A SCENT OF FLOWERS

Written by James Saunders

Directed by Shirley Butler

Ian McKellen in the role of Godfrey

Duke of York's, London

30 September 1964

Clarence Derwent Award as best supporting actor of the year - 50 pounds sterling from British Actors' Equity

Comments and Reviews

McKellen's first West End performance and first acting award.

Opened: world premiere - 30 September 1964 after Wimbledon Theatre & Golders Green Hippodrome.

James Saunders won the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright award for this play.

"One of the most tremendous receptions I have ever heard. There were fifteen curtain calls." — Harold Hobson, The Sunday Times 10 April 1965

 

Banner photo: Cartoon: by Hewison in Punch Magazine: Jennifer Hilary (Zoe) and Ian McKellen (Godfrey) - I bought the original drawing which accompanied the Punch review, starting a collection of Hewison’s work which I discontinued a decade or so later. Photo by: Hewison

 

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Next Play: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1965)