Castle was born on 31 August, 1932, in the village of Scholes, near Holmfirth,
Yorkshire, UK. He got his first taste of the music business when, at the age of
six, he took up piano lessons and later began learning to tap-dance. Roy's stage
debut was as the cat in a production of Dick Whittington. From there, he joined
the Jimmy James Comedy Act as James' stooge along with Eli Wood, but his big break
came with his first television appearance on The Dickie Valentine Saturday Spectacular.
Make 'em Laugh
a career which spanned over 35 years, he proved himself to be the very definition
of versatility: He appeared in many major musicals on Broadway and London's West
End - most notably in the revival of Singin' in the Rain and the Dickens adaptation
Pickwick, alongside ex-Goon Harry Secombe - as well as five Royal Command performances;
he had his own variety TV show in the mid -1960s and he acted in many films, the
best known of which are probably Dr Terror's House of Horrors, Dr Who and the
Daleks, the big-screen adaptation of the popular sci-fi TV series (which also
starred Peter Cushing1) and Carry On Up The Khyber (one of the long-running, bawdy
Carry On... series of comedies). Speaking about his Carry On… appearance, Roy
favourite moment of Carry On Up the Khyber was the famous eating scene. We all
had to continue eating and chatting completely oblivious of the explosions going
on all around us... As the place slowly disintegrated and debris fell into our
food, we pushed it around our plates and tried to avoid actually 'eating' any.
The scene continued for what seemed an eternity, and this being a filming technique
where the actors never actually played to the camera, no- one had noticed the
crew's practical joke. We carried on pushing the food around which now included
Fuller's earth powder (not harmful but equally not appetising). Eventually we
had to put some of the revolting concoction in our mouths. This made our serene
acting even more difficult. Finally, Sid James broke the silence by emitting one
word - 'Bastards!'. The director had given the cameramen and crew the wink. They
had stopped the cameras but no-one had said 'Cut'. They all quietly sneaked away
and left us to it!
also enjoyed a successful recording career, featuring on the soundtrack albums
of many of the musicals he worked on. In 1960, he even scored a top 40 hit in
the British singles charts with a song called 'Little White Berry'. In 1994, he
released Ben and Roy Castle's Big Celebration, an album of music alongside his
1973, Roy starred alongside Ronnie Barker in 'Another Fine Mess', an episode of
Barker's Seven of One, a series of one-off plays2. In it, Roy and Ronnie played
two Laurel and Hardy impersonators - Roy was a lifelong fan of the comic duo and
had, over the years, perfected a startling impression of Stan Laurel.
is as a presenter of the BBC TV programme Record Breakers (with his self-penned
signature tune 'Dedication's What You Need'3) that Roy is best remembered. During
his 22 series on the show, Roy gained no less than eight listings in the Guinness
Book of Records, including the world records for the fastest tap-dancer (1,440
Taps Per Minute, 24 beats per second), playing one tune on 43 different instruments
in four minutes and a 3-hour 23 minute wing-walk. It was with the typical optimism
that he was renowned for that, in 1992, he announced one final 'record' he intended
to break - surviving cancer.
Roy Castle was diagnosed with lung cancer despite being a lifelong
non-smoker (it's believed he was a victim of what has become known as 'passive
smoking' due to his time working in smokey clubs). Nevertheless, he amazed all
with his enthusiastic, positive attitude to his predicament, drawing on his devout
faith in Christianity and his determination not to let his final years go to waste.
He became the figurehead for the Cause for Hope Lung Cancer Appeal (later renamed
the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation) and spent his last months raising money
for the future development of the world's first 'International Centre for Lung
Cancer Research'4 on his 'Tour of Hope', a massive 1200-mile walk around the UK.
Despite warnings from his surgeon, Roy used every last vestige of energy to promote
the cause, knowing full well that his time was short. He told reporters at the
ambition was always that, when I came to my last days, I wanted to be able to
look behind me and smile.
this time, he also completed his autobiography, Now and Then, which was a candid
account of his life, including his long and varied career as well as his own reaction
to the news of his illness.
