Tuesday, 10 August 2010


This was TP's second West End appearance following his debut in 'Stephen D' at the St.Martin's Theatre. With Liz Fraser he joined the cast replacing Kenneth Haigh (who was leaving for a production on Broadway) in the role of the burglar and managed to make his own mark in the role.

For TP this was a very enjoyable run. Firstly, there was the attraction of the Garrick Theatre on Charing Cross Road, always considered a comfortable theatre by actors, then there was the opportunity to work with George Cole, James Bolam and the great Alastair Sim, whom he would watch very closely from the wings.

At this time he would also make the acquaintance of Beryl Reid and Eileen Atkins who were then appearing in The Killing of Sister George at the Duke of York's on St.Martin's Lane. The two theatres backed on to each other and their dressing rooms were grouped around a common court yard across which the members of the two companies would exchange pre-show banter.

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