Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for Sir Ian McKellen

19 October 2016

Worcester College is delighted to announce that Sir Ian McKellen CH has been elected as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow for an initial period of three years. He will come to College twice a year, when there will be "in conversation" events and masterclasses for the benefit of students. Sir Ian is working with the Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, on a project to create iPad Apps that will make Shakespeare freshly accessible to young people. The pilot App, The Tempest, with Sir Ian as Prospero and his longstanding fellow actor Sir Derek Jacobi as Gonzalo, has recently been released:

Ian McKellen is probably the world's most distinguished Shakespearean actor, equally admired for his work as a campaigner for gay rights, and beloved for his film performances in such roles as Tolkein's Gandalf. Worcester College Oxford has a long and celebrated tradition of Shakespearean performances in the gardens and by (sometimes on) its lake. This summer, Shakespeare's 400th anniversary was celebrated with a promenade production of Twelfth Night, co-directed by the Provost, who is a renowned Shakespearean scholar.