Fanboy Meltdown 2: Magneto Meets the Doctor
I finally watched most of the third X-Men movie on HBO last night, and found I didn’t really miss the absence of Patrick Stewart for half the film. A major reason for that, of course, was another wonderful performance by Stewart’s fellow Shakespearean thesp, Sir Ian McKellan.
Sir Ian, not to be outdone by news of Stewart appearing in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet alongside Dr. Who‘s David Tennant, has been headlining ex-RSC director (and old Cambridge mate) Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of King Lear, which plays this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Alas, notes the NY Times preview, all performances are sold out. The Dr. Who connection here is that Sylvester McCoy (Doctor #7) appears in the role of Lear’s Fool.
The production, which began in Stratford upon Avon in repertory with Chekhov’s The Seagull (that’s Anton Chekhov, not Pavel) and has been touring the world, will wind up in London’s West End in November.
More information and photos can be found on Sir Ian’s website.