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Barry Griffiths, on the technical staff at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, took portraits of the company for use in the programme.

1961

Barry Griffiths, on the technical staff at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, took portraits of the company for use in the programme.

Photo by Barry Griffiths

Portrait, June 1961

1961

Portrait, June 1961

Photo by Tanqueray

Portrait, June 1961

1961

Portrait, June 1961

Photo by Tanqueray

June — These were my first portraits, which Corin Redgrave, my fellow-undergraduate actor at Cambridge, persuaded me I should need as a professional actor.  He took me to his fathers photographer in Knightsbridge, London.  I was powdered and brushed and posed in front of an old-fashioned plate camera - and these two stilted shots were the result.  I ordered 50 of each and used them to send to prospective employers and to the occasional fan.

1961

June — These were my first portraits, which Corin Redgrave, my fellow-undergraduate actor at Cambridge, persuaded me I should need as a professional actor. He took me to his fathers photographer in Knightsbridge, London. I was powdered and brushed and posed in front of an old-fashioned plate camera - and these two stilted shots were the result. I ordered 50 of each and used them to send to prospective employers and to the occasional fan.

Photo by Paul Tanqueray

Elizabeth Proud and Ian McKellen (Publicity Shot)

1961 THE COUNTRY WIFE

Elizabeth Proud and Ian McKellen (Publicity Shot)

L to R: Sheila Keith, Gillian Martell, Ian McKellen, Georgine Anderson. 
<BR><BR><em>I have since seen a number of prestigious productions but these were the best trio of wives who discover they are not legally wed.</em>

1961 WHEN WE ARE MARRIED

L to R: Sheila Keith, Gillian Martell, Ian McKellen, Georgine Anderson.

I have since seen a number of prestigious productions but these were the best trio of wives who discover they are not legally wed.

L to R: Allan Jeayes, John Scarborough, Bridget Turner, Ian McKellen, Sheila Keith, Ronald Magill.
<BR><BR><em>The regular company was joined by Allan Jeayes (Walter, the waiter), a distinguished veteran from Alexander Korda' title ="L to R: Allan Jeayes, John Scarborough, Bridget Turner, Ian McKellen, Sheila Keith, Ronald Magill.

The regular company was joined by Allan Jeayes (Walter, the waiter), a distinguished veteran from Alexander Korda's romantic British films. Being nearly 80, he had trouble remembering his lines, although in this scene he singlehandedly served a four-course meal in under 15 minutes!
1961
YOU NEVER CAN TELL " />

1961 YOU NEVER CAN TELL

L to R: Allan Jeayes, John Scarborough, Bridget Turner, Ian McKellen, Sheila Keith, Ronald Magill.

The regular company was joined by Allan Jeayes (Walter, the waiter), a distinguished veteran from Alexander Korda's romantic British films. Being nearly 80, he had trouble remembering his lines, although in this scene he singlehandedly served a four-course meal in under 15 minutes!

 L to R: Bridget Turner, John Scarborough, Ian McKellen, Kristine Howarth.<BR><BR><em>I played the ancient butler (Tredwell) with hesitant gait and powdered hair.</em>

1961 BLACK COFFEE

L to R: Bridget Turner, John Scarborough, Ian McKellen, Kristine Howarth.

I played the ancient butler (Tredwell) with hesitant gait and powdered hair.

<em>My new friends who introduced me to the friendship of the professional theatre.</em><BR> The Belgrade Theatre Company, L to R: Derek Newark, Brian Bell (Producer), Bernard Kilby, Robert Gillespie, Sheila Keith, Bridget Turner, Ian McKellen, John
Scarborough, Kristine Howarth, Peter French, Ronald Magill

1961 Midnight Matinee

My new friends who introduced me to the friendship of the professional theatre.
The Belgrade Theatre Company, L to R: Derek Newark, Brian Bell (Producer), Bernard Kilby, Robert Gillespie, Sheila Keith, Bridget Turner, Ian McKellen, John Scarborough, Kristine Howarth, Peter French, Ronald Magill

L to R: Bridget Turner, Miranda Marshall, Hazel Coppen, Derek Newark, Jennie Lynne, Peter French, Ronald Magill, Gillian Martell, Robert Gillespie, Ian McKellen.<br><br><em>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. </em>

1961 CELEBRATION

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.

