Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen is riveting: Hamlet, at Theatre Royal Windsor, reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Ian McKellen in his early eighties plays the Dane in his mid-twenties. A production with such a strange innovation should…

It’s not all fluffed lines: the serious business of amateur dramatics

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The greatest pain of lockdown has been, for me, the absence of am-dram. In one half of my life I’m…

If we offer Ian McKellan a peerage, will he promise not to inflict his King Lear on us again?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Gandalf, also known as Ian McKellen, has awarded himself another lap of honour by bringing King Lear back to London.…

Paradise Lost is made for radio – but you need to concentrate

31 March 2018 9:00 am

It’s a tough listen, Paradise Lost on Radio 4 at the weekend. In bold defiance of the demands of a…

National Poetry Day's mistake: letting normal people do the reading

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Imagine what Brennig Davies must have felt like just before 11 o’clock last Tuesday evening. The 15-year-old was about to…

I dozed through it quite significantly: Mr Holmes reviewed

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Mr Holmes stars Ian McKellen as the great detective in his old age and while it could have proved a…