At a private dinner party in June, Ian McKellen told Ivan Fallon (deputy editor of the Sunday Times) that, so far, only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ had been revealed at the National Theatre. McKellen then promptly got on the phone to Sir Peter Hall and told him that the Sunday Times was out to get him. Whilst denials, counter-accusations and writs were hurled around, McKellen quietly disappeared on a ‘walking holiday’. You don’t actually have to be present to have stage presence.
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