John Gielgud - An Actor In His Time

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
01The Purple Of The Terrys20170410 (BBC7)
20170411 (BBC7)

John Gielgud tells John Miller about his career, starting with his Old Vic 1921 debut.

Ellen Terry was my great-aunt. What I remember mostly about her is her movement - she was then an old lady, deaf and rather blind and very vague in mind, but when she came on stage you really believed that she was either walking on the flagstones of Venice or in the fields of Windsor...

Sir John Gielgud talks to John Miller about his career - starting with his 1921 very brief debut at The Old Vic.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation. He played every major Shakespearean role, including King Lear, Hamlet, Richard II and Prospero. His Hollywood supporting role as a butler in 'Arthur' won him his only Oscar in 1982.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1978.

02Why Don't I Go On The Stage?20170411 (BBC7)
20170412 (BBC7)

Surrounded by a famous family, the theatre had a magnetic pull for John Gielgud early on.

She thought me rather mannered and rather effeminate - which I was, and very conceited...

Surrounded by a famous family, the theatre had a magnetic pull for Sir John Gielgud early on. With John Miller.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1978.

03Those Great Creatures20170412 (BBC7)
20170413 (BBC7)

Gielgud recalls how star actresses drew the crowds in Edwardian theatre.

Great actor managers dominated Edwardian theatre, but Sir John Gielgud tells John Miller how star actresses drew the crowds.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1978.

04One Of Our More Promising Young Actors20170413 (BBC7)
20170414 (BBC7)

Gielgud recalls the early influence of Russian director Theodore Komisarjevsky.

It was a very interesting and extraordinary part, but I was very intense in it...

Sir John Gielgud recalls the early influence of Russian director, Theodore Komisarjevsky - and praise for his goatee beard. With John Miller.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1978.

05Hamlet Tomorrow Or Next Thursday, But Just Not Tonight!20170414 (BBC7)
20170415 (BBC7)

The 1929-31 seasons at the Old Vic established Gielgud as a Shakespearean performer.

I'd used to trail around, waving my cloak in the air and posing with my sword and crying a lot, and I thought - I don't think that's the thing at all.

The 1929 - 31 seasons at London's Old Vic established Sir John Gielgud as a new and exciting Shakespearean performer. With John Miller.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 1978.

06Time For Everything20170417 (BBC7)
20170418 (BBC7)

How inspiring directors Harley Granville-Barker and Gordon Terry made a lasting impression

"I think the English are so good at practical jokes, or they used to be - of course, the Edwardians were mad about practical jokes."

Harley Granville-Barker and Gordon Terry were directors who left a lasting impression on the actor.

Sir John Gielgud talks to John Miller about his distinguished acting career.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation. He played every major Shakespearean role, including King Lear, Hamlet, Richard II and Prospero. His Hollywood supporting role as a butler in 'Arthur' won him his only Oscar in 1982.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1978.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1978.

07Alarums And Excursions20170418 (BBC7)
20170419 (BBC7)

The actor talks to John Miller about directing Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier.

"He was very set on playing Malvolio in his particular way, which was very amusing but to me a little bit extravagant."

Memories of directing Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in a production that "didn't work".

The actor in conversation with John Miller.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Decemberr 1978.

Memories of directing Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in a production that "didn't work".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Decemberr 1978.

08Juliet In A Pink Bath20170419 (BBC7)
20170420 (BBC7)

Gielgud tells John Miller about collaborations with performers like Peggy Ashcroft.

"It was the only time I've ever appeared in a music-hall."
Sir John Gielgud tells John Miller about important collaborations with gifted performers like Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1978.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1978.

09Speak The Speech20170420 (BBC7)
20170421 (BBC7)

Gielgud talks to John Miller about his approach to learning lines.

"Taxi-drivers can never understand me and I gabble tremendously off the stage".

Sir John Gielgud talks to John Miller about his approach to learning lines which differed from Noel Coward's.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1978.

Taxi-drivers can never understand me and I gabble tremendously off the stage".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1978.

10Life In The Movies20170421 (BBC7)
20170422 (BBC7)

The actor talks to John Miller about the growth of the film industry.

"I always wanted to play the old king in Henry IV"
Sir John Gielgud talks to John Miller about the growth of the film industry and working with Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1978.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1978.

11Our Revels Now Are Ended20170424 (BBC7)
20170425 (BBC7)

The actor starring in The Providence and hopes of directing a film of The Tempest.

"I want to make it in Japan... of course the Masque would be wonderful on the screen, having them coming down in peacock chariots from the sky and walking on the sands..."

Sir John Gielgud tells John Miller about starring in The Providence and hopes of directing a film of The Tempest.

Actor and theatre director, Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000) was regarded as one of the greatest thespians of his generation. He played every major Shakespearean role, including King Lear, Hamlet, Richard II and Prospero. His Hollywood supporting role as a butler in 'Arthur' won him his only Oscar in 1982.

Producer: John Powell

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1979.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1979.