas, executive director at The Rep said: "Ian McKellen's visit to The Rep was not only an incredible spinetingling demonstration of the power of live performance but a powerful awareness raising opportunity of the charitable case for the arts.
The special, at Norwich Playhouse, was part of a national tour of his show, Ian McKellen: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others & You.
Ian Mckellen is famous for starring in multiple commercially successful film franchises that include the Lord of the Rings franchise and also the X-Men.
McKellen tweeted Saturday that comments made during the live #QueerAF podcast were "clumsily expressed." He said "I suggested that if closeted people were instead open about their sexuality they wouldn't abuse others.
ACTING WIZARD TAKES TO THE ROAD SIR Ian McKellen is celebrating his 80th birthday next year with an 80-date solo show called Ian McKellen On Stage.
Tour: Sir Ian McKellen." The tour begins on January 25 | Go to for details.