Ian McKellen to appear at

Q&A and performance to benefit activities of  The Space Arts Centre

Clair Dobbs
Public Eye Communications Ltd
Plaza Suite 318
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London SW10 0SZ
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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, 23 April 2003


Sir Ian McKellen, currently starring in The Lord of the Rings and the soon to be released X2, and on stage in Dance of Death at the Lyric Theatre, will be appearing at The Space in London on Sunday, May 4 at 7pm.  He will be taking questions from the audience about his life and career on stage and screen.  He'll also be reading and performing selections from Tolkien and Shakespeare. 

Sir Ian is a principal patron of The Space arts centre, a performance space/gallery/cafe bar/restaurant in an historic and architecturally significant building on the Isle of Dogs. 

Sir Ian recently recalled how he first became involved with The Space. "When I moved to the moribund docklands of the East End of London over 20 years ago there were very few amenities where local residents could meet and be entertained - if we disregard the public houses! There was a sad lack of cinemas or theatres. Then Robert Richardson rescued the derelict chapel that had once served the sailors and others who worked the docks. Almost singlehanded he imagined an intimate space where performers could work close to their audience. I watched the transformation and have loved visiting The SPACE (St Paul's Arts CEntre) just as I am very happy to be performing there once more."

The May 4 event is open to the public by purchase of advance tickets only, by telephone 0207 515 7799 or email ali@space.org.uk. Ticket prices 30/ 25.

The Space: http://www.space.org

Sir Ian McKellen: http://www.mckellen.com

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