Art & Culture

The National Theatre Is Hosting A Pub Quiz With Helen Mirren And Ian McKellen Today

By Alex Landon

The National Theatre’s new quiz has more acting talent than most Hollywood films…

Sure, you’ve done virtual quizzes aplenty by this stage, but how many have you done with a celebrity quizmaster? Ok, how about four celebrity quizmasters? This, dear readers, is what’s on offer at the National Theatre’s first virtual quiz, which arrives on Monday April 27 – and will be hosted by Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Lenny Henry, Lesley Manville, and Sir Ian McKellen.

That’s a seriously heavyweight lineup of acting talent, which, apart from guaranteeing zero stage fright, will make this quiz one to remember. The quartet will be delivering questions on history, sport, nature, and the National Theatre (unsurprisingly), and expect the utmost professionalism from all – especially McKellen, who’s been known to pop in and host the pub quiz at The Grapes, the Limehouse pub which he owns.

You’ll be able to play along on the National Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and I’d like to think that the prospect of acting royalty should be enough to deter you from cheating! Oh, and if you miss this week’s, don’t worry: the National Theatre are planning to run the quizzes on the final Monday of each month, so there’ll be an opportunity to join again in May.


Find out more about the quiz here, and don’t forget to check out the brilliant shows the National Theatre are streaming for free this month!