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John Neville Poster

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  • Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival in Canada from 1986 to 1989.
  • Portrayed Humbert Humbert in the musical Lolita, My Love (1971), written by John Barry and Alan Jay Lerner, which closed before its Broadway opening.
  • Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse from 1963 - 1966.
  • Artistic Director of the Citadel Theater, Edmonton, Canada from 1973 - 1978.
  • Artistic Director of the Neptune Theater, Halifax from 1978 - 1983.
  • Played Hamlet on Broadway in 1958, in a production which was broadcast on network television the following year.
  • His theatre credits include: Lewis, the Dauphin in "King John" by William Shakespeare , directed by Michael Benthall (Old Vic Theatre, London, 1953); Marc Antony in "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare , directed by Michael Benthall (Old Vic Theatre, London, 1955)
  • (1952) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure," at the Theatre Royal in Bristol, England with the Bristol Old Vic Company including Robert Eddison, Richard Wordsworth, Julian Slade, Margot Van Der Burgh, Kenneth Cope, Dorothy Reynolds, James Cairncross, Richard Gale, Kenneth Mackintosh, Norman Tyrrell, Norman Rossington, Pauline Jameson, and Antony Tuckey in the cast. Basil Coleman was director.
  • (November 1964) He acted in Moliere's play, "That Scoundrela Scapin," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with Ronald Magill, Margaret Rawlings, Christopher Hancock, and Jimmy Thompson in the cast. Richard Digby Day was director.
  • (November 1964) He acted in Sophocles' play, "Oedipus the King," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with John Neville OBE, Ronald Magill, Margaret Rawlings, Christopher Hancock, and Jimmy Thompson in the cast. Colin George was director.
  • (November 1964) He acted in Cottrell's translation of Georges Feydeau's play, "The Birdwatcher," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with Ursula Smith, Christopher Hancock, Gemma Jones, and John Tordoff in the cast. Ronald Magill was director.
  • (January 1965 - October 1965) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with Michael Craig, Gemma Jones, Ronald Magill, Christopher Hancock, John Tordoff, Ursula Smith, Alan Howard, Marian Forster, and Alfred Bell in the cast. He and Michael Rudman were directors.
  • (June 6, 1967) He acted in Gabriel Arout's translation and adaptation of Anton Chekhov's story, "Beware of the Dog," at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Ann Bell, Daphne Goddard, Dudley Jones and Geoffrey Whitehead in the cast. Noel Willman was director.
  • (January 1995) He acted in Michael Meyer's translation of August Strindberg's play, "The Dance of Death," at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with Gemma Jones in the cast. Peter Stormare was director.
  • (1960) He acted in Russell Braddon's play, "Naked Island," at the Arts Theatre Club in London, England with Charles Kay, Fulton MacKay, and Burt Kwouk in the cast.
  • (1964) He acted in Bill Naughton's play, "Alfie," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with Maggie McGrath, Ursula Smith, Maggie Jordan, Geraldine Moffatt, Gemma Jones, John Tordoff, and Alfred Bell in the cast. Donald McWhinnie was director.
  • (1951 - 1952) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in a Bristol Old Vic Company with Laurence Payne and Pamela Alan in the cast. Carey was director.
  • (1951 - 1952) She acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Irene Worth, Paul Rogers, Kenneth Griffith, Jill Balcon, Douglas Campbell, Coral Browne, Donald Wolfit, Alan Badel, Stephen Murray, Leo McKern, Andre Morrell, Richard Pasco, and Robert Shaw in the cast. Hugh Hunt was director.
  • (August 1956 - September 1956) He acted in the Old Vic Company production of William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," at the Opera House Theatre in Manchester, England with Paul Rogers, Claire Bloom, Charles Gray, Jeremy Brett, John Woodvine, Peter Bowles, Margaret Courtenay, and Wynne Clark in the cast. Robert Helpmann was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers and Claire Bloom in the cast. Robert Helpmann was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Troilus and Cressida," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Rosemary Harris, Wendy Hiller, and Charles Gray in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Richard Wordsworth, and Rosemary Harris in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Henry V," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Richard Burton and Zena Walker in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He played Iago and Othello in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello," at the Old Vic Theatre with Richard Burton (Othello/Iago), Rosemary Harris, and Wendy Hiller in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Winter's Tale," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, John Neville, Wendy Hiller, Charle Gray, and Zena Walker in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers and Charles Gray in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (August 1955 - September 1955) He played Marc Anthony in the Old Vic Company production of William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar," at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland with Paul Rogers (Brutus) John Woodvine, Charles Gray, Clifford Williams, Gerald Cross (Caesar), Rosemary Harris, Richard Wordsworth (Cassius), John Wood (Decius Brutus), Wendy Hiller (Portia), Margaret Courtenay and Annette Crosbie in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1955 - 1956) He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Richard Burton, Rosemary Harris, Wendy Hiller, Coral Browne, Charles Gray, Margaret Rawlings, Zena Walker, Richard Wordsworth, Claire Bloom, and Gerald Cross in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1954 - 1955) He acted in William Shakespeare's plays, "Henry IV, Part I," and "Henry IV, Part II," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Robert Hardy, Eric Porter, and Ann Todd in the cast. Douglas Seale was director.
