Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Michael Bogdanov in Leicester

Photo © David Hallam-Jones

I was sorry to hear of the death of the theatre director Michael Bogdanov.

Back in the 1970s he was the artistic director of Leicester's Phoenix theatre. (That's the old Phoenix, shown in the photograph above,)

He was kind enough to put a season of three Shakespeare plays under the title He That Plays the King.

As these included both plays I was studying for A level - Hamlet and The Tempest - I saw both those productions. Bill Wallis, whom I knew chiefly from the satirical Radio 4 programme Week Ending, played both Hamlet and Prospero.

He also played Richard III in the play I did not see,

1 comment:

David Bertram said...

I did not know Bill Wallis was so distinguished. I too recall him from Week Ending and also as the 'other' character in the 'Ivor Cutler Meets A....' series and, of course, as the British spy in General Hospital in Blackadder Goes Forth. Missed.

My A level plays in '82 were The Winter's Tale and Anthony & Cleopatra. We clearly had a 'lighter' Board than you!