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McKellen: Playing the Part to be Screened across the UK on 27 May

Apr. 05, 2018

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Join us on Sunday 27 May at 3pm for the UK Premiere of McKellen: Playing the Part, followed by a Q&A with Ian McKellen, hosted by Graham Norton and broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and Scandinavia from London’s BFI Southbank.


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In Playing the Part, audiences will have the opportunity to celebrate one of Britain’s true acting icons on his birthday weekend.

Built around a 14 hour interview, Playing the Partuncovers McKellen’s story. From his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf.

His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorised insight. McKellen: Playing the Part features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.

The film also features dramatic recreations starring Luke Evans, Frances Barber, Adam Brown, Scott Chambers, Milo Parker and Edward Petherbridge.

McKellen: Playing The Part UK Premiere Screening + Q&A with Ian McKellen

Hosted by Graham Norton

Broadcast Live from BFI Southbank, London into cinemas nationwide on Sunday 27 May at 3pm

Tickets now on sale

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