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1950 CHILDREN'S DAY

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1950 CHILDREN'S DAY

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Ian McKellen (age 12) as Malvolio

1952 TWELFTH NIGHT Extract (1952)

Ian McKellen (age 12) as Malvolio

Maria (C D Scully Scullthorpe), Aguecheek (D H Happy Hargreaves), Malvolio (Ian Kellogs McKellen), Belch (K Gassy Gaskell), Fabian (W V Willy Duncalf)<BR><BR>
Hopefield is jealously guarded by Mrs Collins (alias the old hag.)  The photo was taken just outside the building. -- scrapbook entry

1952 TWELFTH NIGHT Extract (1952)

Maria (C D Scully Scullthorpe), Aguecheek (D H Happy Hargreaves), Malvolio (Ian Kellogs McKellen), Belch (K Gassy Gaskell), Fabian (W V Willy Duncalf)

Hopefield is jealously guarded by Mrs Collins (alias the old hag.) The photo was taken just outside the building. -- scrapbook entry

Jeremy (Ian McKellen), Kynaston (Michael Sefton), Ann (Jean Ashworth), Mistresss Byrd (Ada Anderton), Robert (Duncan Sculthorpe)

1952 SPRING 1600

Jeremy (Ian McKellen), Kynaston (Michael Sefton), Ann (Jean Ashworth), Mistresss Byrd (Ada Anderton), Robert (Duncan Sculthorpe)

Programme

1952 SPRING 1600

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At Court . . . The final scene

1952 FRIAR BACON & FRIAR BUNGAY (1953)

At Court . . . The final scene

Edward (Brian Oatley), Margaret (Ian McKellen), Bacon (Geoffrey Tetlow)

1953 FRIAR BACON & FRIAR BUNGAY (1953)

Edward (Brian Oatley), Margaret (Ian McKellen), Bacon (Geoffrey Tetlow)

Photo by Percy C Rising

At Fressingfield: Edward (B Oatley), Bungay (H Gibson), Lacy (M H Shipley), Margaret (Ian McKellen), Bacon (G F Tetlow)

1953 FRIAR BACON & FRIAR BUNGAY (1953)

At Fressingfield: Edward (B Oatley), Bungay (H Gibson), Lacy (M H Shipley), Margaret (Ian McKellen), Bacon (G F Tetlow)

B Oatley, N E F Lever, G W Ainsworth, G F Tetlow, J B Loukes, Ian McKellen, F R Greenlees, M H Shipley, A G Clough, R C Willis

1953 FRIAR BACON & FRIAR BUNGAY (1953)

B Oatley, N E F Lever, G W Ainsworth, G F Tetlow, J B Loukes, Ian McKellen, F R Greenlees, M H Shipley, A G Clough, R C Willis

The market at Avaris: Do you see that woman? -- Potiphar (D Thomasson).  Ian McKellen far left

1954 THE STARS BOW DOWN

The market at Avaris: Do you see that woman? -- Potiphar (D Thomasson). Ian McKellen far left

Photo by Percy C Rising

At court: Catch it, Highness, catch it! -- Asnath (Ian McKellen in front of left pillar).

1954 THE STARS BOW DOWN

At court: Catch it, Highness, catch it! -- Asnath (Ian McKellen in front of left pillar).

Photo by Percy C Rising

The principals: Ishamel (H E McGlashan), Thyi (C D Sculthorpe), Geoffrey Barry, Yusef (B Oatley), Athribis (D A Pass), Asnath (Ian McKellen), Potiphar (G F Tetlow)

1954 THE STARS BOW DOWN

The principals: Ishamel (H E McGlashan), Thyi (C D Sculthorpe), Geoffrey Barry, Yusef (B Oatley), Athribis (D A Pass), Asnath (Ian McKellen), Potiphar (G F Tetlow)

Photo by Percy C Rising

In Yusefs palace: But Highness, it is my Lord Potiphar -- Abdi; (Ian McKellen, seated left).

1954 THE STARS BOW DOWN

In Yusefs palace: But Highness, it is my Lord Potiphar -- Abdi; (Ian McKellen, seated left).

Photo by Percy C Rising

Act II Scene 3: The fighting scene.  Only once did the fencing go wrong!  (Ian McKellen front left of stage, prone)

1955 OTHELLO (1955)

Act II Scene 3: The fighting scene. Only once did the fencing go wrong! (Ian McKellen front left of stage, prone)

Photo by Percy C Rising

Act II Scene 1: (Ian McKellen, center as Montano)

1955 OTHELLO (1955)

Act II Scene 1: (Ian McKellen, center as Montano)

Photo by Percy C Rising

Act V Scene 5: I bleed, sir, but not killed. (Ian McKellen under arch right)

1955 OTHELLO (1955)

Act V Scene 5: I bleed, sir, but not killed. (Ian McKellen under arch right)

Photo by Percy C Rising

Prince Hal

1956 HENRY IV PART 2 (1956)

Prince Hal

Photo by Percy C Rising

Act IV Scene 3:God put it in my mind to take it hence.