  • (1954 - 1955) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Eric Porter and Virginia McKenna was director. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1954 - 1955) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Virginia McKenna, Paul Rogers, and Eric Porter in the cast. Robert Helpmann was director.
  • (1954 - 1955) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Love's Labour's Lost," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Eric Porter, and Ann Todd in the cast. Frith Banbury was director.
  • (1954 - 1955) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Ann Todd, and Eric Porter in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1954 - 1955) He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Ann Todd, Eric Porter, Virginia McKenna, Robert Hardy, and John Wood in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1953 - 1954) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "All's Well That Ends Well," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Hordern, Claire Bloom, and Fay Compton in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1953 - 1954) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King John," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Hordern, Richard Burton and Fay Compton in the cast. George Devine was director.
  • (1953 - 1954) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Hordern, Claire Bloom and Richard Burton in the cast. Carey was the director.
  • (1953 - 1954) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Hordern, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Robert Hardy in the cast. Robert Helpmann was the director.
  • (1953 - 1954) He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, John Neville, Michael Hordern, Fay Compton, Robert Hardy, and Paul Daneman in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1952 - 1953) He acted in the Bristol Old Vic Company production of William Shakespeare's play, "Henry V," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Patrick McGoohan in the cast. Carey was director.
  • (September 1957, December 1957, March 1958, April 1958, & June 1958) He played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Jack Gwillim, Coral Browne, Margaret Courtenay, Judi Dench, Derek Francis, John Humphry, Michael Culver, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, and James Culliford in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (September 1957) He played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in an Old Vic Company production at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside, England with Jack Gwillim, Coral Browne, Judi Dench, Derek Francis, John Humphry, David Dodimead, Daniel Thorndike, David Waller, Margaret Courtenay, Barry Ingham (Barrie), Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Michael Culver, Harold Innocent, Richard Gale, and Edward Hardwicke in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1957 - 1958) He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Coral Browne, Judi Dench, Tom Courtenay, Barbara Jefford, Derek Godfrey, Joyce Redman, Frankie Howerd, Harry Andrews, John Gielgud, Edith Evans, Paul Daneman, Paul Rogers, Robert Helpmann, Keith Michell, and Moira Shearer in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (1957 - 1958) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Barbara Jefford and Judi Dench in the cast. Webster was the director.
  • (1957 - 1958) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Barbara Jefford and Judi Dench in the cast. Michael Benthall was the director.
  • (March 18, 1958) He acted in a Private Royal Command Performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, for the Opening of the Old Vic Annexe at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with scenes from William Shakespeare's plays, "Henry IV Part II," "Hamlet," "Two Gentlemen of Verona," "The Taming of the Shrew," and "A Midsummer's Night Dream with Paul Rogers, Coral Browne, Judi Dench, Robert Helpmann, Barbara Jefford, Keith Michell, Frankie Howerd, and Moira Shearer in the cast. Michael Benthall was director.
  • (May 31, 1960) He directed William Shakespeare's play, "Henry V," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Donald Houston and Judi Dench in the cast.
  • (July 9, 1963) He acted in John Ford's play, "The Broken Heart," at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, Sussex, England with Laurence Olivier, Robert Lang, Joan Greenwood, Keith Michell, Peter Woodthorpe, Rosemary Harris, Fay Compton, and Alan Howard in the cast. Laurence Olivier was director. Roger Furse was designer.
  • (July 3, 1963) He acted in John Fletcher's play, "The Chances," in the first performance of the first season at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, Sussex, England with Rosemary Harris, Kathleen Harrison, Robert Lang, Keith Michell, and Joan Plowright in the cast. Laurence Olivier was director. Malcolm Pride was designer.
  • (1972) He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Doctor's Dilemma," in a Chichester Festival Production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, West Sussex, England with Robin Phillips, Joan Plowright, John Neville, Michael Aldridge, William Mervyn, John Clements, and Angela Richards in the cast. John Clements was director.
