McKellen to host bus tour for Shakespeare film season

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Ian McKellen launches the BFI Shakespeare on Film series in London, announcing he will host London bus tours as part of it. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).

McKellen to host bus tour for Shakespeare film season


Having tackled his works on stage and on screen, Ian McKellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” as part of a film programme marking 400 years since the playwright’s death. The 76-year old actor, who has starred in a number of Shakespeare adaptations, will take fans to London’s St Pancras station as well as Battersea power station, locations used in the 1995 film in which he played the tyrant king in a 1930s setting. The tours are part of the British Film Institute’s “BFI Presents Shakespeare on Film” programme, launched by McKellen on Monday and which will feature screenings of movie adaptations of the playwright’s celebrated works. McKellen told Reuters on Monday (January 25) that the bus tour was a little idea that he long treasured. The BFI will host events looking at how filmmakers have been influenced by Shakespeare’s works such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet”, “Henry V” and “Macbeth” and it added that 18 British Shakespeare movies will also be screened in 110 countries. The BFI programme launches on the South Bank on March 31, a few weeks before theatre fans mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 1616. McKellen remarked that the beauty of Shakespeare is that he was so perceptive about human nature. He was so interested in the whole range of people from the top of society to the bottom and everything in between and that is what makes his work so enduringly relevant today.

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