Touring, Directing, London

November 1968 - July 1972

"After an introduction to the commercial theatre in London and New York, there was a variegated and instructive period of work back in the regions, touring and directing for subsidised theatre. Three of these productions which transferred to London tagged me as a "classical actor", although six others were all modern plays." — Ian McKellen, October 1999

Ian McKellen portrait by Hordyk, 1969
Ian McKellen, 1969
Photo by Hordyk

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The Plays

YearPlaceTitle/WriterDirector/Role
1968Prospect Theatre Company
UK Tours, Edinburgh Festival, European tours, Mermaid Theatre and Piccadilly
RICHARD II
William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: Richard Cottrell
ROLE: Richard II


1969Liverpool Playhouse
Liverpool
THE BACCHAE
Euripides
DIRECTOR: Antony Tuckey
ROLE: Pentheus


1969Liverpool Playhouse
Liverpool
THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Jay Presson Allen
DIRECTOR: Ian McKellen
ROLE: Director


1969Liverpool Playhouse
Liverpool
THREE MONTHS GONE
Howarth Donald
DIRECTOR: Ian McKellen


1969Prospect Theatre Company
Edinburgh Festival, UK and European tours, Mermaid Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre.
EDWARD II
Christopher Marlowe
DIRECTOR: Toby Robertson
ROLE: Edward II


1970Royal Albert Hall
London
An Evening of Free Greek Music & Drama
Devised by Minos Volonakis
DIRECTOR: Minos Volonakis


1970Theatre Upstairs: Royal Court
London
BILLY'S LAST STAND
Barry Hines
DIRECTOR: Michael Wearing
ROLE: Darkly


1970Cambridge Theatre Company
UK Tour
THE RECRUITING OFFICER
George Farquhar
DIRECTOR: Richard Cottrell
ROLE: Captain Plume


1970Cambridge Theatre Company
UK Tour
CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING
Arnold Wesker
DIRECTOR: Richard Cottrell
ROLE: Corporal Hill


1971Prospect Theatre Company
UK/European Tour
HAMLET
William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: Robert Chetwyn
ROLE: Prince Hamlet


1971Crucible
Sheffield
THE SWAN SONG
Anton Chekov
DIRECTOR: David William
ROLE: Svetlovidov


1972Phoenix
Leicester
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND
Tom Stoppard
DIRECTOR: Ian McKellen


1972Watford
London
ERPINGHAM CAMP
Joe Orton
DIRECTOR: Ian McKellen


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August 1972 - May 1974
The Actors' Company

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