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McKellen: Playing the Part

In celebration of Iowa City Pride | Co-presented with Filmscene

June 16 @ 7:30 pm

$10 – $15
Genre: documentary film, film, theater
Venue: Englert Theatre
Ticketing: $15 General Admission, $10 General Admission for Friends / Members + Fees
Purchase tickets at the Box Office or Online


Constructed around a 14-hour interview, McKellen: Playing the Part uncovers the remarkable story of actor Sir Ian McKellen. From his upbringing living through the Second World War, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorized insight.

McKellen: Playing the Part features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and exclusive behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived.

“An intimate, enthralling look at the life of a legend.” – Time Out

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