Castle finally lost his battle with cancer on 2 September, 1994, two days after
his 62nd birthday. He was survived by his wife for over 30 years, Fiona, and his
four children. His son Ben has followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a
noted jazz musician.
the many tributes that followed, Roy's name was given to a train, the 47786 'Roy
Castle OBE' . His name has also been used for a 'Clean Air' award given to pubs,
restaurants and other public areas that refuse to allow smoking on their premises.
Corbett - patron of Barn 2000
of stature and, during the 1970s, sporting thick-lensed glasses, British funnyman
Ronnie Corbet spent 16 years as half of one of his country's most popular comic
acts, the Two Ronnies. He has also had success on his own, as a comedian, a television
personality, and an actor.
was discovered as a young man by interviewer David Frost in the 1960s. Recognizing
him for a talented comic, Frost booked Corbett on his television show many times.
teamed with the much larger Ronnie Barker in the early '70s, and their television
variety show debuted in 1971. The two could not be described as a comedy team
in the normal sense, rather than working as a complementary pair of opposites
like Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy, the two were total opposites and
often worked independently; somehow, their unlikely combination worked and their
show ran through 1986. During the run of their hour-long show, several videotape
retrospectives were released. The Two Ronnies continue to perform together, but
Corbett has also successfully worked on his own on television, stage, and in feature
films. He made his movie debut with a small role (opposite fellow neophyte Anthony
Newly) in the comedy Top of the Form (1953). Corbett next appeared in Casino Royale
(1967). Corbett's other film credits include Fierce Creatures (1997). ~ Sandra
Brennan, All Movie Guide.
can be seen from the photograph below, Ronnie Corbett supported the Barn 2000
project by initiating the building of the extension. He also encouraged patrons
to give generously to the bucket collection at the end of each performance.
Beatrice Forbes-Robertson the ardent feminist who wrote
'What Women Want' appeared at the Barn to talk to the debating society in the
Born in 1907, he was one of the most celebrated playwrights of
the mid-20th century, regarded as the Shakespeare of his time for his poetry and
wit. While a young teacher, he helped to found the Tunbridge Wells Repertory Players
in 1932 and directed the English premiere there of Bernard Shaw's Village Wooing
Two years later, Fry married Phyllis Hart, a journalist who
had recently returned from Canada where she worked for the Calgary Herald. In
1939 Fry left teaching to become the artistic director of the Oxford Playhouse,
and in the same year published his first play, The Boy with a Cart. But his theatrical
career was abruptly overtaken by World War II. A Quaker and a pacifist, Fry served
four years with the Pioneer Corps fighting fires and dealing with bomb damage
on the Liverpool docks.
After the war, his hopeful comedies led a resurgence
in verse drama in English, especially the four "seasonal comedies":
The Lady's Not for Burning ("Spring," 1948), Venus Observed ("Autumn,"
1949), The Dark Is Light Enough ("Winter," 1954) and A Yard of Sun ("Summer,"
1970). He also wrote religious dramas in verse such as The Firstborn (1946), Thor
with Angels (1948) and A Sleep of Prisoners (1951), and several important dramatic
translations such as Ring Round the Moon (1950) and The Lark (1955) by Jean Anouilh
and Tiger at the Gates (1955) by Jean Giraudoux. Fry's plays attracted some of
the era's best classical actors, including Paul Scofield in A Phoenix Too Frequent
(1946), John Gielgud in The Lady's Not for Burning and Laurence Olivier in Venus
Christopher Fry still lives in Chichester, West Sussex, in
England. In a letter to us in February, he wrote, "I wish indeed that I could
be with you as you so generously invite me to be, but there's something about
being a nonagenarian which dissuades from long travel and (particularly) airports.
There is a lesson to be learned from GBS standing on a ladder to prune roses."
Sir Tyrone Guthrie was
one of the foremost theatre directors of the 20th Century. He directed for the
Scottish National Players, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, the Old Vic, Sadler's
Wells, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York,
the Habimah Theatre of Tel Aviv, the Abbey and the Gate in Dublin, the Group Theatre
of Belfast and many others. He founded the Shakespeare Festival Theatre at Stratford,
Ontario, and The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota is named in his honour.
appeared at the Barn Theatre in 'The Triumph of Death' in 1924 together with Flora
Robson, Robert Speaight and Cyril Bellamy.
