His and John Wells' play, "Mrs. Wilson's Diary," was performed at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with Myvanwy Jenn, Bill Wallis, Howard Goorney, Nigel Hawthorne, and Bob Grant in the cast. Joan Littlewood was director.
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His life has frequently been marked by tragedy. His father died when he was age 16. All three of his brothers (two of them younger) have long since predeceased him. He has also been predeceased by two of his three children. Many of his colleagues at "Private Eye" magazine have also died relatively young, including Peter Cook, William Rushton, Paul Foot and John Wells.