Ian McKellen Radio/Spoken Word


Year Producer Title Details
2018 BBC Radio 4 Paradise Lost John Milton adapted by Michael Symmons Roberts

First transmitted 24 March 2018


Role Contributor
Milton Ian McKellen
Elizabeth Frances Barber
Satan Simon Russell Beale
Beelzebub Jonathan Keeble
Adam Ashley Margolis
Christ David Seddon
Mammon Conrad Nelson
Eve Emily Pithon
God Russell Dixon
Director Susan Roberts
Author John Milton
Adaptor Michael Symmons Roberts

2010 Polydor Ltd. Invisible Light Scissor Sisters
2010 BBC Radio 4 GOLDFINGER WRITER: Archie Scottney based on Ian Fleming's novel
2009 BBC Radio 4 WALTER NOW WRITER: David Cook
2008 Audible.com OUTCAST WRITER: Michelle Paver

Fourth in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

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2006 BBC Radio 4 SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT Writer: Simon Armitage

My reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, newly translated by the poet Simon Armitage, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15pm on Thursday 21st December 2006.


Writer: Samuel Coleridge


2006 Orion Audio Books SOUL EATER WRITER: Michelle Paver

Third in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

Published: 7 September 2006

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2005 Orion Audio Books SPIRIT WALKER WRITER: Michelle Paver

Second in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

Published: 7 September 2005

2005 BBC ASYLUM WRITER: Patrick McGrath
2005 BBC Radio 4 THE PRELUDE WRITER: William Wordsworth
DIRECTOR: Susan Roberts
LINKS by Robert Woof

First broadcast Monday 25 July -Friday 29 July 2005

I read five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version. The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

2005 BBC Radio 4 TERRE HAUTE WRITER: Edmund Wilson
DIRECTOR: Maria Aitken
With Troy Hill and Stuart Milligan

First broadcast 25 February 2005 21.00

Just before he was executed for the Oklahoma bombing, Timothy McVeigh was in correspondence with the American writer and iconoclast, Gore Vidal. In this play, the award winning novelist Edmund White imagines what would have happened had they ever met face to face in Terre Haute prison.


2004 Naxos AudioBooks


THE TEMPEST WRITER: William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: John Tydeman

2004 Orion Audio Books




WRITER: Michelle Paver

First in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series

Publication Date: 16 September 2004

2004 BBC Radio 4 BE PREPARED WRITER: Andy Rashleigh
ROLE: Robert Baden-Powell


2003 BBC World Service Radio HIV/AIDS Concert Recorded live at the Mermaid Theatre, London on Friday 7 November 2003
Broadcast 22 November 2003
2003 BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs
2001 BBC Radio 4 LITTLE DORRIT WRITER: Charles Dickens
ROLE: Dickens
Co-starring John Wood, Julian Wadham, Margaret Tyzack
Six weekly episodes broadcast beginning 22 April 2001
1996 Penguin Books ODYSSEY (Unabridged) WRITER: Homer
1997 Audie Award for best solo narration
1996 CREATIONS WRITER: Corigliano
ROLE: Narrator

Recorded 12 July 1996; accompanies recording of I Fiamminghi conducted by Rudolf Werthen
1994 Harper Collins Audio THE DANCING BEAR WRITER: Michael Morpurgo
ROLE: narrator
Co-starring: Vanessa Redgrave & Sting.
1994 BBC Radio 3 The Ballad of Reading Gaol from the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. A benefit performance of Oscar Wilde 's great poem, introduced by Neil Dartlett and read by Ian McKellen , Stephen Fry , Neil Tennant , Bette Bourne and others. Produer Ned Chaillet

Transmitted 9 October 1994
1994 Pet Shop Boys HEART Music Video
Role: Dracula
1992 BBC Radio 3 NAPOLIA MILLIONARIA WRITER: Eduardo da Filippo.
From its successful run at the Royal National Theatre, Peter Tinniswood 's new version of this classic study of Neapolitan life in the Second World War. Starring Ian McKellen and Frances Barber. RNT production directed by Richard Eyre and for radio by Chris Barton Producer Jeremy Howe

