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A young Ian McKellen shows his promise
mkb-8 from United Kingdom
29 November 2006
Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II were successful stage
productions recorded in the studio for BBC Television in the early days
of colour transmissions. At that time only the recently inaugurated BBC
2 channel was broadcasting in colour and the new TV sets were very
I was a university student at the time and watched these outstanding
productions in the colour TV lounge in my hall of residence. I've
remembered them vividly ever since, particularly the young Ian
McKellen's highly charged and sensual performances in the title roles.
Those were less enlightened times and young Ian was still firmly 'in
the closet' but to my youthful mind his gay sensibility was more than
evident, especially in the role of Edward II.
These landmark productions are crying out for a DVD release.
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