BAFTA-nominated actor to play piano recital

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CHRISTIAN McKay’s extraordinary personification of the great Orson Welles in the film Me and Orson Welles was one of the most talked-about movie roles of recent years.

It won him a BAFTA nomination and a San Francisco Film Critics Circle award and led many commentators to believe McKay, pictured above with Zac Efron, had been robbed of an Oscar.

The San Francisco Chronicle said he had given “the most exact and uncanny screen portrayal of an historical figure, ever”, while Empire said he was “the best screen Welles stand-in to date”.

Now McKay, who is interviewed in this week’s paper and made his acting debut in a Harrogate panto, is coming to the Northern Aldborough Festival.

In what promises to be a fascinating evening, the accomplished musician will perform Spanish composer Enrique Granados’ most famous work: the stunning piano suite Goyescas, inspired by Goya paintings.

In discussion with Andrew Lawson-Tancred he will also talk about his route from the Royal College of Music to RADA, from RSC bit parts to playing a Hollywood icon.

Christian McKay is at Aldborough Church on Tuesday, June 21 from 7.30pm. Tickets are £18. Call 01423 900989, email festival@aldborough.com or go to www.aldborough festival.com.