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11 July

11 July

Sounds of Musical Theatre


Sir Ian McKellen, star of stage and screen will play the title role in an age-blind production of Hamlet at the Theatre Royal Windsor. McKellen, who gave his last Hamlet almost 50 years ago, will be directed by Seam Matthias. Joining the multi-award winning octogenarian will be Jenny Seagrove, Ben Allen, Emmanuella Cole, Alis Wyn Davies, Oli Higginson, Nick Howard-Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Asif Khan and Missy Malek.

Produced by Bill Kenwright, the production, which began rehearsals this week, will reopen the venue at a date to be announced. The production of Hamlet will be followed by Martin Shermans adaptation of Anton Chekhovs The Cherry Orchard in which Sir Ian will play the role of Firs the elderly manservant. Speaking about taking on the role, McKellen said: I feel lucky to be working again, thanks to Bill Kenwrights inspiring optimism and Sean Mathiass invitation to re-examine Hamlet, 50 years on from my first go.

So now we will meet again. Dont know when but do know where Theatre Royal Windsor. Sir Ian most recently performed on stage in his 2019 one-man touring show Ian McKellen On Stage With Tolkien, Shakespeare, others and YOU.

The piece, also directed by Sean Matthias, was a mix of acting and anecdotes from his life on the stage, and toured the UK to raise money for UK theatres and charity. .

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