20 September 1992
Recorded 4 November 1989
3 April 1990
Rebroadcast in 1994
1989 BBC Radio 3 WILD HONEY WRITER: Anton Checkhov, adapted and transated by Michael Frayn
ROLE: Platonov
Recorded 7-12 August 1989
15 December 1989

1989 BBC Radio 4 From the Front Line Experiences of three soldiers on both sides of the trenches who died in the 1914-18 war. Poems by WILFRED OWEN read by Ian McKellen. Letters of GEORGE AND ALBERT STROPHER of Saxmundham, Suffolk, read by Ivan Cutting. Letters and diaries of LUDWIG KUTTNER of Berlin read by Marcus Stolberg. Music composed and played by LARRY ADLER. Producer KEITH SLADE BBC South and East, Elstree. Stereo

12 November 1989
1988 BBC Radio 4 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Part 14: "The Ad-Dressing of Cats" Read by Ian McKellen
13 October 1988
1988 WBUR Boston / NPR SPEAKING FOR EVERYMAN Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration
Air Date: 19 April 1988, 8:30pm
Guests: F. Murray Abraham, Sting, Margorie Garber
Peabody Broadcasting Award
1985 BBC Radio 4 DEAR AND HONOURED LADY Extract from act 2 of Noël Coward's Private Lives chosen by the Queen Mother, with Judi Dench as Amanda and Ian McKellen as Elliott
4 August 1985
1984 BBC Radio 4 The Actors are Come Hither To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday a distinguished cast performs scenes from his plays with interlinking comments from critics through the ages. with Maxine Audley , Anna Calder-Marshall , Tony Church, Estelle Kohler , Ian Mckellen , Michael Pennington , Dorothy Tutin , Timothy West and Michael Williams Compiled by DAVID BUCK Directed by DICKON REED (First broadcast on World Service)

24 April 1984
1984 BBC Radio 3 BARNES' PEOPLE A series of duologues by PETER BARNES
"It's Cold, Wanderer, It 's Cold"
With Mary Ellis
A God-fearing terrorist defends his revolutionary beliefs on his last day on earth.

15 February 1984
1983 BBC Radio 3 SIR THOMAS MORE WRITER: William Shakespeare, adapted for radio by Penny Gold
DIRECTOR: Martin Jenkins
ROLE: Sir Thomas More
Music specially composed by Philip Lane
Recorded 28 April - 2 May 1983
First transmitted in June 1983
1982 THE DIARY OF A NOBODY WRITER WRITER: George & Weedon Grossmith
ROLE: Butcher
1980 BBC Radio 3 THREE SISTERS Rebroadcast of 1965 recording
Transmitted 27 January 1980
1979 BBC Radio 3 A DOLL'S HOUSE WRITER: Henrik Ibsen
DIRECTOR: John Tydeman
ROLE: Torvald
WIth Susan Fleetwood Michael Gough David Buck and Sheila Reid

Transmitted 20 December 1979
1979 BBC Radio 3 WORDS, WORDS, WORDS 'A personal Choice of Poetry and Prose' broadcast in five 20 minute programmes, recorded at the BBC Paris Studio before an invited audience

Directed by Ian Cotterell

Transmitted 21 July 1979 (part 1 of 5)
1979 BBC Radio 4 FAME IS THE SPUR WRITER: Adapted by Ken Whitmore from Howard Spring's novel
DIRECTOR: Trevor Hill
ROLE: Hamer Radshaw

Recorded by BBC ManchesterTransmitted 7 January - 25 February 1979 (eight episodes)


1972 BBC Radio 2 Bichu the Jaguar WRITER: Alan Caillou abridged by Jack Singleton
Transmission 4 December 1972 (first of ten daily parts)
1972 BBC Radio 3 Poems for Good Friday IAN MCKELLEN and ANNA CROPPER read poems by Roger Frith
Introduced by ARNOLD WESKER

Transmitted 31 March 1972
1971 BBC Radio HENRY VI WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Dukes of York & Gloucester

Broadcast in two parts, BBC Radio 3, 7 & 14 March 1971

ROLE: Rupert Brooke

First transmitted on BBC Radio 4, 17 January 1971
1970 BBC Radio 4 A PROVINCIAL LIFE WRITER: Anton Chekov adapted by Peter Gill
ROLE: Misail Alexander Poloznev
CO-STARRING: Joseph O'Conor, Sheila Grant, Shirley Dixon, Eleanor Bron

First transmitted: 24 August 1970

1970 BBC Radio ROMEO AND JULIET WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Romeo
Co-starring: Anna Calder-Marshall (Juliet) and Robert Eddison (Friar Lawrence)

Recorded 3 March 1970 for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 6 April 1970.


