(Excerpts from McKellen’s diary appeared 1/17 in the Times of London–thanks to Pam Green for the alert.)

Ian McKellen's Waiting for Godot diary

The celebrated actor has written a diary throughout the hit production of Waiting for Godot. Here he reveals all

End of August 2009

When I came off on the last night, we were all going to have a celebratory drink in the dressing room, and I couldn’t. I went into a side room and just started crying. Sky TV was following the production in the Haymarket, and Sean [Mathias], the director, came in with the company manager. They’d got microphones on, because they were part of this filming, and so, although the camera wasn’t in there, you could hear this sobbing. It had been an absolutely joyous job.

When we’d suggested doing it, the Theatre Royal management had said, “Nobody wants to see Waiting for Godot.” As it happened, every single ticket was booked for every single performance, and this confirmation that our judgment was right was sweet. Audiences came to us from all over the world. It was amazing.

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http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article6986208.ece

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