Worcester College gives Distinguished Visiting Fellowship to Sir Ian McKellen

Worcester College gives Distinguished Visiting Fellowship to Sir Ian McKellen

25th October 2016 By James Broun

The veteran actor Sir Ian McKellan has been elected a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Worcester College, a three-year appointment which can be renewed.

Sir Ian is expected to visit the college twice a year, giving ‘in conversation’ events and masterclasses for students. He is also involved in developing several apps with the Provost of Worcester, Sir Jonathan Bate; they will aim to make Shakespeare more accessible to young people.

A spokesperson for the College has said that: “Ian McKellen is probably the world’s most distinguished Shakespearean actor, equally admired for his work as a campaigner for gay rights”. The actor is especially regard for his Shakespearean performances. The Provost of Worcester College is a renowned Shakespearean scholar and has served as a board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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