Ian McKellen's one man show, television show, and DVD. With Ian McKellen. Ian McKellen, alone on stage, with no props or scenery, performs monologues from Shakespeare and discusses some of his plays. Q: How did your programme "Acting Shakespeare" come about? A: In I was working for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and I got an invitation to go up. Acting Shakespeare is a one-man show of Shakespearean monologues interspersed with theatrical anecdotes devised and performed by Ian McKellen. Even if ''Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare'' were not an invigorating display of the actor's craft, it would still be enjoyable as a warm account of. Ian McKellen explores his personal connection to the works of Shakespeare and demonstrates how actors in general relate to the Bard's characters by. Alone on stage, with no props or costumes, distinguished and celebrated actor Ian McKellen performs some of the most striking monologues from Shakespeare's.