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Mr. Rain has performed lead roles across the country but is probably best known for his four-decade association with the Stratford Festival where he has performed in a wide variety of productions from Michael Langham's celebrated Henry V in 1956 to the more recent leads in the premiere of Elliott Hayes' Homeward Bound (1991), Albert Millaire's production of Michel Tremblay's Bonjour, là, bonjour (1992) and as Shylock in the 95-96 production of The Merchant of Venice. In 1998 he played the lead in A Man For All Seasons, and received almost unanimously positive reviews.

He has also performed at the Shaw Festival notably in Arms and the Man and Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles.

He has also played at the Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre and was head of English acting section at the National Theatre School (1974-77).

(1951) He acted in George Devine's production of William Shakespeare's play, "The Comedy of Errors," at the Old Vic School Theatre in London, England with Prunella Scales CBE, Dame Joan Plowright CBE, Margaret Ashcroft, Yvonne Bonnamy, James Vowden, Jerome Willis, Patrick Wymark, Colin Jevans, Christopher Hancock, John Abineri, Rosalind Knight, Dilys Hamlett, Priscilla Morgan, Alan Dobie, Alan Spencer, Eric Thompson, Clive Revill, James Maxwell, and Donald Pickering in the cast. The crew included Richard Negri (technical designer) Caspar Wrede, Frank Dunlop, Christopher Morahan in the technical production. The faculty included Glyn Byam Shaw, Peter Streuli, Jani Strasser, Leslie Fyson, Norman Ayrton, and Margaret Harris.

(1951) He acted in Michel Saint Denis production of Act I of Frederico Garcia Lorca's play, "The House of Bernarda Alaba," at the Old Vic School Theatre in London, England with Prunella Scales CBE, Dame Joan Plowright CBE, Margaret Ashcroft, Yvonne Bonnamy, James Vowden, Jerome Willis, Patrick Wymark, Colin Jevans, Christopher Hancock, John Abineri, Rosalind Knight, Dilys Hamlett, Priscilla Morgan, Alan Dobie, Alan Spencer, Eric Thompson, Clive Revill, James Maxwell, and Donald Pickering in the cast. The crew included Richard Negri (technical designer) Caspar Wrede, Frank Dunlop, Christopher Morahan in the technical production. The faculty included Glyn Byam Shaw, Peter Streuli, Jani Strasser, Leslie Fyson, Norman Ayrton, and Margaret Harris.

(1951) He acted at the Old Vic School Show's "The Doctor's Duty, Sir John Vanbrugh's play, "A Journey to London," and "Fortunio's Song," (Program A) at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Abineri, Yvonne Bonnamy, Patrick Wymark, Prunella Scales CBE, Christopher Hancock, Colin Jevans, Dame Joan Plowright CBE, Rosalind Knight, Dilys Hamlett, Priscilla Morgan, Alan Dobie, Alan Spencer, Eric Thompson, Clive Revill, James Maxwell, Donald Pickering, Caspar Wrede, Frank Dunlop, Christopher Morahan, Richard Negri in the cast. The teaching staff included Glen Byam Shaw, Peter Streuli, Jane Strasser, Leslie Fyson, Norman Ayrton, and Margaret Harris in the school staff.

(Summer 1964) He acted in the Stratford Festival Canada in Stratford, Ontario, Canada with William Hutt, Len Cariou, John Colicos and Helen Burns in the cast.

(1970) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet", at the Thorndike Theatre in Leatherhead, Surrey, England with Michael York, Stephanie Bidmead, Deborah Grant, James Ottaway, Ian Ogilvy, Nicolas Chagrin, David Weston and John Gower in the cast. Joseph O'Conor was the director.

(1968-1969) He acted in Peter Luke's play, "Hadrian VII", at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England in 1968 and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England in 1969 with Oliver Ford Davies, Donald Eccles, Peggy Aitchison, Patrick McAlinney, Alec McCowen, Margaret Courtenay, Alan MacNaughtan, John Gay, Henry Knowles, Madeleine Newbury, Paul Daneman and Norman Wooland in the cast. Peter Dews was the director.

(1952-1953) He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Peter Finch, Claire Bloom, Alan Badel, Paul Rogers, Irene Worth, Robert Donat, Alexander Knox, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Laurence Payne, Robin Bailey, William Devlin, Jack May, Edgar Wreford, Richard Pasco, Daphne Heard, Phyllida Law, Andree Melly, Alan Dobie, James Maxwell and 'Eric Thompson (I)' (qv in the cast. 'Hugh Hunt' was the director.

The Broken Jug (1958). Comedy. Written by Heinrich von Kleist. Book adapted by Donald Harron. Incidental music by Louis Applebaum. Directed by Michael Langham. Phoenix Theatre: 1 Apr 1958- 13 Apr 1958 (12 performances). Cast: Eric Berry (as "Major Clovell"), Helen Burns (as "Jessie Gillick"), Douglas Campbell (as "Judge Adam"), Eric Christmas (as "Quant, constable"), Bill Cole (as "Solomon Doolittle"), Julian Flett (as "Abner Slee"), John Gardiner (as "Joseph Baggot"), Bruno Gerussi (as "Georges de Moulinville"), Amelia Hall (as "Bridget Turkeyfoot"), Diana Maddox (as "Margaret"), George McCowan (as "Humphrey, courier"), Ann Morrish (as "Eva Gillick"), Douglas Rain (as "Dermot Huish, Adam's clerk"), Powys Thomas (as "Achille de Moulinville"), Jeremy Wilkin (as "Sergeant"). Produced by The Phoenix Theatre (T. Edward Hambleton: Co-Founder and Managing Director. Norris Houghton: Co-Founder).

Two Gentlemen of Verona (1958). Comedy. Written by William Shakespeare. Featuring songs by Louis Applebaum. Dance arrangements by Tom Brown. Directed by Michael Langham. Phoenix Theatre: 18 Mar 1958- 20 Apr 1958 (28 performances). Cast: Eric Berry (as "Thurio"), Lloyd Bochner (as "Protheus, One of the Two Gentlemen"), Helen Burns (as "Lucetta/Lady"), Douglas Campbell (as "Duke of Milan, Father to Silvia"), Eric Christmas (as "Sir Eglamour") [Broadway debut], Bill Cole (as "Artist/Well-Bred Outlaw"), Julian Flett (as "Sailor/Flunkey"), John Gardiner (as "Well-Bred Outlaw/Sailor/Flunkey"), Bruno Gerussi (as "Launce, Servant to Protheus"), Amelia Hall (as "Hostess of the Inn/Lady"), Eric House (as "Valentine, One of the Two Gentlemen"), Diana Maddox (as "Silvia"), Roberta Maxwell (as "Ursula/Maid to Silvia"), George McCowan (as "Antonio/Father to Protheus/Low-class Brigand"), Ann Morrish (as "Julia"), Douglas Rain (as "Speed/Servant to Valentine"), Gladys Richards (as "Lady"), Lois Shaw (as "Lady"), Powys Thomas (as "Panthino/Servant to Antonio/Well-Bred Outlaw/Officer"), Jeremy Wilkin (as "Low-class Brigand/Officer/Sailor"). Produced by The Phoenix Theatre (T. Edward Hambleton: Co-Founder and Managing Director. Norris Houghton: Co-Founder).


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