He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Stephen Murray, Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, and Anthony Quayle in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.
Sir Robert Helpmann
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Theatre remains the only thing I understand. It is in the community of the theatre that I have my being. In spite of jealousies and fears, emotional conflicts and human tensions; in spite of the penalty of success and the dread of failure; in spite of tears and feverish gaiety -- this is the only life I know. It is the life I love.
Was nearly killed during the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when the carriage that he was driving spun out of control and turned over. Thanks to his dancer's reflexes, he was able to leap off of the moving wheel and land safely on his feet.