SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING
Written by David Brett from novel by Alan Sillitoe
Directed by Frank Dunlop
Ian McKellen in the role of Arthur Seaton
Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham
15 April 1964 - 4 July 1964
Words from Ian McKellen
An adaptation from Alan Sillitoe’s Nottingham novel, recently filmed with Albert Finney as Arthur Seaton. I visited Mrs Sillitoe in her back-to-back terraced house, where Alan had been brought up. I still haven’t seen the movie.
Arthur Seaton was an engaging lout, anti-everything except his own gratification with women, drink and boisterous pleasure. I couldn’t have been less like him but I ran with the part. The sets were large and evocative of the city that the audience and actors lived in. A popular hit, which came to London briefly when I was busy with other work.