L to R: Richard Aylen, John Bryans, Ian McKellen, Mark Eden
<BR><BR><em>End of Conflict was my first time in military uniform onstage.  I learnt the basics of soldierly mien and drill, which have been constantly useful since.</em>

1961 END OF CONFLICT

L to R: Richard Aylen, John Bryans, Ian McKellen, Mark Eden

End of Conflict was my first time in military uniform onstage. I learnt the basics of soldierly mien and drill, which have been constantly useful since.

Mark Eden (R) and Ian McKellen
<BR><BR><em>Mark Eden was the most glamorous actor I had worked with — he had star quality, more to do with his looks and demeanour than with his talent.</em>

1961 END OF CONFLICT

Mark Eden (R) and Ian McKellen

Mark Eden was the most glamorous actor I had worked with — he had star quality, more to do with his looks and demeanour than with his talent.

Lt. Brash (Mark Eden) and 2nd Lt. Mason (Ian McKellen)

1961 END OF CONFLICT

Lt. Brash (Mark Eden) and 2nd Lt. Mason (Ian McKellen)

L to R: Snodgrass (Ian McKellen), Winkle (Peter French), Pickwick (Patrick Newell), Jingle (Bernard Kilby), Tupman (Alan Haywood)

1961 MR. PICKWICK

L to R: Snodgrass (Ian McKellen), Winkle (Peter French), Pickwick (Patrick Newell), Jingle (Bernard Kilby), Tupman (Alan Haywood)

Pickwick (Patrick Newell), Perker (Robin Parkinson), Isabelle (Penelope Cave), Mogsbury-Tonks (Jeffrey Sluggett), Snodgrass (Ian McKellen), Mrs Hunter (Sheila Keith), Joe (William Swan), Buzfuz (Denzil Ellis)

1961 MR. PICKWICK

Pickwick (Patrick Newell), Perker (Robin Parkinson), Isabelle (Penelope Cave), Mogsbury-Tonks (Jeffrey Sluggett), Snodgrass (Ian McKellen), Mrs Hunter (Sheila Keith), Joe (William Swan), Buzfuz (Denzil Ellis)

Barry Griffiths, on the technical staff at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, took portraits of the company for use in the programme.

1962

Barry Griffiths, on the technical staff at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, took portraits of the company for use in the programme.

<em>I was once more partnered with Bridget Turner (Nina).</em>

1962 THE SEAGULL (1962)

I was once more partnered with Bridget Turner (Nina).

Arkadina (Sheila Keith) and Konstantin (Ian McKellen)

1962 THE SEAGULL (1962)

Arkadina (Sheila Keith) and Konstantin (Ian McKellen)

With Bridget Turner.

1962 THE BRIDE COMES BACK

With Bridget Turner.

Claudio

1962 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1962)

Claudio

Pastiche L to R: Peter French, Kristine Howarth, Ian McKellen, Jane Murdoch, Sheila Keith

1962 Happy Returns

Pastiche L to R: Peter French, Kristine Howarth, Ian McKellen, Jane Murdoch, Sheila Keith

<em>In rep theatres in the 60' title ="In rep theatres in the 60's, actors were required to provide their own stage-clothes for modern plays. Here as a silly-ass rich boy who drives an E-type Jaguar, I sported my old school tie.
1962
TEN LITTLE NIGGERS " />

1962 TEN LITTLE NIGGERS

In rep theatres in the 60's, actors were required to provide their own stage-clothes for modern plays. Here as a silly-ass rich boy who drives an E-type Jaguar, I sported my old school tie.

Sheila Keith (L) and Ian McKellen.
<BR><BR><em>I was the hippy son of the household; the beard, like the performance, was false.

1962 THE IRREGULAR VERB TO LOVE

Sheila Keith (L) and Ian McKellen.

