United Solo Announces Ian McKellen as the Winner of the 2020 United Solo Special Award

United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, named Sir Ian McKellen as the winner of the 2020 United Solo Special Award. McKellen was awarded for his solo performance, “Ian McKellen on Stage: Tolkien, Shakespeare and You!” which toured across the United Kingdom last year before coming to London’s West End for a limited run. The show celebrated McKellen’s 80th birthday and explored anecdotes from his illustrious career in the entertainment industry spanning the stage and screen.
“Hello from London!”, McKellen began, as he accepted the award virtually, “Thank you so much for the United Solo Special Award. What a wonderful present for the holiday time.” He shared his thoughts on solo performance and his show and wished the United Solo community happy holidays.
“Ian’s performance was more than just a show — it was also a fundraising effort to support local theaters,” emphasized Omar Sangare, founder and artistic director of United Solo. “Such exemplary kindness inspired others to do the same in the face of the unprecedented challenges that the theatre community faces today.”

Sir Ian McKellen will join past United Solo Special Award recipients, including Anna Deavere Smith (2010), Patti LuPone (2011), John Leguizamo (2012), Fiona Shaw (2013), Billy Crystal (2014), James Lecesne (2015), Staceyann Chin in collaboration with Cynthia Nixon (2016), Michael Moore (2017), Renée Taylor (2018), and Aasif Mandvi (2019).