SIR THOMAS MORE
Written by Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, Anthony Munday & William Shakespeare
Directed by Frank Dunlop assisted by Richard Digby Day
Ian McKellen in the role of More
Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham
10 June 1964 - 4 July 1964
Words from Ian McKellen
1964 was ShakespeareÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quattrocentenary and Nottingham PlayhouseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contribution was to un-earth this play containing a scene indisputably by Shakespeare (the hand-written manuscript survives in the British Museum). John Neville was to have played More until he fell out with his co-artistic director, Frank Dunlop, who re-cast me in the part. I relished embodying a Shakespeare hero in the first-ever professional production of the play. I have often re-called this production when speaking the More speech about Ã¢â‚¬Å“strangersÃ¢â‚¬Â in my solo shows Ã¢â‚¬Å“Acting ShakespeareÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Knight OutÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Our company was augmented by the arrival of Steven Berkoff. He was quiet and not much popular. Onstage his movements were eccentrically wooden Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but this was early in his career and before he had studied mime with LeCoq or begun to write his explosive plays.