Joyce was born in 1912 in Zeehan. She left Zeehan at the age of two for Kununoppin,
W.A. Eileen first took piano lessons in about 1921 after moving to Boulder. She
then studied piano at the Loretto Convent in Perth. After Eileen played for Percy
Grainger and Wilhelm Backhaus they recommended that she study in Europe. With
money raised by the local people she was able to go to Germany to study in about
1927 where she studied under Teichmuller at the "Conservertoire".
1930 she made her debut playing the Prokofiev concerto with Sir Henry Wood conducting
the London Philharmonic Orchestra at a Promenade Concert in London. She became
one of the BBC's most regular broadcasting artists, as well as being in demand
for concert tours in the provinces. She memorised more than fifty piano concertos
and numerous recital programs.
married in London in 1937 and had a son. Her husband died on active service in
North Africa in 1942. During the war she performed regularly with Sir Malcolm
Sargent and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, especially in blitzed areas.
subsequently appeared with all principal UK orchestras as well as those of Berlin,
France, Italy and New York. She made tours to Australia in both 1936 and 1948,
South Africa in 1950, the Netherlands and Scandinavia in 1951, Finland and South
America in 1952, New Zealand and Soviet Russia in 1958 and 1961 respectively,
as well as Yugoslavia and India in 1962. Whilst in Tasmania she performed a solo
at the gala opening concert of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
was featured in films: Battle for Music, Girl in a Million, the allegedly biographical
"Wherever She Goes" and contributed to soundtracks for Brief Encounter, the Seventh
Veil and other films.
was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Cambridge University in 1971.
She lived at Limpsfield in Surrey, England, and continued to take a great interest
in young musicians from WA as well as in local musical endeavours.
died on 25 March 1991.
in 1998 Mrs Mary Grant of England visited the West Coast Pioneers’ Memorial Museum
“quite by chance” and observed the Eileen Joyce memorabilia held there. In subsequent
conversation with staff member Jenny Gleeson, Mrs Grant mentioned that she was
a member of the church where Eileen Joyce was buried and also that she knew of
a light operatic society that had enjoyed Dr Joyce’s patronage during her lifetime.
Mrs Grant’s return home Jenny Gleeson received a letter from a Mrs Pat Rolph of
Limpsfield, Surrey, England. Mrs. Rolph was chairman of the Oxted Operatic society
of which Dr Joyce had been President for seventeen years and after Eileen Joyce’s
death she was given some of the gowns worn by Dr Joyce at her later concerts.
She was extremely interested to hear Mrs Grant’s account of her visit to Eileen
Joyce’s birthplace in Zeehan and has donated, on behalf of the Oxted Operatic
Society, one of these gowns to the West Coast Pioneers’ Memorial Museum.
plans to create an interactive display celebrating Eileen Joyce’s life and achievements
and Mrs Rolph’s gift of a gown is an invaluable acquisition.
The late I.W. (Bill) Wood, formerly of Zeehan, researched these biographical notes
for the West Coast Heritage Authority Ltd, Newsletter (2) March 1999, West Coast
Pioneers Memorial Museum
Davis, Richard, Eileen Joyce: a portrait, Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre
one of the best dramatic actresses of her time was born at Suva in the Fiji Islands
in 1915 and educated in Sussex and at R.A.D.A. She first appeared in London as
Lysistrata at the Old Gate Theatre in Villiers Street and then came to Oxted to
set up her own repertory company, The Stranger Players, who performed every week
at the Barn Theatre from September 1936 to March 1939.
Player's presented a wide range of productions from Shakespeare's 'Merchant of
Venice', Tchekov's 'Uncle Vanya', Ibsen's 'When We Dead Awaken' through Oliver
Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer', Shaw's 'Arms and the Man', various plays
by Clemence Dane, a Christmas production of A.A. Milne's 'Toad of Toad Hall' (in
which Mary Morris played the mole), 'And So To Bed', 'Love From a Stranger', Patrick
Hamilton's 'Rope' and several of Noel Coward's plays including 'Hay Fever', 'Easy
Virtue' and 'Tonight at 8.30'.
to the best traditions of repertory, Mary played many parts including men's roles
(Gratiano in 'The Merchant of Venice', Patrick Bramwell Bronte in Clemence Dane's
'Wild December'), usually designed the scenery and was sometimes assistant stage
manager or wardrobe mistress too. She often danced or mimed before shows as well.
she went to Hollywood, returning to British films under Alexander Korda. She was
cast opposite Leslie Howard in 'Pimpernel Smith' and Conrad Veidt in 'Thief of
Baghdad'. Other films and many West End plays followed, including 'Peter Pan'.
