The veteran actor staged an impromptu Q&A session when a performance of King Lear was cancelled
We already knew that Sir Ian McKellen is a legend of the stage. But over the weekend he cemented that reputation in quite extraordinary style.
On his way to the Saturday matinee performance of King Lear at the West End Duke of York's Theatre, McKellen, 79, injured his leg running for a train.
The performance was cancelled as a result, but rather than leave theatregoers disappointed McKellen took part in an impromptu Q&A session.
He spoke for 90 minutes, telling stories about his career and performing snippets of Shakespeare from memory.
Afterwards McKellen released the following statement on his social media channels:
Audience member Katie Simpson tweeted a photo of the event:
Sir Ian McKellen injured himself running to catch a train, and this afternoon’s performance of King Lear is cancelled. Instead, McKellen is chatting with the audience taking questions, and it is pretty incredible. pic.twitter.com/UcNLiWNgE7
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