Ian McKellen will open Shakespeare Festival in Moscow and in the Urals

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77-year-old Ian McKellen, the outstanding British film and theater actor, known to Russian audiences mainly on the role of the wizard Gandalf, will open the international festival “Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night” in Moscow, and then to Yekaterinburg.

In Moscow McKellen, openly gay and fighter for the rights of LGBT people, will arrive on 21 June. The next day, “Gogol-center”, he will present the film “Richard III”. In this tape 1995, recently restored by the British Film Institute, McKellen starred.

Ian McKellen – a real live Shakespeare Encyclopedia. At age 12 he made his debut in the role of Malvolio (“Twelfth Night”) and since then has played in productions of plays almost all the English classics. June 23 McKellen arrives with the same program in Ekaterinburg.

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