Sir Ian McKellen talks tattoos and hats in Sheffield boozer

Top - Manager Mark Connor with acting legends Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. Bottom right - Liam Doherty with Owen Teale. Bottom left - Lauren Horwell with the cast. Photos courtesy of Mark Connor, Liam Doherty and Lauren Horwell
Top - Manager Mark Connor with acting legends Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. Bottom right - Liam Doherty with Owen Teale. Bottom left - Lauren Horwell with the cast. Photos courtesy of Mark Connor, Liam Doherty and Lauren Horwell

One Sheffield boozer has played host to acting legends Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen and Owen Teale – who gave the staff advice on tattoos and hats.

The stars have made The Head of Steam, city centre, their ‘local’ while performing in a production of No Man’s Land, which is running at The Lyceum Theatre until August 13.

Sheffield pub manager Mark Connor with acting legends Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. Photo courtesy of Mark Connor.

Sheffield pub manager Mark Connor with acting legends Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. Photo courtesy of Mark Connor.

In the production Sir Ian and Sir Patrick, who are reunited for the first time since the X Men movies, play ageing writers who spend the night drinking.

But as the legends drink non-alcoholic beverages on stage, it seems they are ready for a taste of the real thing after performing.

General Manager Mark Connor said staff snapped selfies with the stars after they visited for some beers on Wednesday.

Then Owen Teale, best known for his role as Ser Alliser Thorne in Game of Thrones, returned with a few of the cast the following night.

Mark said: “Sir Ian spoke to me about how I wore my hat. He said I had to wear it correctly, which is parallel to the ground instead of sticking up.

“What can you say? Of course I took his advice – you can’t ignore a living legend.

“They talked to us about their characters in the play. Owen’s has a lot of tattoo’s, and as I have tattoos, that was a talking point.

“Everybody was really friendly, they let us take some pictures and have a chat, it was really cool.

“They obviously liked the choice of beer and atmosphere too as Owen and some of the cast returned last night.”

To learn more about the production, visit: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/nomansland