I was the hippy son of the household; the beard, like the performance, was false.

The Kings fit before murder.  L to R: Jonathan Meddings, Ian McKellen, Patrick OConnell, Clive Graham, Gawn Grainger

1962 BECKET

The Kings fit before murder. L to R: Jonathan Meddings, Ian McKellen, Patrick OConnell, Clive Graham, Gawn Grainger

L to R: Ian Thompson, Gawn Grainger, Colin Kaye, Brendan Barry, Ian de Voy, Patrick OConnell, Ian McKellen, Roderick Horn, Clive Graham, Jonathan Meddings,

1962 BECKET

L to R: Ian Thompson, Gawn Grainger, Colin Kaye, Brendan Barry, Ian de Voy, Patrick OConnell, Ian McKellen, Roderick Horn, Clive Graham, Jonathan Meddings,

L to R: Ian McKellen, Jonathan Meddings

1962 THE GAZEBO

L to R: Ian McKellen, Jonathan Meddings

Photo by Commercial Studios

L to R: Gawn Grainger, Ian McKellen, Roderick Horn, Ian de Voy, Josie Kidd

1962 THE GAZEBO

L to R: Gawn Grainger, Ian McKellen, Roderick Horn, Ian de Voy, Josie Kidd

Photo by Commercial Studios

Caste, pre-cursor of kitchen-sink drama, was the first play in which a real cup of tea was brewed onstage. L to R: Jonathan Meddings, Josie Kidd, Ian McKellen

1962 CASTE

Caste, pre-cursor of kitchen-sink drama, was the first play in which a real cup of tea was brewed onstage. L to R: Jonathan Meddings, Josie Kidd, Ian McKellen

L to R: Ian McKellen, Josie Kidd, Barbara Atkinson, Jonathan Meddings, Helen Ryan, Gawn Grainger, Brendan Barry

1962 CASTE

L to R: Ian McKellen, Josie Kidd, Barbara Atkinson, Jonathan Meddings, Helen Ryan, Gawn Grainger, Brendan Barry

L to R: Gawn Grainger, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Meddings, Colin Kaye

1962 THE BIG KILLING

L to R: Gawn Grainger, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Meddings, Colin Kaye

L to R: Brendan Barry, Michael Forrest, Gawn Grainger, Ian McKellen, Brian Hankins

1962 THE KEEP (1962)

L to R: Brendan Barry, Michael Forrest, Gawn Grainger, Ian McKellen, Brian Hankins

With Jonathan Meddings (Tommy Traddles)

1962 DAVID COPPERFIELD (1962)

With Jonathan Meddings (Tommy Traddles)

<em>With Gawn Grainger (Uriah Heep) my closest friend at Ipswich. Thereafter his career thrived. Later  married to actress Zoe Wanamaker.</em>

1962 DAVID COPPERFIELD (1962)

With Gawn Grainger (Uriah Heep) my closest friend at Ipswich. Thereafter his career thrived. Later married to actress Zoe Wanamaker.

Nightmare Sequence L to R: Ian McKellen, Brendan Barry, Alec Wallis

1962 DAVID COPPERFIELD (1962)

Nightmare Sequence L to R: Ian McKellen, Brendan Barry, Alec Wallis

The cast.  Ian McKellen (Tee Vee) at far left.  Others from left:  Irene French, Brendan Barry, Gawn Grainger, Irene Innescourt, Marti Webb, Peter Macriel, Jonathan Meddings, Josie Kidd, Colin Kaye

1962 ALADDIN & HIS WONDERFUL LAMP

The cast. Ian McKellen (Tee Vee) at far left. Others from left: Irene French, Brendan Barry, Gawn Grainger, Irene Innescourt, Marti Webb, Peter Macriel, Jonathan Meddings, Josie Kidd, Colin Kaye

L to R: Susan Wherrett, Colin Kaye, Gillian Malster, Marcia Ashton, Irene Inescort, Jonathan Meddings, Chris Winnera, Josie Kidd, Ian McKellen, Brendan Barry

1963 How Dare We!

L to R: Susan Wherrett, Colin Kaye, Gillian Malster, Marcia Ashton, Irene Inescort, Jonathan Meddings, Chris Winnera, Josie Kidd, Ian McKellen, Brendan Barry

Entry into Harfleur, Ian McKellen (centre) with other members of the cast.

