Ian McKellen

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Ian McKellen to play Hamlet at the Edinburgh fringe
The actor will share the role with Danish dancer Johan Christensen in a new production this summer

Chris Wiegand

30, Mar, 2022 @10:06 AM

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TV tonight: Sir Ian McKellen reflects on gay kisses and X-Men’s origins
The celebrated actors opens up to the BBC’s Amol Rajan. Plus, Billy Connolly is searingly honest about fatherhood. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hollie Richardson, Henry Wong, Ali Catterall and Hannah Verdier

03, Mar, 2022 @6:20 AM

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Patrick Stewart: ‘I’d go straight home and drink until I passed out’
As he beams aboard another Star Trek adventure, the 81-year-old actor talks about playing Picard as an intergalactic Prospero, hitting the bottle during an exhausting Macbeth – and reaching page 310 of his memoir

Mark Lawson

02, Mar, 2022 @5:11 PM

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Ian McKellen keen to star in a stage musical: ‘I’m available but incompetent’
The actor, who is taking on a one-off role as a detective, is ready for an all-singing, all-dancing production next

Chris Wiegand

25, Jan, 2022 @11:09 AM

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Whodunnit? Ask Emma Thompson and her surprise super-sleuths
Ian McKellen and Sanjeev Bhaskar will also take to stage and solve a crime without rehearsal in starry fundraising drama at London theatre

Mark Lawson

21, Jan, 2022 @3:42 PM

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Fellowship of the Ring at 20: the film that revitalised and ruined Hollywood
Peter Jackson’s first Lord of the Rings film was a stunning achievement but it introduced a new world of delayed and extended gratification

Guy Lodge

19, Dec, 2021 @6:27 AM

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The Cherry Orchard review – Ian McKellen is brilliantly poignant in resonant adaptation
Artfully combining clumsiness with precision, McKellen’s Firs is the highlight of a production marked by arresting gestures and modern parallels

Mark Lawson

14, Oct, 2021 @8:27 AM

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The week in theatre: Hamlet; Anna X; Lava – review
Ian McKellen’s assurance as the Prince of Denmark is a double-edged sword

Susannah Clapp

25, Jul, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Hamlet review – Ian McKellen’s risky prince reveals method in the madness
The actor brings brilliant nuance and daring to his part in an age-blind production marred by some eccentric decisions

Arifa Akbar

21, Jul, 2021 @10:00 PM

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Ian McKellen’s Hamlet loses two actors amid claims of bitter disagreement
Steven Berkoff and Emmanuella Cole will not be part of production when it opens on Monday

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

18, Jul, 2021 @2:16 PM

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Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’
It’s half a century since Sir Ian McKellen first played Hamlet. Now he’s starring as the Dane again – at 82. He talks about his extraordinary life, why he’ll never write his memoir – and his one lasting regret

Tom Lamont

13, Jun, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Amazon to stream major National Theatre plays in UK and Ireland
Cumberbatch and McKellen among big names to appears in live-recorded stage shows

Mark Sweney

25, May, 2021 @1:30 PM

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