Lebrecht April 2010 Newsletter – Stage and Screen

Theatrical nostalgia is the flavour of this month for everyone at Lebrecht. We are very honoured to announce that we now represent the Gwen Watford collection of actors and actresses. This collection spans the late 19th century through to the 1950s and covers English, French, German and American stars of the stage. The great English actors are all covered in this unique archive: John Gielgud, Edith Evans, Laurence Olivier, Matheson Lang, John Barrymore, Peggy Ashcroft, Sybil Thorndike, Ralph Richardson, Donald Sinden, Coral Browne, Abraham Sofaer. This archive joins the extensive coverage that we already have of early and late twentieth century international actors.

Gwen Watford was a world class English actress famous for her film and stage roles. Her debut film role was Lady Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher (1949). Notable stage roles included Ugo Betti’s The Queen and the Rebels at the Haymarket, London in 1955, Schiller’s Mary Stuart at the Old Vic Theatre, Christopher Hampton’s When Did You Last See My Mother? (1966) at the Royal Court Theatre, London, Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at the Vaudeville Theatre and she won a SWET award for her performance as the managerial secretary to Donald Sinden’s matinee idol. She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1982. She also appeared in the early days of television drama when superb writers like David Mercer, James Saunders, David Hare, Willis Hall, Hugh Leonard and Roy Minton were supplying the tv scripts and the actors were performing ‘live’ so that the tension of the theatre was almost replicated on the television screens at home. As well as being nominated in 1969, Gwen Watford was the winner of the Best Actress award at the BAFTAs in 1958 and 1965.

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