I might arrange a dress rehearsal before I go: Ian McKellen on his memorial service

Veteran actor-stage star Ian McKellen has said he has everything planned when it comes to his funeral and wants his memorial service to be held in a theatre in a “celebratory way”.

The 78-year-old actor said he thinks about death “every day” and even spent a whole evening making a “wish list” for the final service to acknowledge his life journey, The Times reported.

According to upcoming documentary, McKellen: Playing The Part, McKellen said he did not want religion involved in his funeral.

“And I would like the memorial to take place in a celebratory way – in a theatre. Free admission. And I’d want a lot of beautiful people. And when I finished this I thought, ‘Ooh, I’d love to go to that funeral.’ So I hope I might arrange a dress rehearsal before I go,” the Lord of The Rings star said.

“As I see other people getting decrepit and unable to work, I think, well, that may well happen to me… But in the meantime why deny myself the pleasure of rehearsing a play?” he added.