1. - Daniel Massey, Star! 1968. The best Noel Coward around was not Stephens, nor Peter Cook, but The Master’s own godson.
2. - Alan Bates, Three Sisters, 1974. The idea was to keep some National Theatre magic on record. "Something for the cinema," said Laurence Olivier, after the "filmed plays" of his Othello and The Dance of Death. Hence Bates, stepping in as Vershinin, the Russian Army Colonel in love with Masha alias, Joan Plowright, Lady Olivier.
3. - Len Cariou, A Little Night Music, 1977. Dropped after an afternoon's rehearsals. Elizabeth Taylor did not approve of their chemistry. "Chemistry?" said Stephens. "Chemistry! We're actors not bloody pharmacists."