Paul McCartney swaps singing for acting as he takes to the stage with Tom Hanks at star-studded Shakespeare charity reading
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 26 September 2013
He is famous for his singing and song-writing skills.
But Sir Paul McCartney appears to have caught the acting bug.
The 71-year-old took part in the Simply Shakespeare event in Los Angeles on Wednesday alongside Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and William Shatner.
Multi-talented: Paul McCartney took part in the Simply Shakespeare event in Los Angeles on Wednesday alongside Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
The former Beatle voiced the play The Two Gentlemen Of Verona during the event, which was held at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Paul looked in fine form, showing off his trim body in a fitted black suit paired with dark boots as he took to the stage.
The legendary artist posed for a picture with Tom and Rita, who opted for a more dressed-down look for the occasion.
Dapper: Paul looked in fine form, showing off his trim body in a fitted black suit paired with dark boots as he took to the stage
Thespian: The former Beatle voiced the play The Two Gentlemen Of Verona during the event, which was held at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica
Ticket prices to the event cost $1,500, with proceeds benefiting the center's veteran and inner-city youth employment programs.
Paul made headlines on Monday when he brought thousands of fans to Hollywood Boulevard where he serenaded them with a free concert as part of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.
Describing it as a 'balmy' evening, Sir Paul was on fine form as played hits including Magical Mystery Tour, Let It Be and Hey Jude.
Dressed down: Rita kept it casual in jeans while Tom wore a simple grey shirt
Looking good: The 56-year-old showed off her slender figure in the fitted jeans, which she paired with a black printed T-shirt and blazer
The English musician was on the show to promote his upcoming album New that will be released on October 14 in the UK.
It is Sir Paul's sixteenth studio album and his first since his 2007 recording Memory Almost Full.
The left-handed bass player sat down with Jimmy and shared that he still has anxiety-related dreams about performing with the Beatles and his post-Fab Four band the Wings.
'I'm there let's say with the Beatles and we're playing and the audience starts to leave,' Paul said of his recurring dream, adding that he wakes in a cold sweat.
The dreams are pure matters of the mind, as Paul told Jimmy that it never happened in real life.
Funnymen: Jason Alexander and Martin Short were also at the charity event