Jonathan Croall explores the wonderful world of John Gielgud (2/2)

19th October 2012

John Gielgud as Hamlet
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The theatre historian and author talks to Heather Neill about his two recently published books, John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Methuen) and Gielgoodies! The Wit, Wisdom and Gaffes of John Gielgud (Oberon Books), which together give a fully rounded account of one of the most important men of the theatre in the 20th century. Recorded at the National Theatre, 18 October 2012.

His gaffes were notorious. When auditioning Peter Sallis for Richard II, he said, “We’ve got two beautiful men for Bagot and Bushy. I think you’d make a good contrast.”