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IAN MCKELLEN THE BIOGRAPHY BY GARRY O’CONNOR

This is a captivatingly , warmly written ,fascinating biography of one of the theatrical greats of our times .The paperback version is of medium size and weight , divided into three parts and thirty eight chapters and includes a list of illustrations , a file of acknowledgements and a well researched and presented index at the back.

The author, Garry O’Connor, is a biographer and novelist, noted for his publications on theatrical and literary figures. He has written acclaimed biographies of Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Paul Scofield, Peggy Ashcroft, and Alec Guinness – and now McKellen. O’Connor has written and presented programs for radio, including Campion’s Ghost for Radio 4, adapted from his novel about John Donne. O’Connor has directed for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) , acted with McKellen at Cambridge and has known him since 1958 , directing McKellen in some of his early roles. Continue reading IAN MCKELLEN THE BIOGRAPHY BY GARRY O’CONNOR

MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART. DVD GIVEAWAY

Theatre Actor. Film Star. Political Activist.  Inspirational Teacher.

Discover the life story of Sir Ian McKellen, as told by the man himself in this feature-length documentary.  The legend shares his personal stories and thoughts – from his childhood to present day – as well as a wealth of never-before-seen material.  Private photo albums, diaries written when he was 12, and behind-the-scenes footage from theatre productions and movies complete this intimate and intriguing journey. Continue reading MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART. DVD GIVEAWAY

KING LEAR. A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT FROM NT LIVE

This Image: KING LEAR Director – Jonathan Munby, Designer – Paul Wills, Lighting Oliver Fenwick, The Duke Of Yorks Theatre, 2018, Credit: Johan Persson/
Featured Image: KING LEAR. Credit: Johan Persson/

According to the preshow interviews Ian McKellen wanted “another crack at Lear” and so he did. This production directed by Jonathan Munby and originating at the 300 seat Chichester Festival Theatre, transferred to the West end with considerable physical change to the theatre to preserve the production’s intimacy.

National Theatre Live‘s KING LEAR has been masterfully captured in all its detail and immediacy with an authoritative cinematic eye toward the characters and relationships of the piece.   There’s an enrichment in the shot selection of this historic record of one of the great performers in the grand role.  From the “loosen this button” to the later flaccidity of the fool’s coxcomb to Reagan’s French manicure, the film has the closeness of the front row. Continue reading KING LEAR. A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT FROM NT LIVE

MCKELLEN AS LEAR: PREVIEW TICKET GIVEAWAY

KING LEAR The Duke Of Yorks Theatre, 2018, Credit: Johan Persson

Filmed live in London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear in cinemas.  Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run.

Jonathan Munby directs this nuanced and powerful contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, KING LEAR sees two ageing fathers: one a King, one his courtier, reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

KING LEAR via Sharmill Films [Facebook]   will open nationally on November 3 and you can see the trailer here.  *Please note: audiences should be made aware that KING LEAR will contain some strobe lighting. Continue reading MCKELLEN AS LEAR: PREVIEW TICKET GIVEAWAY

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

In the second in a trilogy of films adapted from the ever popular book THE HOBBIT, by J.R.R.Tolkien, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG we follow the further adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he dangerously journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to find the Arkenstone and reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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