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Sir Ian McKellen to speak on playing Shakespeare

Actor Ian McKellen talks to Shakespeare expert Jonathan Bate

Ian McKellenOne of our greatest actors Sir Ian McKellen is to join Shakespeare scholar Professor Sir Jonathan Bate for a discussion to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of The Bard.

McKellen, pictured right, and Bate will discuss how their lives have been shaped by their relationship to the great plays.

Meanwhile, the date for the popular Levison Wood Walking the Himalayas event has been moved to April 14 for unavoidable reasons.

Tickets are also now on sale for the festival’s 20th anniversary dinner, at which writer and academic Dr Peter Frankopan, will talk about his highly acclaimed The Silk Roads: A New History of the World.

The book provides the inspiration for the dinner at Keble College prepared on an Eastern theme by two of the brightest young talents in the London restaurant scene, Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer of Honey & Co.

A welcome Negroni cocktail will be prepared for diners by Alice Lascelles, journalist and author of Ten Cocktails, the Art of Convivial Drinking, and everyone will go away with a piece of celebratory Shakespeare cake prepared by Juliet Sear, a leading cake designer and author of Cakeology.

Other dinners now on sale include an Italian-themed dinner overseen by the acclaimed food writer Claudia Roden, and a Chinese meal overseen by the world authority on Chinese food Ken Hom to close the festival.

Events can be booked online now via oxfordliteraryfestival.org. A walk-in and telephone box office (0870 343 1001) is open at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford, Mon-Sat 9am-6.30pm (9.30am Tues) and Sun 11am-5pm.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival sponsors, donors & partners

FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Carole and John Allen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine European Commission T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd