I went up with time to spare, and walked from the station, which took me via Marble Arch, where, it appears, a rather large herd of baby elephants has appeared, since I was last there.
The sculptures are raising awareness of orphaned elephants (The Sheldrake Trust).
There is also a beautiful sculpture of a horse's head, which I did enjoy.
My seat was in the second row of the stalls, so I had an excellent view.
The show was similar to how it was when I saw it last March, although not exactly the same - it still covered him talking about his life history in the first half, including talking about his childhood, his opposition to s.28 and his coming out, being awarded his knighthood, (he wasn't a fan of the Queen's choice of dress on the day) and some of his roles, including his role as Widow Twanky in pantomime - which was hugely entertaining even if, like me, you are not a fan of pantomime! (His reprise of the role involved him throwing first sweets, then oranges, and finally a couple of bananas and a cucumber, into the audience)
This demonstrated that he has excellent aim - he managed to get sweets and oranges into the circle, and even the balcony! The lady sitting to my right got an orange.
Among other things, he gave us 'Gus the Theatre Cat's song from Cats,(prefaced by some plate-licking, which I think is a reference to the new film)
The second half was primarily Shakespearean, with Sir Ian getting the audience to try to name all of Shakespeare's plays (first folio only), with his comments on them and some excerpts.
Sir Ian as a stroppy teenage Juliet was particularly entertaining, and his Rogue and peasant slave speech from Hamlet, and fear no more the heat of the sun from Cymbeline. We also got Aufidius' speech welcoming Martius Coriolanus.
Oh, and a skit on the speech from Henry V , naming the French dead at Agincourt, but replacing their names with various wines - imagine, if you will, Sir Ian intoning 'Chateuneuf de pape' mournfully, as befits a death...
At the very end of the evening, he gave us Sir Thomas More's The Strangers Case speech (the only speech we have written in Shakespeare's own hand, and one which Sir Ian was the first actor to perform, as the lay was banned in Shakespeare's own day.
He had us perform the art of the crowd, caring for the strangers to be expelled, and then delivered the impassioned defence of strangers and refugees, which Shakespeare gave to More.
Because this was the final night, after the show came to an end, there were speeches, from Ian, and his director and stage manager, with thanks and jokes all round.
The tour has been an astonishing achievement - over 160 performances at 80 theatres, and raising over £3M for various theatre-related charities.