  • (1972) He acted in John Gay's play, "The Beggar's Opera," in a Chichester Festival Production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, West Sussex, England with Millicent Martin, Harold Innocent, Maggie Fitzgibbon, Charles Dance (was Wat Deary), David Rob, and Michael Aldridge in the cast. Robin Phillips was director.
  • (1965) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with Alan Howard, Judi Dench, Christopher Hancock, John Shrapnel, Edward Woodward, and Harold Innocent in the cast. John Neville and Michael Rudman were directors.
  • (1965) He and Michael Rudman directed William Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with Alan Howard, Judi Dench, Christopher Hancock, John Shrapnel, Edward Woodward, and Harold Innocent in the cast.
  • (December 1963) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Coriolanus," at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with Ian McKellen (played Tullus Aufidius), Leo McKern, James Cairncross, Christopher Hancock, Michael Crawford (played 2nd Citizen, 2nd Servingman), Roger Clissold, Dorothy Reynolds, and Richard Digby-Day in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.
  • (1961) He acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Lady From the Sea," at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Vanessa Redgrave (played Boletta), Margaret Leighton, Andrew Cruickshank, and Michael Gwynn in the cast. Glen Byam Shaw was director.
  • (1961) He acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Lady From the Sea," at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Vanessa Redgrave (played Boletta), Margaret Leighton, Andrew Cruickshank, Michael Gwynn, Richard Pasco, and Esmond Knight in the cast. Glen Byam Shaw was director.
  • (April 5, 1962) He acted in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The School for Scandal," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Ralph Richardson, Margaret Rutherford, Daniel Massey, Peter Barkworth, Malcolm Keen, Benjamin Whitrow, Anna Massey, and Meriel Forbes in the cast. John Gielgud was director.
  • (1967) He acted in the play, "Son Et Lumiere In St. Paul's," at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England with Ralph Richardson and Alec Guinness in the cast.
  • (1959) He acted in Harry Kurnitz's play, "Once More With Feeling," at the New Theatre in London, England with Dorothy Tutin and Martin Miller in the cast. Robert Morley was director.
  • (1968) He acted in Ross Taylor's musical, "Mr and Mrs." at the Palace Theatre in London, England with Honor Blackman, Hylda Baker, and Alan Breeze in the cast. Ross Taylor was also director.
  • (January 1977 - December 1977) He acted in the Repertoire Season at the National Theatre in London, England in Odon Von Horvath and Christopher Hampton's play, "Tales from the Vienna Woods;" Edward Albee's play, "Counting the Ways;" Thomas Bernhard's play, "The Force of Habit;" Carlo Goldoni's play, "Il Campiello;" Christopher Marlowe's play, "Tamburlaine the Great;" Tom Stoppard's play, "Jumpers;" Noel Coward's play, "Blithe Spirit;" John Millington Synge's play, "Playboy of the Western World;" Harold Pinter's play, "No Man's Land;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet," "Julius Caesar;" Ben Jonson's play, "Volpone;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Bedroom Farce;" Harley Granville Barker's play, "The Madras House;" Robert Bolt's play, "The State of Revolution;" Sean O'Casey's play, "The Plough and the Stars;" Samuel Beckett's play, "Happy Days;" play, "The Passion;" play, "Sir is Winning;" play, "Judgement;" Georges Feydeau's play, "The Lady from Maxim's;" William Wycherley's play, "The Country Wife;" Julian Mitchell's play, "Half-Life;" John MacKendrick's play, "Lavender Blue;" Ferenc Molnar and Frank Marcus's play, "The Guardsman;" play, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;" Victor Hugo's play, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame; James Kirkup's play, "The Magic Drum" (produced by Phoenix Theatre of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England); Ben Jonson's play, "Devil is an Ass" and William Shakespeare's play, "Measure for Measure," (produced by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham, West Midlands, England); play, "Nas Palabras," (produced by the Nuria Espert Company); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's musical, "Don Giovanni" (produced by the Glyndebourne Opera in Glyndebourne, Wales); Franz Kafka's play, "The Metamorphosis," and Edgar Allen Poe's play, "The Fall of the House of Usher" (produced by the London Theatre Group of London, England); play "Babel's Dancer" (produced by Moving Being Company); William Shakespeare's play, "Richard III Part II and the play, "Motocar" (produced by Paine's Plough Company) and Halleschen Uber company of West Berlin, West Gergmany; with Paul Scofield, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Albert Finney, Peggy Ashcroft, Diana Rigg, Ben Kingsley, Brian Cox, Denis Quilley, Barbara Jefford, Stephen Rea, J.G. Devlin, Beryl Reid, Elizabeth Spriggs, Ian Charleson, Joss Ackland, Cyril Cusack, Susan Fleetwood, Warren Clarke, Ronald Pickup, Tom Wilkinson, Brian Blessed, Brenda Blethyn, Michael Bryant, Kenneth Cranham, Joan Hickson, Richard Johnson, Sara Kestelman, Susan Littler, Elspeth March, Michael Medwin, Stephen Moore, John Normington, Kate Nelligan, Hugh Paddick, Paul Rogers, Jane Asher, Tony Haygarth, Fulton Mackay, Dinah Stabb, Maria Aitken, Sylvia Coleridge, Oliver Cotton, Robert Eddison, Julian Glover, Michael Gough, Michael Kitchen, Peggy Mount, Ann Way, Brenda Fricker, Christopher Good, Edward Hardwicke, Isabel Dean, Richard Pearson, and Robin Bailey in the cast.
