McKellen Show Just for New Zealand

“For the past decade he has been best known as the X-Men antihero Magneto or The Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf, but in more than a dozen sold-out performances in New Zealand, where he was shooting The Hobbit, Ian McKellen, 73, has played himself,” The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Howard writes. Ian McKellen on Stage: With Shakespeare, Tolkien and You raised $315,000 for the earthquake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. “‘It is a show I will never do again,’ McKellen said. ‘It is absolutely for New Zealand. It is absolutely for Christchurch and for the people who wanted to come along. I don’t think it would migrate very well. I like that. I think people have sensed that this is really for us.’”


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Lynley Dodd Reveals Secret of Hairy Maclary

Lynley Dodd Reveals Secret of Hairy Maclary

The influence of Jane Austen on Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy may not be immediately apparent, but it’s there. At least that’s what New Zealander Lynley Dodd said at the opening…