Ian McKellen as Martin Luther


Written by John Osborne

Directed by Robert Chetwyn

Ian McKellen in the role of Martin Luther

Arts Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk

9 April 1963

L to R: Ian McKellen (Luther), Stephen MacDonald (Cajetan), and Gawn Grainger (Tetzel). Stephen MacDonald later playwright/director of Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

Elspeth Cochrane had watched my progress over the previous year when she visited her clients in Coventry and Ipswich. I only felt I needed an agent (who costs 10% of your salary) when I began to wonder what I should do after I had finished a year at Ipswich.

Ian McKellen (Luther) and Gawn Grainger (The Knight)


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