1963 HENRY V (1963)

Entry into Harfleur, Ian McKellen (centre) with other members of the cast.

Henry V

1963 HENRY V (1963)

Henry V

L to R: Chris Winnera, Colin Kaye, Josie Kidd, Helen Ryan, Ian McKellen, Roberta Maxwell, Roger Hammond, Douglas Ditta, Gawn Grainger, Doreen Andrew, Barbara Atkinson, Jonathan Meddings, Brigid Panet, Susan Wherrett, Stephen MacDonald

1963 UNDER MILK WOOD

L to R: Chris Winnera, Colin Kaye, Josie Kidd, Helen Ryan, Ian McKellen, Roberta Maxwell, Roger Hammond, Douglas Ditta, Gawn Grainger, Doreen Andrew, Barbara Atkinson, Jonathan Meddings, Brigid Panet, Susan Wherrett, Stephen MacDonald

<em>Josie Kidd  and I as sweethearts yet again.  Roger Hammond, a friend from Cambridge, having been to drama school, had now joined the company.</em>

1963 UNDER MILK WOOD

Josie Kidd and I as sweethearts yet again. Roger Hammond, a friend from Cambridge, having been to drama school, had now joined the company.

Backstage party: Surrounding a local fan holding a cake, clockwise from lower left: Ian McKellen, Doreen Andrews, Stephen MacDonald, Roger Hammond, Josie Kidd, Roberta Maxwell, Gawn Grainger, Brendan Barry

1963 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Backstage party: Surrounding a local fan holding a cake, clockwise from lower left: Ian McKellen, Doreen Andrews, Stephen MacDonald, Roger Hammond, Josie Kidd, Roberta Maxwell, Gawn Grainger, Brendan Barry

Ian McKellen (Luther) and Gawn Grainger (The Knight)

1963 LUTHER

Ian McKellen (Luther) and Gawn Grainger (The Knight)

L to R: Ian McKellen (Luther), Stephen MacDonald (Cajetan), and Gawn Grainger (Tetzel).  Stephen MacDonald later playwright/director of Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

1963 LUTHER

L to R: Ian McKellen (Luther), Stephen MacDonald (Cajetan), and Gawn Grainger (Tetzel). Stephen MacDonald later playwright/director of Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

Martin Luther

1963 LUTHER

Martin Luther

Ian McKellen with Ann Curthoys (Anne Green)

1963 THE BIG CONTRACT

Ian McKellen with Ann Curthoys (Anne Green)

L to R: Betty Bowden, Clive Morton, Stephen MacDonald, Ian McKellen
<BR><BR><em>As in most productions, our Mary Tyrone acted  her husband and sons off the stage - much the best part.</em>

1963 LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

L to R: Betty Bowden, Clive Morton, Stephen MacDonald, Ian McKellen

As in most productions, our Mary Tyrone acted her husband and sons off the stage - much the best part.

Clive Morton (James Tyrone) and Ian McKellen (Edmund Tyrone.) 
<BR><BR><em>I was very excited to work with Clive,  trailing glory from films and the West End. By this time, simply on the basis of how well we all worked together, we believed that ours was a golden time in Ipswich.</em>

1963 LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

Clive Morton (James Tyrone) and Ian McKellen (Edmund Tyrone.)

I was very excited to work with Clive, trailing glory from films and the West End. By this time, simply on the basis of how well we all worked together, we believed that ours was a golden time in Ipswich.

