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Can Sir Ian McKellen invoke his Gandalf wizardry to save ‘The Space’ on Isle of Dogs with crowdfunding?

Sir Ian McKellen... crowdfunding to save The Space. Picture: Ben Broomfield

Sir Ian McKellen... crowdfunding to save The Space. Picture: Ben Broomfield

Ben Broomfield

A crowdfunding drama is being staged by the wizard of the big screen Sir Ian McKellen to secure the future of The Space performing arts theatre on the Isle of Dogs.

Uncertain future... The Space in Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs. Picture: Ben BroomfieldUncertain future... The Space in Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs. Picture: Ben Broomfield

The Space was launched by the Theatres Trust to prevent hundreds of theatres shutting down, but now faces permanent closure itself because of the lockdown crisis.

So it is crowdfunding to secure its future support for creatives and theatre-makers while involving thousands of people across east London during the pandemic.

Its star patron Sir Ian, known more in another role as Wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit, has pledged support with an online Q and A for funding donors.

Artistic director Adam Hemming wants the public to buy “rewards for others” as sponsorships for theatre-makers.