Sir Ian has a sketchy memory

Sir Ian Mckellen's sketch of Shakespeare
Sir Ian Mckellen's sketch of Shakespeare

SIR Ian McKellen’s doodle of William Shakespeare has fetched a fair sum at an auction.

The actor, who grew up in Wigan, donated a sketch of the popular playwright to be sold by Hastings Arts Forum last week, which sold for £210.

Proceeds from the auction went towards Hastings Arts Forum, one of the leading community arts organisations in the south east of England. Other items which were auctioned off included works of or by Sir Peter Blake, Derek Jarman and Muhammad Ali.

Meanwhile McKellen is considering writing a memoir about his life.

He said: “I have been thinking about my own memory recently because I am thinking about writing a memoir. I have not kept a diary, which would have made it a lot easier. There are plenty of things I have forgotten and it is usually a great pleasure if someone does remind me of a lost memory. But memory works like that. It discards things and keeps others. It has its reasons.”

McKellen is busy learning a part, which he will play opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, for a television film of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser, and admitted he now finds learning lines a chore.

He said: “My own memory has not given me problems yet when it comes to work, although learning lines for an actor is not the way people imagine it. It is not like learning a list; it is about connecting emotions with a story. Some of my friends tell me they will not work in live theatre again because of the difficulty they have with lines.”