From Tribute Magazine: Ian McKellen, now appearing on the big screen in X2: X-MEN UNITED, is also currently appearing onstage in August Strindberg’s ‘Dance of Death’ at London’s Lyric Theatre. A cat’s presence is required in the play, and producers initially suggested using a stuffed feline. However, McKellen demanded a real cat, so one was found at a nearby shelter and is now making his stage debut opposite the award-winning veteran actor, who will also appear later this year on the big screen as Gandalf in ROTK. Dance of Death runs until June 7.