The Face of Gandalf – Ian McKellen
Calling Sir Ian
Contact – April 13, 2000
The Director of Eastbourne’s Butterfly Theatre Troupe’s latest production The Winter’s Tale, John Marwick, has been accused of becoming more than a little obsessed with the Shakespeare play.
John set up a website about the production – then emailed the renowned Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen – who is in New Zealand playing gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings – for directing tips.
Not really expecting a response to his “cheeky” email John says he was thrilled to get a reply from the great man.
“I don’t think it would be helpful for a stranger to arrive at your rehearsals with his own over-baked ideas,” read Sir Ian’s response.
But Sir Ian did offer a small morsel of advice. He recalled a “telling entrance for Mamillius that Shakespeare hadn’t thought of”.
The Winter’s Tale continues on April 13, 14 and 15 at the Muritai School Hall in Eastbourne.
Tickets from Eastbourne Hammer Hardware, or call 562 7623.