(Michael Shulman’s anecdote appeared in the New Yorker, 7/13.)

Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, both Commanders of the Order of the British Empire, were in town recently—not, as you might expect, to star in a Beckett play but to rack up another title: grand marshals of the gay-pride parade. Both actors are seventy-six, and both have Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear on their résumés. Three days before the festivities, they sat in the back room of the Stonewall Inn, a first-time visit for both of them.

Sir Ian (tall, sonorous, selectively droll) looked across the table. “Do you remember the moment we set our eyes on each other?”


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