Bent, Acting Shakespeare, Amadeus

May 1979 - February 1984

"Bent and Amadeus were two of the most popular plays of the period, wherever they were performed.  Their high profile continues partly because of the opportunities they give to their leading actors.  With Amadeus I returned to Broadway, and with the solo show Acting Shakespeare I toured Europe and beyond."

— Ian McKellen, October 1999

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Ian McKellen, 1970s

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The Plays

YearPlaceTitle/WriterDirector/Role
1979Royal Court and Criterion
London
BENT (1979)
Martin Sherman
DIRECTOR: Robert Chetwyn
ROLE: Max
Society of West End Theatres (SWET) - Best Actor


1979Teatro Lirico
Milan
Gran Gala Per L'Europa




1979Arts Theatre
Belfast
ACTING CHAT SHOW




1980Scandinavia
Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Karlstad, Gothenburg, Stockholm
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (British Council Scandinavian Tour)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen




1980Paolo Soleri Theatre
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
Eagle in New Mexico
D.H. Lawrence


DIRECTOR: Patrick Garland


1980Broadhurst
New York
AMADEUS
Peter Shaffer
DIRECTOR: Peter Hall
ROLE: Antonio Salieri
Tony
Drama Desk
NY Drama League
Outer Critics' Circle Award for Best Actor
New York Drama League Delia Austrian Medal for Best Actor



1981Broadhurst Theatre
New York
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (Globe Benefit)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen




1981Broadhurst Theatre
New York
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (Second Stage Benefit)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen




1982Tour
Spain, France, Cyprus, Israel, Poland, Romania: Amherst College, USA.
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (1982 tour)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen




1982Folger Theatre
Washington, DC
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (Washington DC)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen




1982Royal Shakespeare Company
EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR (1982)
Tom Stoppard with music by Andre Previn


DIRECTOR: Trevor Nunn
ROLE: Alexander


1982Royal Shakespeare Company
Barbican Theatre


To Cambridge With Love


1983Europe and Israel
Lisbon, Madrid, Nicosia, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Rehovot, Jerusalem
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (British Council 1983 Tour)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen




1983Hampstead Theatre
London, NW1
SHORT LIST
Michael Rudman
DIRECTOR: Mike Ockrent
ROLE: Terry


1983Ateneum Theatre
Warsaw
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (Warsaw)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen


1983Ambassadors'
Richmond, Bath, Brighton, London
COWARDICE
Sean Mathias
DIRECTOR: Anthony Page
ROLE: Boy


1983Theatre De L'Europe
Petit Odeon / Odeon Theatre
Paris
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (Paris)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen




1983Westwood Playhouse (LA); Ritz (NYC)
Los Angeles; New York
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (US 1983)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen


New York Drama Desk Award


1984Oxford Playhouse
Oxford
ACTING SHAKESPEARE (Oxford)
From Shakespeare with commentary by Ian McKellen


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April 1984 -  August 1986
Royal National Theatre

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