A much-loved actor is celebrating his birthday with a theatre tour - and Lyme Regis is the first stop.

Sir Ian McKellen will perform a one-man play at the Marine Theatre.

The actor, who has six Olivier Awards, a Tony, a Golden Globe, two Oscar nominations and four BAFTA nominations, as well many theatrical awards, is widely regarded as one of the greatest stage and screen actors.

McKellen, who famously played Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, has announced that he will appear on-stage at the Marine Theatre in July 2019 in a one-man show.

“The show starts with Gandalf and will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage," the actor said. "In between there will be anecdotes and acting. Live theatre has always been thrilling to me, as an actor and in the audience.”

The solo show is part of the actor’s 80th birthday celebrations in selected theatres from Orkney to Lyme Regis.

The money raised from the event will go towards specific projects at the arts venue.

“I’m delighted to be making my debut in Lyme Regis," McKellen said. "As part of the UK tour celebrating my 80th birthday. I’m pleased that all profits will support the youth theatre and help update the Marine’s dressing rooms. See you there, I hope.”

Fans will also have the chance to buy premium tickets to meet McKellen before the show in a intimate drinks reception.

Theatre manager Sophia Moseley said: “We were so pleased when Sir Ian’s team rang the Marine. It’s delightful to work with him to raise money for the venue. He’s not only one of the world’s greatest actors, but has also campaigned considerably for social movements. I can’t wait to share this special event with the community.”

Tickets are available from marinetheatre.com and the Bridport and Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centres. Booking Fee may apply.