Never once have we doubted that Sir Ian McKellan is the purest, most wholesome being to grace this earth, but this just solidifies our belief.
Yesterday a performance of King Lear had to be cancelled after Sir. Ian McKellan, the leading actor, injured his leg running for a train. He responded in the most wonderfully McKellan way imaginable — by hosting an impromptu Q&A.
The show was canceled thirty minutes after it was supposed to start, but McKellan was determined not to let the punters down. Instead of sending the people home, he pulled up a chair and started answering audience questions, performing scenes from the King Lear off the top of his head, and even whipped out a couple Gandalf impressions. Oh, and everyone was completely refunded.
The audience seemed pretty chuffed with the outcome, taking to social media to share the once-in-a-lifetime experience:
Standing ovation for Sir Ian McKellen, who welcomed his cast mates to the stage after being unable to perform. While I’m obviously disappointed to not see King Lear, it was a privilege to hear McKellen share his thoughts on theatre this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/r8TCWJJJwX
— Katie Simpson (@CBCKatie) August 4, 2018
I can’t tell what my favorite facet of this story is. Sir Ian McKellan being an absolute angel, or the fact someone of his stature catches public transport.