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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