Theatre Royal Haymarket

1960’s – Louis I Michaels

Louis I Michaels : 1960’s to 1980’s

By the 1960’s, the Theatre Royal Haymarket had become known as the home of the Classic plays and star-casts, as Louis Michaels and Producer Duncan Weldon brought in a host of major productions typified by N C Hunter’s ‘Waters of the Moon’, starring Ingrid Bergman.

When Louis Michaels died in 1981, Arnold M. Crook, the present Chairman of the Company, took over, working with Duncan Weldon to continue this policy. Maggie Smith in ‘The Way of the World’, Peter O’Toole in ‘Man and Superman’, Vanessa Redgrave in ‘Orpheus Descending’, are just a few productions to have sparkled on the Haymarket stage in those years. The Theatre is still owned by Louis I Michaels Ltd and overseen by the Chairman, Arnold M. Crook.

And then of course there are the Americans, Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Jack Lemmon, Omar Sheriff, Christopher Reeve all of whom crossed the Atlantic to play in notable revivals of great plays.

Rex Harrison playing opposite Claudette Colbert in ‘Aren’t We All’, Edward Fox in ‘The Admiral Crichton’ with Harrison sadly in his last role at the Haymarket. Derek Jacobi as Alan Turing in the wonderful ‘Breaking the Code’. Jacobi as Thomas a Beckett opposite Robert Lindsay in Anouuilh’s ‘Becket’. Penelope Keith in Rattigan’s ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘Hobson’s Choice’. Robert Lindsay then returned to play the swashbuckling hero Cyrano de Bergerac and it is worth noting that HRH Queen Elizabeth II came to see this production together with members of the Royal Family to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of her ascension to the Throne.

Did you know? The Theatre Royal Haymarket Archive documents the fascinating history of the theatre. To find out more, click here

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