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
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
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Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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