Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst) meeting in Dachau
Written by Martin Sherman
Directed by Robert Chetwyn
Ian McKellen in the role of Max
Royal Court and Criterion, London
3 May 1979
Society of West End Theatres (SWET) - Best Actor
Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst) making love without touching
Hewsion's cartoon in Punch (23 May 1979): Tom Bell (Horst), Ian McKellen (Max) labouring at Dachau. This is a rare example of Hewison's commenting on a play directly in words rather than in images.
Ian McKellen (Max) and Tom Bell (Horst)
Max (Ian McKellen) and Horst (Tom Bell)
24 July 1979: Cast of Bent (Ian McKellen centre left, next to Tom Bell) march in Piccadilly Circus with representatives of other West End shows against Value Added Tax on theatre tickets. At the end of the march, Ian addressed a rally from the stage of the Royal Opera House.
Ian McKellen and Tom Bell
Marquee of the Royal Court Theatre
Uncle Freddie (Richard Gale) and Max (Ian McKellen
Gran Gala Per L'Europa
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