Ian McKellen at the Smart Talk
As Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, nears its end, Ian discusses the significance of the lines in which Shakespeare says goodbye to the theatre. ©

British Council

Sunday 12 June 2016

Smart Talk with Ian McKellen at Shanghai International Film Festival

Shakespeare on Stage, Screen and Elsewhere

Ian McKellen, British acting legend and recipient of every major theatrical award in the UK and US, delivered an exclusive Smart Talk at the Shanghai International Film Festival on 12 June 2016. As part of the British Council’s global campaign Shakespeare Lives, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Ian discussed his extraordinary range of Shakespeare performances and the problems and pleasures of interpreting Shakespeare for the theatre, television, radio and cinema.

The British Council, collaborating with Shanghai International Film Festival and the British Film Institute, organised the event at the Shanghai Theatre Academy as part of its 2016 Smart Talk series. Smart Talks bring some of the UK’s most successful and inspiring alumni to China, giving students and the public a chance to interact with them and learn about their exciting lives. The British Council’s 2016 Smart Talk series is supported by Rolls-Royce.