Ian McKellen Radio/Spoken Word


2018BBC Radio 4Paradise LostJohn Milton adapted by Michael Symmons Roberts

First transmitted 24 March 2018


MiltonIan McKellen
ElizabethFrances Barber
SatanSimon Russell Beale
BeelzebubJonathan Keeble
AdamAshley Margolis
ChristDavid Seddon
MammonConrad Nelson
EveEmily Pithon
GodRussell Dixon
DirectorSusan Roberts
AuthorJohn Milton
AdaptorMichael Symmons Roberts

2010Polydor Ltd.Invisible LightScissor Sisters
2010BBC Radio 4GOLDFINGERWRITER: Archie Scottney based on Ian Fleming's novel
2009BBC Radio 4WALTER NOWWRITER: David Cook
2008Audible.comOUTCASTWRITER: Michelle Paver

Fourth in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

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2006BBC Radio 4SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHTWriter: Simon Armitage

My reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, newly translated by the poet Simon Armitage, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15pm on Thursday 21st December 2006.


Writer: Samuel Coleridge


2006Orion Audio BooksSOUL EATERWRITER: Michelle Paver

Third in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

Published: 7 September 2006

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2005Orion Audio BooksSPIRIT WALKERWRITER: Michelle Paver

Second in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

Published: 7 September 2005

2005BBC ASYLUMWRITER: Patrick McGrath
2005BBC Radio 4THE PRELUDEWRITER: William Wordsworth
DIRECTOR: Susan Roberts
LINKS by Robert Woof

First broadcast Monday 25 July -Friday 29 July 2005

I read five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version. The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

2005BBC Radio 4TERRE HAUTEWRITER: Edmund Wilson
DIRECTOR: Maria Aitken
With Troy Hill and Stuart Milligan

First broadcast 25 February 2005 21.00

Just before he was executed for the Oklahoma bombing, Timothy McVeigh was in correspondence with the American writer and iconoclast, Gore Vidal. In this play, the award winning novelist Edmund White imagines what would have happened had they ever met face to face in Terre Haute prison.


2004Naxos AudioBooks


THE TEMPESTWRITER: William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: John Tydeman

2004Orion Audio Books




WRITER: Michelle Paver

First in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

Publication Date: 16 September 2004

2004BBC Radio 4BE PREPAREDWRITER: Andy Rashleigh
ROLE: Robert Baden-Powell


2003BBC World Service RadioHIV/AIDS ConcertRecorded live at the Mermaid Theatre, London on Friday 7 November 2003
Broadcast 22 November 2003
2003BBC Radio 4Desert Island Discs
2001BBC Radio 4LITTLE DORRITWRITER: Charles Dickens
ROLE: Dickens
Co-starring John Wood, Julian Wadham, Margaret Tyzack
Six weekly episodes broadcast beginning 22 April 2001
1996Penguin BooksODYSSEY (Unabridged)WRITER: Homer
1997 Audie Award for best solo narration
ROLE: Narrator

Recorded 12 July 1996; accompanies recording of I Fiamminghi conducted by Rudolf Werthen
1994Harper Collins AudioTHE DANCING BEARWRITER: Michael Morpurgo
ROLE: narrator
Co-starring: Vanessa Redgrave & Sting.
1994BBC Radio 3The Ballad of Reading Gaolfrom the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. A benefit performance of Oscar Wilde 's great poem, introduced by Neil Dartlett and read by Ian McKellen , Stephen Fry , Neil Tennant , Bette Bourne and others. Produer Ned Chaillet

Transmitted 9 October 1994
1994Pet Shop BoysHEARTMusic Video
Role: Dracula
1992BBC Radio 3NAPOLIA MILLIONARIAWRITER: Eduardo da Filippo.
From its successful run at the Royal National Theatre, Peter Tinniswood 's new version of this classic study of Neapolitan life in the Second World War. Starring Ian McKellen and Frances Barber. RNT production directed by Richard Eyre and for radio by Chris Barton Producer Jeremy Howe

