Written by Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall

Directed by Anthony Richardson

Ian McKellen in the role of Stan Dyson

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

13 November 1961 - 26 November 1961


Words from Ian McKellen

Miranda Marshall (Lillian Howes) joined us for this production – she read fortunes from palms and waiting for our entrance behind the flats of the scenery, she forecast that I was going to be a very successful actor one day. I didn’t believe her, partly because my only ambition was to become as good an actor as possible. I wasn’t looking much beyond my apprenticeship at the Belgrade Theatre.

Comments and Reviews

A Northern comedy. Double bill with THE MAN IN THE CAGE by Susan Hill.


Banner photo: L to R: Bridget Turner, Miranda Marshall, Hazel Coppen, Derek Newark, Jennie Lynne, Peter French, Ronald Magill, Gillian Martell, Robert Gillespie, Ian McKellen.

Another chance for the regular company to show its versatility — my own contribution was as a Teddy-Boy in tight jeans and leather jacket restoring my native Lancashire accent which Cambridge University had tempered with received pronunciation.


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