Sir Ian McKellen at 80

WayTwoGo replied on 28/06/2019 20:26

Posted on 28/06/2019 20:26

If you get a chance, do go and watch this performance. IF you can get a ticket that is. But do try. Last night at the venue where I saw it they were selling seats that “we do not normally sell”.

This is the tour that Sir Ian Mckellen doing throughout the UK to mark his 80th Birthday. He's visiting every theatre in which he's acted (if they are still standing) plus some new to him. Check out your local theatres.

What a performer. Two and half hours on stage and a master class in acting, performing, stage timing.  The first half began, dramatically, with Tolkien. Of course. Then he told anecdotes about his life / education / influences / Cambridge / early acting companies... all the time acting as the people about whom he was speaking. Few readings from DH Lawrence, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.... harked back to Ivor Novello. Reprised his pantomime dame stint. Very funny and entertaining.

Second half was devoted to Shakespeare..... pure but not quite simple. Lots more anecdotes about actors as well as performing favourite speeches. Very moving as Prospero and in the “Fear no more…” speech from Cymbeline.

Wonderful evening. In Cardiff last night, he had us all singing Cwm Rhondda at the end. Then he stood in the foyer as we all left.

Magical and spellbinding.

 

takethedogalong replied on 28/06/2019 21:22

Posted on 28/06/2019 21:22

Excellent actor, theatre closest to us is sold out. My favourite film performance of his is God’s and Monsters.

WayTwoGo replied on 28/06/2019 22:23

Posted on 28/06/2019 21:22 by takethedogalong

Excellent actor, theatre closest to us is sold out. My favourite film performance of his is God’s and Monsters.

Posted on 28/06/2019 22:23

Beg for a ticket in the “seats we never usually sell”.

Our daughter, who saw the event a while ago in Swansea, has just reminded me that as well as the acting master class, he showed such humanity. True.  As we in the UK go Hell in a handcart, it was salutatory to be pointed to Sir Thomas More’s “The Strangers’ Case” speech, which Sir Ian performed. A 400 year old speech which is horribly, and regrettably, relevant today.