Some of the great stage names who had trod its boards include John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Donald Wolfit
, Rex Harrison and Margot Fonteyn.
And maybe he is -- although it's possible that Mandy is his tribute to how an American version of Sir Donald Wolfit
might play Titus Andronicus.
Gielgud and Olivier, Ashcroft, Wolfit
, Scofield and others used R.P.
I was one of a group of 16 to17-year-old students from local high schools who regularly paid around 1/6d to perch in 'the gods' and enjoy West End-quality touring companies presenting a range of modern plays and the occasional Shakespearean production - usually Donald Wolfit
presenting that year's set book for the Welsh O-levels.
A second season of World Theatre followed in 1959, including two 59 Theatre productions by Caspar Wrede and Michael Elliott that had originated on stage at the Lyric, Hammersmith--Ibsen's Brand and Georg Buchner's Danton's Death--as well as Donald Wolfit
as Jonson's Volpone, and Flora Robson in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage.
Baker, Monty Berman, director: Henry Cass, writing credits: Jimmy Sangster, cinematography: Monty Berman, film editing: Douglas Myers, make-up: Jimmy Evans, set decoration: John Elphick, music: Stanley Black, cast: Donald Wolfit
, Vincent Ball, Barbara Shelley, Victor Maddern, William Devlin, Andrew Faulds, John Le Mesurier, Bryan Coleman, Cameron Hall; It!
At the Palace Theatre, Newcastle, for example, there was "girls, glamour and gaiety", while at the Theatre Royal, Donald Wolfit
and his "famous company"were staging a production of Macbeth.
IN THE FILM "Lawrence of Arabia," Sir Donald Wolfit
, playing the acerbic General Murray, remarks that, in light of the panorama of the World War, fighting the Turks in the Arabian Desert is no more than "a sideshow of a sideshow."
LY: And as for writing funny, Sir Donald Wolfit
, a British actor and director, reportedly said on his deathbed, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard."
The 1936 production--directed by John Wyse, starring Peter Glenville (Caesar), Donald Wolfit
(Cassius), James Dale (Brutus), Donald Eccles and Trevor Howard (Octavius Caesar, Cinna)--was notable for restoring the original text of Shakespeare, but proved highly traditional in its use of costume and design, as well as in its approach to the play's exploration of tyrannicide.
To where did the Royal Military College move character assumed to be Sir Donald Wolfit
? in 1813 from Great Marlow?