Ian McKellen in "King Lear" and "The Seagull"

Actor Returns to Stratford
for First Time Since 1989

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For Immediate Release
Wednesday 1 June 2006

Ian McKellen returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 18 years in a company performing "King Lear" and Chekhov's "The Seagull." The two classics will play in repertoire in the new Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from March 2007 before a world tour, yet to be planned in detail.

McKellen will play King Lear in the closing production of the RSC's Complete Works Festival, and will also appear in "The Seagull." Trevor Nunn will direct both productions.

Ian McKellen said; "This is the fulfillment of a long-held dream of Trevor and me to do Lear together. His previous productions of the play at Stratford were remarkable. Our own relationship goes back nearly 50 years to Cambridge where we acted together as undergraduates. Then for the RSC I played in his productions of "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth," "The Winterıs Tale," "The Alchemist," "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," and "Othello."

RSC Members' booking for "King Lear" and "The Seagull" opens in July 2006 and public booking opens in September 2006.

RSC Box Office: 0870 609 1110.

Repertoire and casting details to be announced.

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