  • (1970) He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Apple Cart," at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with Carmen Munroe, Ken Parry, Ian Lavender, Maurice Denham, and Gillian Raine in the cast.
  • (January 1990-October 1990; December 1990-January 1991) He acted in the Royal National Theatre Season at the Laurence Olivier Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, and Lyttelton Theatre in London, England in Henrik Ibsen's play, "Peer Gynt;" Tony Harrison's play,"The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus;" Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Good Person of Sichuan;" Martin Sherman's play, "Bent;" Stephen Sondheim's musical, "Sunday in the Park with George;" Anthony Minghella's play, "Whale;" Georges Farquhar, "The Beaux Stratagem," David Hare's play, "Racing Demon;" August Wilson's play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom;" Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, "The School for Scandal;" Jean Racine's play, "Berenice;" Moliere's play, "Tartuffe;" "Abingdon Square;" Arthur Miller's plays, "After the Fall;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet," "Richard III," and "Hamlet" (Bulandra Theatre); Terry Johnson's play, "Piano;" Brian Friel's play, "Dancing at Lughnasa;" Athol Fugard's play, "My Children, My Africa" (Market Theatre); Paul Godfrey's play, "One in a While The Odd Thing Happens;" Kenneth Grahame and Alan Bennett's play, "The Wind in the Willows;" Robert Lepage's play, "Tectonic Plates;" Dario Fo's play, "Accidental Death of an Anarchist;" and David Edgar's play, "The Shape of the Table;" with Annabelle Apsion, Jane Asher, Sheila Ballantine, David Bamber, Keith Bartlett, Lois Baxter, Duncan Bell, Stephen Bent, Brenda Blethyn, Richard Bonneville, Stephen Boxer, David Bradley, Elizabeth Bradley, Brid Brennan, Richard Briers, Michael Bryant, Suzanne Burden, David Burke, Ion Caramitru, Michael Cashman, Tom Chadbon, Maria Charles, Trevor Cooper, Allan Corduner, Oliver Cotton, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Neil Daglish, Nyree Dawn Porter, Stephen Dillane, Anthony Douse, Lindsay Duncan, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Eddison, Susan Engel, Oliver Ford Davies, Julia Ford, Maria Friedman, Lisa Fugard, Sean Gascoigne, Brian Glover, Stella Gonet, Henry Goodman, Jane Gurnett, Garrick Hagon, David Haig, Janet Henfrey, Guy Henry, Clare Higgins, Clare Holman, Harold Innocent, Peter Jeffrey, Hakeem Kae Kazim, John Kani, Ayub Khan Din, Adam Kotz, James Laurenson, Barbara Leigh Hunt, Alfred Lynch, Sara Mair Thomas, Michael Maloney, Eve Matheson, Alec McCowen, Ian McKellen, John Matschikitza, Stephen Moore, David Morrissey, John Normington, John Nettleton, Jeremy Northam, Richard O'Callaghan, Richard Pasco, Bill Paterson, Clarke Peters, Pete Postlethwaite, Bruce Purchase, Hugh Quarshie, Philip Quast, Pearce Quigley, Denis Quilley, Oscar Quitak, Gary Raymond, Stephen Rea, Joyce Redman, Paul Rhys, Griff Rhys Jones, Terence Rigby, Barrie Rutter, Prunella Scales, Rapulana Seiphemo, Fiona Shaw, Paul Shelley, Jack Shepherd, Josette Simon, Malcolm Sinclair, Maggie Steed, Mark Strong, Meera Syal, Owen Teale, Bridget Turner, Philip Voss, Zoe Wanamaker, Toyah Wilcox, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Emil Wolk, and Albie Woodington in the company.

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