Two sold-out shows in Wanaka by Oscar-nominated actor Sir
Ian McKellen have raised tens of thousands of dollars towards
the restoration of Christchurch's earthquake-damaged Isaac
The shows at the Wanaka Lake Centre on Saturday night and
Sunday afternoon each attracted 340 people, raising $35,000
in total, a spokeswoman said.
That came from ticket and programme sales, bar takings -
donated by the centre - and individual donations from
The result also helped push national fundraising figures to
about $250,000, with three performances left in Sir Ian's
14-show national tour.
Tickets remained for a performance at the Hawkes Bay Opera
House on June 16, which will be followed by sold-out shows in
Wellington on June 23 and Carterton the following day.
Sir Ian is in New Zealand reprising his Oscar-nominated
character Gandalf in The Hobbit films, and was touring
his one-man show to raise money for the restoration of the
Isaac Theatre Royal, where he performed in Waiting for