Wouldn’t you like to know where Ian McKellen is spending his summer? In the delightful South East town of Chichester. Oh yes! The Great One is sharing the honours with Michael Pennington in the world premiere of Mike Poulton’s new version of Eduardo De Filippo’s The Syndicate, a dark comedy directed by Sean Mathias about the Italian underworld. The trouble is, the production is now SOLD OUT and the theatre is offering returns only!

Don Antonio (McKellen) rules the Naples underbelly with a rod of iron, providing a form of rough justice for the criminals of Naples who have no other access to the law. When a respectable but poor young man decides to murder his father, he visits Don Antonio for advice. The Neapolitan ‘Godfather’ emerges from the shadows to make the young man’s father an offer he can’t refuse.

Also starring are Oliver Cotton (Arturo Santaniello), Cherie Lunghi (Donna Almida) and Jane Bertish as Immacolata.
The cast also includes Margaret Clunie, Philip Correia, Mark Edel-Hunt, Gavin Fowler, David Foxxe, Annie Hemingway, Brendan O’Hea, David Shaw-Parker, Janet Spencer-Turner, Michael Stevenson and Michael Thomson.

The play goes on tour to Malvern Theatres (August 23– 27 www.malvern-theatres.co.uk), Cambridge Arts Theatre (Aug 29-Sept 3 www.cambridgeartstheatre.com),
Theatre Royal Bath (Sept 5-10 www.theatreroyal.org.uk) and Milton Keynes Theatre (Sept 12-17 www.ambassadortickets.com/miltonkeynes).