Ringer Spy and all around nice guy Irascian emailed us some information about two upcoming events in the UK that will feature some Lord of the Rings-cast: Collectormania 3 (I wish I could be there) and a Q&A with Sir Ian McKellen!

It never rains but it pours, for LOTR fans in the UK and May Bank Holiday weekend has a couple of interesting things going on for movie fans.

Collectormania 3 at Milton Keynes (which is free), has two special screenings (which aren’t free) planned. On Saturday 3rd May at 6.15pm FOTR will be shown with John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Billy Boyd, Bruce Hopkins and Sala Baker all taking part in a 30 minute talk immediately afterwards. Tickets are £15 each and strictly limited to 120 places. On Sunday 4th May the whole process is repeated but with TTT being the film under scrutiny. You can find details about how to get tickets (email/phone to check for availability before sending cheques) at: www.ShowmastersOnline.com/CollectormaniaEvents.html.

And on Sunday, 4th May at 7pm Ian McKellen hosts a fund-raiser for The Open Space (formerly St Paul’s) in the Isle of Dogs, London, entitled “An Audience with Ian McKellen”. Tickets cost £30 for front rows and £25 for the rest and the audience are encouraged to show up and ask questions about Sir Ian’s role playing Gandalf. More information can be found at: www.TheSpace.demon.co.uk/!

Tickets for both were still available when I checked yesterday.