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  • Biography

    When I was offered a place at RADA I was determined to make the most of it. I had never really thrived in the world of academia, but now for the first time I was studying something that I actually had a passion for. One of the major benefits of the training was simply the number of productions; working with many different directors and performing in both studio and main house. It was the equivalent of permanent employment at such a formative period for any aspiring actor. Taking on a wide variety of roles that the profession would never have offered you even if you’d been lucky enough to find work. We were a very tight and I think gifted bunch and many went on to achieve fine careers in the big outside world. The principal was Hugh Crutwell who was an inspiration to every student who passed through RADA during his tenure. When we started working professionally Hugh always found time to come and see your work and was never shy of offering a critique. There was no-one’s opinion that I valued more highly.

  • Student’s Report

    Second Term Acting Course
    Name: Iain Glen
    Summer 1983

    Voice Production

    An engaging, intelligent actor who sought such intellectual subtleties that his body and voice were forced to contort themselves in response. He is now much freer in resonance because there is more balance with breathing and, both in his speaking and singing voice, he finds increasing meaning and beauty of tone. His commitment is total.

    Geoffrey Connor


    Greatly improved in use of the body without force and with more ease and flow. Hollow back is still rather apparent.
    To work on:
    Explore even more the use of weight and flow in order to release images with more richness of texture.

    June Kemp
  • Complete list of awards & prizes

    Bancroft Gold MedalIain Glen
    KendalRalph Fiennes
    VanbrughNeil Dudgeon
    RADA Silver MedalImogen Stubbs
    RADA Bronze MedalJane Horrocks
    Stephen Murray MemorialTania Wade, Serena Gordon
    Tree PrizeDarryl Knock
    Sir Emile Littler AwardsImogen Stubbs, Ralph Fiennes
    Edith Evans MemorialRichard Hicks
    Cedric Hardwicke MemorialNeil Dudgeon
    SherekWayne Foskett
    Forbes-Robertson (verse)Ralph Fiennes
    Oughton (character)Darryl Knock
    Edmund Gray (high comedy)Jason Watkins
    Fabia Drake’s comedy PrizePeter Gunn
    D. Taylor’s Shakespeare PrizeTimothy McCurdy
    Maude (movement)Ronan Vibert
    Hannam-Clarke (dialect)Jason Watkins
    Shakespeare Schools (classical)Ralph Fiennes
    Arthur Talbot SmithSimon Gregor
    Christine Silber Memorial (diction)Louis Hilyer
    Bossom Prize (diction)Ralph Fiennes
    Stage Fighting:
    BartonImogen Stubbs & Simon Gregor
    MoseleyIain Glen
    CreanRalph Fiennes, Richard Hicks, Ronan Vibert, & Jason Watkins
    WareRalph Fiennes & Iain Glen
  • Plays Performed

    ‘Steppenwolf’Herman HesseBrian Bates
    ‘Robin Hood-The Truth Behind the Green Tights’David NeilsonDavid Neilson
    ‘Peer Gynt’Henrik Ibsen
    ‘Strife’John GalsworthyAngela Langfield
    ‘Hang of the Gaol’Howard BarkerHoward Barker
    ‘Angel City’Sam ShepardTim Fywell
    ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’William ShakespeareAndy Hinds
    ‘The Relapse’John Vanbrugh
    ‘Three Sisters’Anton ChekovBrian Stirner
    ‘Airbase’Malcolm McKayMalcolm McKay
    ‘Man Of Mode’George EtheregeMike Bradwell
    ‘The Father’August StrindbergEwan Hooper


by Herman Hesse

(G.B.S THEATRE from 3-5 November 1983)

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  • Letter from the Principal:


    Dear Iain,

    Congratulations on your really remarkable performance in Steppenwolf, it’s an amazing achievement: a most impressive centrepiece to a gripping theatrical experience. The show has come together magnificently and held the audience enthralled. I’m very thrilled for the whole group; and your contribution is invaluable. Well done! And thanks.

    Hugh Crutwell.

    I’ll be seeing it again on Saturday.

  • Credits

    Iain Glen
    Harry Haller
    Claire Hackett
    Neil Dudgeon
    Julia Fabris
    Harry’s Landlady
    Sean O’Callaghan
    Simon Gregor
    Jane Horrocks
    Harry’s Mother
    Peter Gunn
    Harry’s father
    Angela Connolly
    Harry’s Wife
    Richard Hicks
    Serena Gordon
    Professor’s Wife
    Imogen Stubbs
    Dinner Guest
    Ronan Vibert
    Dinner Guest
    Brian Phillips
    Tim McCurdy
    Jason Watkins
    Tania Wade


Vanbrugh Theatre 18th May 1984

Congratulations to Iain Glen and Ralph Fiennes for their excellent work, I hope they will both find the opportunities to use their splendid skills in future careers. The Bryan Mosley prize for best performance in armed combat went to Iain Glen, and it was a close run thing between the two. Ralph (who wins the Patrick Crean prize for outstanding performance in armed combat) was rather too kind in aiming slightly off target several times, and this lost him my prize. My view is that the more accurate the stroke the safer the parry can be, but anxiety of ten caused a last second diversion off target which results in parries being too wide or even to miss altogether. Nonetheless, a very finely matched and thought out fight.

Reviewed by Bryan Mosley