L to R: Gawn Grainger, Josie Kidd, James Cairncross, Betty Bowden, Thomasine Heiner, Ian McKellen

1963 I, JOHN BROWN

L to R: Gawn Grainger, Josie Kidd, James Cairncross, Betty Bowden, Thomasine Heiner, Ian McKellen

The things that are done by a don, are things that a don doesn

1963 SALAD DAYS

The things that are done by a don, are things that a don doesn't oughta... Josie Kidd, June Seath, Janet McIntire, Susan Wherrett, Roger Hammond, Douglas Ditta, Ian McKellen, Bruce Purchase

Morgan Evans (Ian McKellen) gets a beating from Miss Moffat the schoolmistress (Peggy Mount.) <BR><BR><em>I was lucky enough to spar with Peggy Mount, a huge star of television and stage ever since her appearance as the harridan heroine of SAILOR BEWARE.</em>

1963 THE CORN IS GREEN

Morgan Evans (Ian McKellen) gets a beating from Miss Moffat the schoolmistress (Peggy Mount.)

I was lucky enough to spar with Peggy Mount, a huge star of television and stage ever since her appearance as the harridan heroine of SAILOR BEWARE.

Something for a future nation to be proud of.  Act 3. Morgan Evans (Ian McKellen) and Miss Moffat (Peggy Mount.)

1963 THE CORN IS GREEN

Something for a future nation to be proud of. Act 3. Morgan Evans (Ian McKellen) and Miss Moffat (Peggy Mount.)

1963 THE CORN IS GREEN

Josie Kidd, Ian McKellen, Roger Hammond

1963 THE PUBLIC EYE

Josie Kidd, Ian McKellen, Roger Hammond

L to R: Ian McKellen, James Cairncross, Gabrielle Hamilton, Andrew Keir, Peter Griffin, Josie Kidd, Gawn Grainger, Mark Follett.
<BR><BR><em>Despite the songs and occasional jollity, this was the most depressing play to act in — we all agreed.</em>

1963 SERJEANT MUSGRAVE'S DANCE

L to R: Ian McKellen, James Cairncross, Gabrielle Hamilton, Andrew Keir, Peter Griffin, Josie Kidd, Gawn Grainger, Mark Follett.

Despite the songs and occasional jollity, this was the most depressing play to act in — we all agreed.

James Cairncross, Andrew Keir and Ian McKellen (Sparky) at the feet of Josie Kidd.

1963 SERJEANT MUSGRAVE'S DANCE

James Cairncross, Andrew Keir and Ian McKellen (Sparky) at the feet of Josie Kidd.

1963 ALL IN GOOD TIME

1963 ALL IN GOOD TIME

<em>My parents—in-law were played by Clive Morton and his wife Frances Rowe.</em>

1963 ALL IN GOOD TIME

My parents—in-law were played by Clive Morton and his wife Frances Rowe.

1963 CORIOLANUS (1963)

My rage is gone and I am struck with sorrow.

1963 CORIOLANUS (1963)

My rage is gone and I am struck with sorrow.

Portrait

1964

Portrait

Photo by Crispian Woodgate

Portrait

1964

Portrait

Photo by Crispian Woodgate

Portrait taken at agents suggestion by her approved photographer, Hordyk, in his London studio

1964

Portrait taken at agents suggestion by her approved photographer, Hordyk, in his London studio

Photo by Hordyk

Portrait taken at agents suggestion by her approved photographer, Hordyk, in his London studio

1964

Portrait taken at agents suggestion by her approved photographer, Hordyk, in his London studio

Photo by Hordyk

Nottingham Fete (Ian McKellen, crowned, in rear)

1964

Nottingham Fete (Ian McKellen, crowned, in rear)

Roger Mutton, John D Collins, and Ian McKellen with a fan in Nottingham

1964

Roger Mutton, John D Collins, and Ian McKellen with a fan in Nottingham

Yvonne Coulette, Ian McKellen, Leo McKern.
<BR><BR><em>Leo McKern was another Beatles fan and sang She Loves You yeah, yeah, yeah each night on his way to the stage. The following year he co-starred in their second film HELP!, playing the evil leader of a murderous cult.  Eleanor Bron and Roy Kinnear also appeared in the Beatles film.

1964 THE LIFE IN MY HANDS

Yvonne Coulette, Ian McKellen, Leo McKern.