1969 BBC Radio 4 THE PROMISE WRITER: Alexei Arbuzov translated by Ariadne Nicolaeff
ROLE: Leonidik
Judi Dench as Lika
Ian McShane as Marat

20 October 1969

1969 Prospect Theatre Company EDWARD II WRITER: Christopher Marlowe
ROLE: King Edward
Recording of Prospect Theatre Company performance

1968 BBC Radio THE FLIES WRITER: Jean-Paul Sartre translated by Vernon Dobtcheff

Role: Orestes
Judi Dench as Electra

First transmission 9 June 1968
1968 BBC Radio THE SEAGULL WRITER: Anton Chekov
ROLE: Konstantin

Irene Worth as Arkadina

13 February 1968

1967 BBC Radio RICHARD III WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Lord Hastings

Co-starring: Paul Daneman as Richard III, Judi Dench as Lady Anne

Recorded in studio B10, Broadcasting House, 24 June - 1 July 1967

First transmission 23 November 1967


1967 BBC Radio THE FIRST ST. JOAN WRITER: G. Bernard Shaw
ROLE: Dauphin

Four scenes from "St. Joan" introduced by Dame Sybil Thorndike, who acted her original role in this play which took London by storm in 1924

Starring: Sybil Thorndike (Joan), Walter Fitzgerald (Archbishop), Ian McKellen (Dauphin), Clive Morton (Baudricourt), Michael Spice (Dunois), Alan Wheatley (The Inquisitor)

Transmitted 27 May 1967


1967 BBC Radio EDWARD II WRITER: Christopher Marlowe
ROLE: Gaveston

Alec McCowen as King Edward

Recording released on vinyl

Broadcast on Network Three
17 March 1967

1966 Caedmon HENRY V WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Dauphin
1966 BBC Radio HEDDA GABLER ROLE: Eilert Lovborg

11 December 1966

1966 BBC Radio HENRY VIII WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Surrey

Keith MIchell as King Henry
Irene Worth as Queen Katherine

2 December 1966

1966 Caedmon EDWARD II WRITER: Christopher Marlowe
ROLE: Gaveston

Alec McCowen as King Edward

Recording released on vinyl
1966  BBC Home Service  A LILY IN LITTLE INDIA WRITER: Donald Howarth

A radio version of the recent London stage production

6 June 1966

1966 BBC Radio ELECTRA WRITER: Eurypides
ROLE: Orestes

Eileen Atkins as Electra

Network Three
11 February 1966

1965 National Theatre MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Claudio
Co-starring: Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, Frank Finlay.
Bristol Hippodrome - 22 March 1965: Theatre Royal, Nottingham - 29 March 1965.


1965 BBC Woman's Hour Serial SONS AND LOVERS WRITER: D. H. Lawrence
Five weekly installments
31 May to 4 June 1965

1965 Caedmon THREE SISTERS WRITER: Anton Chekhov translated by Elisaveta Fen adapted for radio by Peter Watts

ROLE: Tuzenbach
Co-starring: Lynn Redgrave, Paul Schofield, and Jill Bennett

BBC Home Service Basic
 Broadcast 24 May 1965

1960 Marlowe Society/Argo Records HENRY IV PART 2 WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Davy
CO-STARRING:Anthony Jacobs, Gary Watson, Denis Mccarthy, Corin Redgrave, Terence Hardiman, Derek Jacobi, Clive Swift (Falstaff), Philip Strick, Tony Robertson, and Roger Hammond

1960 Marlowe Society/Argo Records A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Lysander
1958 Marlowe Society/Argo Records ANTONY & CLEOPATRA WRITER: Shakespeare
ROLE: Mardian
CO-STARRING: Irene Worth as Cleopatra