She went on to do much television work.
died in Switzerland at the age of 72.
Robson was born in Durham on March 28th 1902 and grew up in north London. After
training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), she performed in London
and Oxford in 1921-23. A shortage of employment then forced her to work in a factory
until a friend recommended her to the Cambridge Festival Theatre in 1929. After
two years there she returned to London and impressed audiences with her versatility.
Her parts included the bloodthirsty Herodias in Salome, a drunken prostitute in
Bridie's The Anatomist (both 1931), the snobbish Gwendolen in The Importance of
Being Earnest, and Lady Macbeth (both 1933).
Robson's early films was Alexander Korda's Fire over England (1937), in which
she played Queen Elizabeth I. She built on her success in this role during her
brief Hollywood career (1939-42), when she played Elizabeth to Errol Flynn's Essex
in The Sea Hawk (1941). On the New York stage she played the title role of Elizabeth
the Queen (1942).
most famous of Robson's subsequent stage roles was perhaps that of Paulina in
Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (1951). Her many achievements were acknowledged
when she was made a DBE in 1960. Robson retired in 1969, a year after giving an
inspired comic rendering of Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest and
died in 1984.
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James Smith was born in Middlesbrough in 1909. He studied piano at the Royal College
of Music and made his début in Birmingham in 1929. He played at the Henry Wood
Promenade Concert in 1929 and at the Barn Theatre, Oxted during the 1930's. He
had a distinguished career until 1956 when he lost the use of his left hand after
having a stroke brought about by pressure problems in an aircraft on a visit to
the USSR. He continued to perform in partnership with his wife Phyllis Sellick
and several pieces for three hands were written for them. He became Professor
of Pianoforte at the Royal College of Music in 1973 until he died in 1974 East
son of a bookmaker, Jimmy was born in Liverpool on 6th February 1940. He left
school at 15 and started work as a garage mechanic but was sacked from this and
many subsequent jobs for 'fooling around'. At 18, he joined a touring rock 'n'
roll show which set him firmly on the showbusiness ladder of success, after which
he became a Butlin's holiday camp Redcoat. It was at this time, when he was 22,
that he was spotted by the late Val Parnell and made his TV debut on Comedy Bandbox.
He made several guest appearances on Sunday Night at the London Palladium for
Val Parnell until he became resident compere in September 1965.
was soon headlining the top variety shows throughout the country as well as making
his London cabaret debut at The Talk of the Town. Apart from appearing on Sunday
Night at the London Palladium, his other hit series were The Jimmy Tarbuck Show
for ATV, It's Tarbuck for ATV and Tarbuck's luck for the BBC.
Christmas he could be found starring in pantomime and during the summer at leading
English resorts. He also found time to visit Australia and Hong Kong to appear
in cabaret and in 1975 he appeared in his own television game show Winner Takes
All for Yorkshire Television. This ran until 1986 when it was followed by Tarby's
Frame Game, also for Yorkshire Television.
the late '70's, Jimmy started to appear as a guest on The Parkinson Show and these
appearances were to cause a resurgence in his popularity as one of England's leading
television comedians, but he still did not neglect his golf and was honoured to
play in the Bob Hope Classic in America.
'80's found Jimmy signing a five year contract with London Weekend Television
to present Live from Her Majesty's which was aired in 1983/84 and 1985, followed
by Live from the Piccadilly in 1986 and culminating with Live from the London
Palladium in 1987/88. During this period he also had a television series called
Tarby and Friends. This was a very successful talk show which was aired by London
Weekend Television in 1984-1986 and followed by Tarby after Ten in 1988.
'90's found Jimmy appearing in summer seasons, pantomime and yearly concert tours.