1956 HENRY IV PART 2 (1956)

Act IV Scene 3:God put it in my mind to take it hence.

Photo by Percy C Rising

Act II, Scene 4 (Ian McKellen on steps right)

1956 HENRY IV PART 2 (1956)

Act II, Scene 4 (Ian McKellen on steps right)

Photo by Percy C Rising

Cast (Ian McKellen upper left)

1956 HENRY IV PART 2 (1956)

Cast (Ian McKellen upper left)

Photo by Percy C Rising

<em>Posing outside the Great Hall.  Out of shot, some seniors from the Girls — Ian McKellen, December 2006' title ="Posing outside the Great Hall. Out of shot, some seniors from the Girls' Division giggled at me but I felt confident in the hired chainmail and the papier-mache helmet, stuffed with the Bolton Evening News to keep it secure. — Ian McKellen, December 2006
Photo by Percy C Rising
1957
HENRY V (1957) " />

1957 HENRY V (1957)

Posing outside the Great Hall. Out of shot, some seniors from the Girls' Division giggled at me but I felt confident in the hired chainmail and the papier-mache helmet, stuffed with the Bolton Evening News to keep it secure. — Ian McKellen, December 2006

Photo by Percy C Rising

King Henry V

1957 HENRY V (1957)

King Henry V

Photo by Percy C Rising

We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us.

1957 HENRY V (1957)

We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us.

Photo by Percy C Rising

The mercy that was quick in us but late, By your own counsel is suppressd and killd

1957 HENRY V (1957)

The mercy that was quick in us but late, By your own counsel is suppressd and killd

Photo by Percy C Rising

For we no longer are defensible

1957 HENRY V (1957)

For we no longer are defensible

Photo by Percy C Rising

Wilt thou have me?

1957 HENRY V (1957)

Wilt thou have me?

Photo by Percy C Rising

Principal Cast

1957 HENRY V (1957)

Principal Cast

Photo by Percy C Rising

Erpingham (T I Hardy), Westmoreland (K A Bateson), York (Harold Kroto), Gower (E A Sharples), Warwick (R R May), King Henry (Ian McKellen), Burgundy (J R Munks), Constable (F D G Norburn), Dauphin (G A Farnworth)

1957 HENRY V (1957)

Erpingham (T I Hardy), Westmoreland (K A Bateson), York (Harold Kroto), Gower (E A Sharples), Warwick (R R May), King Henry (Ian McKellen), Burgundy (J R Munks), Constable (F D G Norburn), Dauphin (G A Farnworth)

Photo by Percy C Rising

As Alfonso Fernandez in the annual Bolton School play in the Great Hall

1958 THE STRONG ARE LONELY

As Alfonso Fernandez in the annual Bolton School play in the Great Hall

Photo by Percy C Rising

Trial scene: Father.  Provincial? (Ian McKellen 4th from right)

1958 THE STRONG ARE LONELY

Trial scene: Father. Provincial? (Ian McKellen 4th from right)

Photo by Percy C Rising

The only law that commands obedience here, is that of God. (Ian McKellen, center)

1958 THE STRONG ARE LONELY

The only law that commands obedience here, is that of God. (Ian McKellen, center)

Photo by Percy C Rising

Why do you kneel to me?  I am not a King or Governor -- but a priest of God.  (Ian McKellen, left)

1958 THE STRONG ARE LONELY

Why do you kneel to me? I am not a King or Governor -- but a priest of God. (Ian McKellen, left)

Photo by Percy C Rising

We have achieved our aim: The Kingdom of God has gone to the Devil. (Ian McKellen, prone)

1958 THE STRONG ARE LONELY

We have achieved our aim: The Kingdom of God has gone to the Devil. (Ian McKellen, prone)

Photo by Percy C Rising

Deathbed scene.  In this scene the precept Low on his funeral couch he lies had presumably been borne in mind by the producer: the couch was in fact so low as not to be visible beyond the first few rows of the audience, with the result that the Father Provincials opening line of the scene brought with it a touch of the supernatural. -- The Boltonian, July 1958

1958 THE STRONG ARE LONELY

Deathbed scene. In this scene the precept Low on his funeral couch he lies had presumably been borne in mind by the producer: the couch was in fact so low as not to be visible beyond the first few rows of the audience, with the result that the Father Provincials opening line of the scene brought with it a touch of the supernatural. -- The Boltonian, July 1958

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