Leo McKern was another Beatles fan and sang She Loves You yeah, yeah, yeah each night on his way to the stage. The following year he co-starred in their second film HELP!, playing the evil leader of a murderous cult. Eleanor Bron and Roy Kinnear also appeared in the Beatles film.

Ian McKellen, Ursula Smith, and Joan Heal

1964 SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING

Ian McKellen, Ursula Smith, and Joan Heal

Final soliloquy, Arthur fishing in the canal off the front of the Nottingham stage

1964 SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING

Final soliloquy, Arthur fishing in the canal off the front of the Nottingham stage

Ian McKellen as Sir Thomas More
<BR><BR><em>I was too young but enjoyed trying to look like the real Sir Thomas — this photo was taken in my dressing-room. </em>

1964 SIR THOMAS MORE

Ian McKellen as Sir Thomas More

I was too young but enjoyed trying to look like the real Sir Thomas — this photo was taken in my dressing-room.

1964 SIR THOMAS MORE

Jennifer Hilary as Zoe watches unseeingly as her stepbrother Godfrey (Ian McKellen) mends a puncture. In the background, the Priest is played by Peter Howell

1964 A SCENT OF FLOWERS

Jennifer Hilary as Zoe watches unseeingly as her stepbrother Godfrey (Ian McKellen) mends a puncture. In the background, the Priest is played by Peter Howell

With Peter Howell

1964 A SCENT OF FLOWERS

With Peter Howell

Avoiding responsibilities on stage at Golders Green Hippodrome

1964 A SCENT OF FLOWERS

Avoiding responsibilities on stage at Golders Green Hippodrome

With Peter Howell, Wimbledon 23 October 1964, before matinee.

1964 A SCENT OF FLOWERS

With Peter Howell, Wimbledon 23 October 1964, before matinee.

1965

1965 SUNDAY OUT OF SEASON

Elaine (Lynn Redgrave) and Victor (Ian McKellen)

1965 SUNDAY OUT OF SEASON

Elaine (Lynn Redgrave) and Victor (Ian McKellen)

Victor (Ian McKellen) and Elaine (Lynn Redgrave)

1965 SUNDAY OUT OF SEASON

Victor (Ian McKellen) and Elaine (Lynn Redgrave)

Lynn Redgrave and Ian McKellen

1965 SUNDAY OUT OF SEASON

Lynn Redgrave and Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen (Claudio), Caroline John (Hero), and Albert Finney (Don Pedro)

1965 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1965)

Ian McKellen (Claudio), Caroline John (Hero), and Albert Finney (Don Pedro)

Photo by Zoe Dominic

Albert Finney,  Robert Stephens, Ian McKellen

1965 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1965)

Albert Finney, Robert Stephens, Ian McKellen

With Maggie Smith

1965 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1965)

With Maggie Smith

Claudio

1965 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1965)

Claudio

This was the only National Theatre production I played in at the Old Vic

1965 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1965)

This was the only National Theatre production I played in at the Old Vic

Closing scene

1965 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1965)

Closing scene

Outside the Festival Theatre Chichester during the National Theatres summer sojourn

1965 ARMSTRONG'S LAST GOODNIGHT

Outside the Festival Theatre Chichester during the National Theatres summer sojourn

At the Chichester Festival

1965 ARMSTRONG'S LAST GOODNIGHT

At the Chichester Festival

Alvin

1965 A LILY IN LITTLE INDIA

Alvin

Alvin

1965 A LILY IN LITTLE INDIA

Alvin

Act 1, with Jesse Evans: Go on, tell us! No.

1965 A LILY IN LITTLE INDIA

Act 1, with Jesse Evans: Go on, tell us! No.

Photo by Anthony Crickmay

1965 A LILY IN LITTLE INDIA

Photo by Anthony Crickmay

Last scene, with Jill Bennett

1965 A LILY IN LITTLE INDIA

Last scene, with Jill Bennett

Photo by Anthony Crickmay

1965 A LILY IN LITTLE INDIA

Photo by David Newell Smith

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