Watching Artists As They Ripen and Mature

During World War II, John Gielgud began working on a one-man show built around some of Shakespeare’s famous soliloquies. Based on an anthology by George Rylands that was published in 1939, Gielgud’s show followed a man’s growth from his first steps through his youth to adulthood and, finally, into old age and death.

Entitled The Ages of Man, the actor’s monologue premiered at the 1957 Edinburgh International Festival, won a Tony Award for Gielgud’s performances on Broadway in 1959 and 1963, and allowed him to tour his solo show for ten years (the 1966 CBS