20 September 1992
Recorded 4 November 1989
3 April 1990
Rebroadcast in 1994
1989BBC Radio 3WILD HONEYWRITER: Anton Checkhov, adapted and transated by Michael Frayn
ROLE: Platonov
Recorded 7-12 August 1989
15 December 1989

1989BBC Radio 4From the Front LineExperiences of three soldiers on both sides of the trenches who died in the 1914-18 war. Poems by WILFRED OWEN read by Ian McKellen. Letters of GEORGE AND ALBERT STROPHER of Saxmundham, Suffolk, read by Ivan Cutting. Letters and diaries of LUDWIG KUTTNER of Berlin read by Marcus Stolberg. Music composed and played by LARRY ADLER. Producer KEITH SLADE BBC South and East, Elstree. Stereo

12 November 1989
1988BBC Radio 4 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Part 14: "The Ad-Dressing of Cats" Read by Ian McKellen
13 October 1988
1988WBUR Boston / NPRSPEAKING FOR EVERYMANShakespeare's Birthday Celebration
Air Date: 19 April 1988, 8:30pm
Guests: F. Murray Abraham, Sting, Margorie Garber
Peabody Broadcasting Award
1985BBC Radio 4DEAR AND HONOURED LADYExtract from act 2 of Noël Coward's Private Lives chosen by the Queen Mother, with Judi Dench as Amanda and Ian McKellen as Elliott
4 August 1985
1984BBC Radio 4The Actors are Come HitherTo celebrate Shakespeare's birthday a distinguished cast performs scenes from his plays with interlinking comments from critics through the ages. with Maxine Audley , Anna Calder-Marshall , Tony Church, Estelle Kohler , Ian Mckellen , Michael Pennington , Dorothy Tutin , Timothy West and Michael Williams Compiled by DAVID BUCK Directed by DICKON REED (First broadcast on World Service)

24 April 1984
1984BBC Radio 3BARNES' PEOPLEA series of duologues by PETER BARNES
"It's Cold, Wanderer, It 's Cold"
With Mary Ellis
A God-fearing terrorist defends his revolutionary beliefs on his last day on earth.

15 February 1984
1983BBC Radio 3SIR THOMAS MOREWRITER: William Shakespeare, adapted for radio by Penny Gold
DIRECTOR: Martin Jenkins
ROLE: Sir Thomas More
Music specially composed by Philip Lane
Recorded 28 April - 2 May 1983
First transmitted in June 1983
1982THE DIARY OF A NOBODY WRITERWRITER: George & Weedon Grossmith
ROLE: Butcher
1980BBC Radio 3THREE SISTERSRebroadcast of 1965 recording
Transmitted 27 January 1980
1979BBC Radio 3A DOLL'S HOUSEWRITER: Henrik Ibsen
DIRECTOR: John Tydeman
ROLE: Torvald
WIth Susan Fleetwood Michael Gough David Buck and Sheila Reid

Transmitted 20 December 1979
1979BBC Radio 3WORDS, WORDS, WORDS'A personal Choice of Poetry and Prose' broadcast in five 20 minute programmes, recorded at the BBC Paris Studio before an invited audience

Directed by Ian Cotterell

Transmitted 21 July 1979 (part 1 of 5)
1979BBC Radio 4FAME IS THE SPURWRITER: Adapted by Ken Whitmore from Howard Spring's novel
DIRECTOR: Trevor Hill
ROLE: Hamer Radshaw

Recorded by BBC ManchesterTransmitted 7 January - 25 February 1979 (eight episodes)


1972BBC Radio 2Bichu the JaguarWRITER: Alan Caillou abridged by Jack Singleton
Transmission 4 December 1972 (first of ten daily parts)
1972BBC Radio 3Poems for Good FridayIAN MCKELLEN and ANNA CROPPER read poems by Roger Frith
Introduced by ARNOLD WESKER

Transmitted 31 March 1972
1971BBC RadioHENRY VIWRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Dukes of York & Gloucester

Broadcast in two parts, BBC Radio 3, 7 & 14 March 1971

ROLE: Rupert Brooke

First transmitted on BBC Radio 4, 17 January 1971
1970BBC Radio 4A PROVINCIAL LIFEWRITER: Anton Chekov adapted by Peter Gill
ROLE: Misail Alexander Poloznev
CO-STARRING: Joseph O'Conor, Sheila Grant, Shirley Dixon, Eleanor Bron

First transmitted: 24 August 1970

ROLE: Romeo
Co-starring: Anna Calder-Marshall (Juliet) and Robert Eddison (Friar Lawrence)

Recorded 3 March 1970 for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 6 April 1970.


