Roy Kinnear, the ever popular comic actor who lit up every production he was in

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Between the 1950s and the end of the 1980s the lovable comic actor, Roy Kinnear was barely off our screens. Whether appearing in the BBC’s The Dick Emery Show or the ITV sitcom, Cowboys, Roy was a regular on British television. His outstanding popularity also led to a wealth of supporting actor roles on stage and in countless international feature films. Tragically, Roy was taken from us at an early age following an accident while filming The Return of the Musketeers in Spain in 1989. Continue reading “Roy Kinnear, the ever popular comic actor who lit up every production he was in”

Anthony Quayle, the supporting actor who led from the front

chin-chin-programme-03c-aq-portrait-tuWhen I think back and try to work out a personal short list of the greatest British films of the twentieth century and the directors and performers that made them special there’s quite a few names that keep cropping up. Lewis Gilbert, David Lean, Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, the list is almost endless. But if I had to pick one, someone who was an all-rounder, someone who has written, directed and performed on stage, on both the big and small screens, someone who became the backbone of British film and theatre, then there would be few who could claim to have the same résumé as the late Sir Anthony Quayle. Continue reading “Anthony Quayle, the supporting actor who led from the front”

Delving into Delfont-Mackintosh’s extensive theatre archives unearths some treasures for our new documentary

2016-08-30-15-22-17We’ve been delving into the Delfont-Mackintosh archives to find material for inclusion in our new documentary, STAGE DIRECTION, featuring Anthony Quayle and Roy Kinnear. Delfont-Mackintosh operate eight West End theatres and their chief archivist, Rosy Runciman, has opened our eyes to an Aladdin’s cave of rare and intriguing material. Continue reading “Delving into Delfont-Mackintosh’s extensive theatre archives unearths some treasures for our new documentary”

Filming behind the scenes of the magical Noel Coward Theatre

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In preparation for our latest production, STAGE DIRECTION, we were given unique access by Delfont-Mackintosh to the Noel Coward Theatre to film behind the scenes and gather some great background footage.  Here’s a short compilation that visits the incredibly ornate auditorium and explores the extensive stage area. Continue reading “Filming behind the scenes of the magical Noel Coward Theatre”

The wonderful Jenny Quayle records contribution for ‘STAGE DIRECTION’

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WE’RE DELIGHTED that acclaimed actress, Jenny Quayle agreed to get involved with our new documentary, STAGE DIRECTION. Recently, we spent a wonderful afternoon recording her contributions, which included touching personal insights into her father’s career and working with their great friend, Roy Kinnear.   Continue reading “The wonderful Jenny Quayle records contribution for ‘STAGE DIRECTION’”