Written by Richard Cottrell
Directed by Garry O'Connor
Ian McKellen in the role of Harry
ADC Theatre Cambridge, Arts Theatre Club London
28 April 1959 - 11 August 1959
Words from Ian McKellen
After exploring old age disguised as Shallow, this new play had me playing my own age. I realised that in preparation for the professional theatre I needed practice in the sort of youthful parts I would hope to be cast in.
University Actors (hiring the ADC theatre) promoted new writing. Richard Cottrell based his first play on his experience in Germany during National Service. My own had been postponed till after university but others, like Richard and some of the cast had already served for two years in the armed forces. There was always a divide between the men returning to Cambridge from duties with National Service and the younger boys, like me, who were fresh from school.
Four months later we transferred to the Arts Theatre in central London for a weekâ€™s exciting run. â€” Ian McKellen, December 2006