1969BBC Radio 4THE PROMISEWRITER: Alexei Arbuzov translated by Ariadne Nicolaeff
ROLE: Leonidik
Judi Dench as Lika
Ian McShane as Marat

20 October 1969

1969Prospect Theatre CompanyEDWARD IIWRITER: Christopher Marlowe
ROLE: King Edward
Recording of Prospect Theatre Company performance

1968BBC RadioTHE FLIESWRITER: Jean-Paul Sartre translated by Vernon Dobtcheff

Role: Orestes
Judi Dench as Electra

First transmission 9 June 1968
1968BBC RadioTHE SEAGULLWRITER: Anton Chekov
ROLE: Konstantin

Irene Worth as Arkadina

13 February 1968

1967BBC RadioRICHARD IIIWRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Lord Hastings

Co-starring: Paul Daneman as Richard III, Judi Dench as Lady Anne

Recorded in studio B10, Broadcasting House, 24 June - 1 July 1967

First transmission 23 November 1967


1967BBC RadioTHE FIRST ST. JOANWRITER: G. Bernard Shaw
ROLE: Dauphin

Four scenes from "St. Joan" introduced by Dame Sybil Thorndike, who acted her original role in this play which took London by storm in 1924

Starring: Sybil Thorndike (Joan), Walter Fitzgerald (Archbishop), Ian McKellen (Dauphin), Clive Morton (Baudricourt), Michael Spice (Dunois), Alan Wheatley (The Inquisitor)

Transmitted 27 May 1967


1967BBC RadioEDWARD IIWRITER: Christopher Marlowe
ROLE: Gaveston

Alec McCowen as King Edward

Recording released on vinyl

Broadcast on Network Three
17 March 1967

1966CaedmonHENRY VWRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Dauphin
1966BBC RadioHEDDA GABLERROLE: Eilert Lovborg

11 December 1966

1966BBC RadioHENRY VIIIWRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Surrey

Keith MIchell as King Henry
Irene Worth as Queen Katherine

2 December 1966

1966CaedmonEDWARD IIWRITER: Christopher Marlowe
ROLE: Gaveston

Alec McCowen as King Edward

Recording released on vinyl
1966 BBC Home Service A LILY IN LITTLE INDIAWRITER: Donald Howarth

A radio version of the recent London stage production

6 June 1966

1966BBC RadioELECTRAWRITER: Eurypides
ROLE: Orestes

Eileen Atkins as Electra

Network Three
11 February 1966

1965National TheatreMUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGWRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Claudio
Co-starring: Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, Frank Finlay.
Bristol Hippodrome - 22 March 1965: Theatre Royal, Nottingham - 29 March 1965.


1965BBC Woman's Hour SerialSONS AND LOVERSWRITER: D. H. Lawrence
Five weekly installments
31 May to 4 June 1965

1965CaedmonTHREE SISTERSWRITER: Anton Chekhov translated by Elisaveta Fen adapted for radio by Peter Watts

ROLE: Tuzenbach
Co-starring: Lynn Redgrave, Paul Schofield, and Jill Bennett

BBC Home Service Basic
 Broadcast 24 May 1965

1960Marlowe Society/Argo RecordsHENRY IV PART 2WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Davy
CO-STARRING:Anthony Jacobs, Gary Watson, Denis Mccarthy, Corin Redgrave, Terence Hardiman, Derek Jacobi, Clive Swift (Falstaff), Philip Strick, Tony Robertson, and Roger Hammond

1960Marlowe Society/Argo RecordsA MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMWRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Lysander
1958Marlowe Society/Argo RecordsANTONY & CLEOPATRAWRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Mardian
CO-STARRING: Irene Worth as Cleopatra