"IAN McDiarmid is on a trip down memory lane. After more than 35 years, he's back in the rehearsal room at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, listening to the music from the Christmas show waft up the stairs three times a day.
"I remember three-a-days, they were fun," he says, a flush of nostalgia in his voice. "I did three-a-days at the Citz as an ugly sister. That was a great company, Tim Curry as Buttons, Cheryl Campbell as Cinderella, Jonathan Kent (with whom McDiarmid would later direct the Almeida Theatre for 13 years) as a snow pixie. Do put that in, it's important he remembers that."
And McDiarmid twinkles mischievously. At 64, he's a small, wiry man with that distinctive profile, the receding forehead, the nose. (Casting him as Galactic Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars, George Lucas is reported to have said: "Great nose".)
For all that he gets described as prickly and private, he's talking 19 to the dozen about his current project, his own adaptation of Andrew O'Hagan's novel Be Near Me, which he is rehearsing with the National Theatre of Scotland. He talks as he moves, fast, as if he stayed in one place for too long someone might pin him down."
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