He is regarded as one of England's leading after-dinner speakers and hosts many
of the top award and business presentation shows as well as many TV guest appearances.
has been honoured by an hour long special of This is Your Life and has found time
to write Tarbuck on Golf which went to the top of the bestsellers and was followed
by his second book Tarbuck on Showbiz which was equally successful.
has received the top Variety Club of Great Britain award as Showbusiness Personality
of the Year and for his charity work he has been made an Officer of the Most Venerable
Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.
is recognised as one of Britain's top cabaret artists and after-dinner speakers
and his love of golf has never wavered. He holds 'The Jimmy Tarbuck Golf Classic'
annually in either Spain or Portugal and has been captain of Coombe Hill Golf
Club. He regularly plays in charity golf matches throughout the country and is
a life-long supporter of Liverpool Football Club.
1994 Jimmy was honoured by being made an OBE for his services to showbusiness
Michael Tippett was born in London in 1905 and spent his childhood in Suffolk,
making little contact with music until his teens. While at Stamford Grammar School,
near Peterborough, he took piano lessons from a local teacher, Mrs Tinkler, sang
in the local church choir and took part in amateur stage-productions. It was the
experience of a hearing an orchestral concert in Leicester, conducted by Malcolm
Sargent, that led him to decide to become a composer - even though he had little
idea what it involved. His musical ambitions were not encouraged school, so he
pressurised his parents into supporting him as a student at the Royal College
of Music in London, where he enrolled in 1923.
studying at the RCM, he took advantage of London concert life and the theatre
scene to equip himself for his future career. After leaving the RCM in 1928, Tippett
lived in Oxted, Surrey. Teaching French in a preparatory school and conducting
a concert and operatic society, he earned just enough to enable him to spend long
periods at composition.
April 1930 an Oxted concert featured his main works to date; but these he afterwards
withdrew. He then went for further lessons with R. O. Morris. These proved formative:
he developed special skills in counterpoint which propelled him towards the first
works of his creative maturity, his String Quartet No. 1 (1935; revised 1944)
and Piano Sonata No. 1 (1936-7).
during his student days and after, Tippett responded deeply to world events -
the First World War, the Depression and mass unemployment, children starving.
He became involved in political radicalism, organised the South London Orchestra
of Unemployed Musicians and directed two choirs sponsored by the Royal Arsenal
Co-operative Society. At the same time his aesthetic ideas had crystallised in
the course of several informal encounters with T. S. Eliot. The outcome of all
this was the oratorio A Child of Our Time (1939-41), an impassioned protest against
persecution and tyranny and now his most widely performed composition.
became musical director of Morley College in 1940 and remained there until 1951,
giving it a new lease of musical life. The college became the focal point of the
revival of Purcell's music; it also featured a lot of new music and upcoming artists
like Alfred Deller, Peter Pears and the Amadeus Quartet, who were later to achieve
worldwide fame. Meanwhile, in 1943, he was sentenced to three months' imprisonment
for refusing, as a pacifist, to comply with conditions of exemption from active
war service. He has remained committed to the pacifist cause.
leaving Morley College, Tippett devoted himself almost entirely to composition,
earning a small secondary income from radio talks. He completed his First Symphony
in 1945 and then embarked on his first opera, The Midsummer Marriage; like his
next three operas, it was first produced by the Royal Opera House, though they
have all been presented abroad. They have exerted a considerable influence upon
his subsequent symphonies, sonatas, concertos and quartets.
international reputation blossomed from his sixties onwards, partly through a
proliferation of recordings of his music. He is especially esteemed in America,
and some of his most significant works (such as his Fourth Symphony and The Mask
of Time) have been US commissions. Tippett has received many honours and awards;
he was made a CBE in 1959, was knighted in 1966, became a Companion of Honour
in 1979 and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1983; he is also one of the recipients
of the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
his eighties, Tippett remained exceptionally active, composing, conducting and
travelling worldwide. His fifth opera, New Year, commissioned jointly by Houston
Grand Opera, Glyndebourne and the BBC, received its premiere in 1989, was toured
all over the UK the following year and the BBC screened their own television production
in 1991. Immediately after the opera came Byzantium, for soprano and orchestra
(premiered in Chicago in 1991 and repeated the same year at the Proms) and a Fifth
String Quartet (1992).
