Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by John Tanfield
Ian McKellen in the role of Survivor
ADC Theatre, Cambridge
27 November 1958 - 6 December 1958
Words from Ian McKellen
This was my reward for having being noticed in the Nursery Productions. The Survivor makes a spectacular entrance into the marketplace and dies. I was in impressive company and I felt a bit cowed by them all.
Simon Relph was son of the producer Michael Relph whose own father George, had played Billy Rice in the original â€œLook Back in Angerâ€. Corin Redgraveâ€™s father Sir Michael was knighted for his acting on stage and screen and his sisters Vanessa and Lynn visited. Garry Oâ€™Connorâ€™s father Cavan was known as â€œthe vagabond singerâ€ on radio and records. Two other future pros: Roger Hammond was a light-footed Baron de Charlus and Richard Cottrell compellingly world-weary, as the ever-present Guttman. Philip Strick became a respected film critic.
I couldnâ€™t quite believe the concentration expected and everyoneâ€™s seriousness. I was in the midst of a crowd who were as fascinated by theatre as I was. â€” Ian McKellen, December 2006