Sir Ian McKellen and Andrew Jarvis chatting ahead of Sir Ian’s performance at St George’s Guildhall last year. Picture: Paul Tibbs

In the wake of last year’s successful inaugural King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival, which saw legendary star of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen in town, artistic director Andrew Jarvis has announced a second festival this April.

The venue will again be the historic Guildhall but the format will be changed to a one day festival held on Saturday, April 25.

Entitled, A Day in the Company of King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Andrew Jarvis, the content will contain similar elements to last year.

 The morning session from 10am to 12.30pm will see a talk by West Norfolk man Mr Jarvis on the nature of the Shakespearean text.          

  The afternoon session from 2pm to 4.30pm will be a practical Shakespearean acting workshop led by Mr Jarvis,  which will follow up in more detail the ideas explored in the morning session. 

 The aim being to both experience and to understand how to speak and to act Shakespeare, said Mr Jarvis.  

  The workshop will be open to anyone of  any age – with or without any previous experience. Just bring along a piece to work on or one will be supplied. 

 There will be an evening session from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with a celebratory performance by Mr Jarvis called, “A Life with Shakespeare – Reminiscences of 50 Years as a Professional Actor.” 

  There will also be a question and answer session.

Mr Jarvis said: “A format not too far removed from that used by Sir Ian McKellen at the 2019 Shakespeare Festival.”

He added the evening would be more of a journey describing his work over the years.