of Tippett's ninetieth birthday in 1995 opened with the BBC Music Magazine issuing
a CD of Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4, played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted
by the composer. A month-long Tippett festival at the Barbican reached a climax
with the world premiere of his last major composition, The Rose Lake, given by
the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis. Subsequently, during a two-month
tour of the USA and Canada, Tippett heard this greatly acclaimed work performed
eleven times - in Boston (under Seiji Ozawa), Toronto (Andrew Davis) and Hartford
in 1995, following upon his autobiography, Those Twentieth Century Blues (1991),
there appeared his definitive collection of essays, Tippett on Music, and an idiosyncratic
contribution to the Purcell tercentenary celebrations, Caliban's Song, part of
a newly devised Tempest Suite commissioned by the BBC.
1996, Tippett moved from the isolated Wiltshire house in which he had lived for
over 25 years to South London. That year saw the third production of his opera
The Midsummer Marriage at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In November the
following year, the Stockholm Concert Hall mounted the largest retrospective ever
of Tippett's concert music. Sadly, the composer fell ill with pneumonia just after
arriving in Stockholm. Although he recovered sufficiently to be brought home,
he died there peacefully on January 8, 1998.
Flying High Many Years On
Winds seem to be blowing favourably these days for octogenarian actresses. Some,
I hear, are getting more offers for dates than they feel they can comfortably
manage. Anna Wing is not one of these - at 88, with a brisk mind and an optimistic
outlook, she is always available for what her agent and friend Sheila McIntosh
has just concluded a plum role as Mrs Grant in 'The Last Detective'. The week
before she had been doing three jobs at the same time and was ready for more if
needed. Today she blithely describes herself as a totally committed jobbing actress.
has five blossoming grandchildren and two sons with distinguished academic qualifications.
She lives alone in central London and she also has a flat in Brighton. Her big
break came through a smart bit of casting when the BBC gave her the role of matriarch
Lou Beale in 'EastEnders', a part she played for four years from 1984 to 1988.
11, with a firmness of resolve that characterised her adult life, Wing decided
that she was going to be an actress. She had seen John Gielgud at the Old Vic
and that convinced her that the only place for her was the stage. At 21 she found
a place at drama school and soon made an appearance in 'Mary Rose' in Oxted. She
then worked extensively in rep. Her professional CV lists 17 named appearances,
'The Last Detective' being the latest this year. As Miss Clarence in 'Blue Heart'
at the Duke of York's, she toured the provinces and America. She played notable
roles in 'Ladies in Retirement' and toured as Miss Holyrood in 'Bell, Book and
Candle' and the formidable crackpot clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's
'Blithe Spirit'. Among her movies were 'Sweet William' and '101 Dalmatians'. She
also figures in a list of top radio shows too numerous to mention.
she arrived at the Croydon School of Acting attached to the Croydon Theatre for
a one-year course, it so happened the leading man at the theatre was the handsome
young Michael Barry. He saw her rehearsing and approved. Better, he remembered
what he saw of Wing when he became head of the BBC drama department.
her year at the Croydon School she had to thank an unknown benefactor. It enabled
Anna to look after her parents and pay for her tuition. She went from Croydon
straight to her professional start at the Barn Theatre, Oxted.
1939, a seasoned trouper, she flew to an island in Scapa Flow to visit a boyfriend,
a sailor stationed there. On the way home war was declared on September 3rd and
she ended up in prison. She had landed in Aberdeen which was completely blacked
out and Wing did not know a soul. The police took her in charge and locked her
in a station cell for her own safety.
in the theatre dried up completely. She took an instructional course at Middlesex
Hospital as a nurse and volunteered for the Red Cross.
the war it was back to rep. at Guildford and Amersham, where she met and married
her first husband, a merchant navy lieutenant. There was another later but it
was a disappointment for them both and they parted amicably. She devoted herself
to her children and the theatre. They grew up and she never stopped working, keeping
her zest for life undimmed in the theatre for 69 years and counting.
The Stage, August 8, 2002