First Call, Last Call
Wednesday 11 November 1998
A COUPLE of months ago, Sir Ian McKellen took a bold step in announcing that he may never act in London again - some of the capital's theatres "betray the soul of acting," he said. As a result, Leeds is currently blessed with one of Britain's finest classical actors. In Noel Coward's Present Laughter, McKellen portrays a great actor who gives his finest performances off-stage in his whirlwind social life. Malcolm Sutherland directs.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113-244 2111) opens 10 Dec
ONCE BLESSED with a die-hard following, Bristol hip-hop crew Massive Attack (right) look to be losing their fanatical fan base. After some well-publicised angst, and having taken time out to produce their third album, Mezzanine, which met with mixed reviews, Massive Attack have denied rumours of a split. Even so, with their clutch of seminal tracks, the band will have no trouble attracting a hip crowd to their forthcoming gigs.
Sheffield Arena (01142 565656) 3 Dec; Cardiff International Arena (01222 224488) 7 Dec; Birmingham NEC (0121-780 4133) 9 Dec, Bournemouth IC (01202 456456) 12 Dec
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
- 3 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Britain's first cinema flickers back to life following £6m refurbishment
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
James May hints Top Gear days are over following Jeremy Clarkson's BBC exit
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew