Acting great Sir Ian McKellen to make Ballymena stage debut
Sir Ian McKellen, is set to appear in Ballymena - where his great-great-grandfather, James McKellen, was a strict, evangelical Protestant preacher - as part of an 80-date tour of the UK.
The renowned actor will celebrate turning 80 next May with a tour of his On Stage show - taking in Belfast's Lyric Theatre on July 25-26, the Waterside Theatre in Londonderry on July 27, Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena on July 29, and Newtownabbey's Theatre at the Mill on July 31 and August 1.
He said: "James McKellen left Ballymena in 1840; since then our family have been settled in England but I very much wanted to discover my roots during my UK tour celebrating my 80th birthday. It's high time I made my debut here raising funds to support the work at The Braid."