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Tag Archives: Peggy Ashcroft

Memories of British television director & producer June Wyndham Davies

Fascinating memories from retired British actress-turned television director and producer June Wyndham Davis. When I achieved my goal of directing a number of well-received television productions, I began to realise … Continue reading


Did You Know…? BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND… • 2006

Did you know that Terence Rattigan originally wanted Margaret Leighton or Celia Johnson to play the part of Hester Collyer in the first production of The Deep Blue Sea, a … Continue reading

06/04/2016 · Leave a comment

Blu-ray Review: The 39 Steps – The Criterion Collection

“What I liked about Thirty-Nine Steps were the sudden switches and the jumping from one situation to another with such rapidity… If I did The Thirty-Nine Steps again, I would … Continue reading

05/21/2016 · 1 Comment

Archive Feature • PAINFUL CLARITY • The Wild Duck • 2005

Non-seasonal tidings of discomfort and yawns after a Circle level endurance of The Wild Duck at the Donmar. Michael Grandage’s production has been widely praised, and I have great respect … Continue reading

02/10/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • PEGGY ASHCROFT • Much Ado About Nothing

‘[Sir John] Gielgud revived his own colourful, ingeniously designed 1949 production a year later, casting himself as Benedick to Peggy Ashcroft’s Beatrice. On the first night the pair drank a … Continue reading

01/23/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • Dame Peggy Ashcroft • Instinct

“Acting is a mysterious business, so complicated, so tender a subject, there are no rules, and I think one works instinctively.” Dame Peggy Ashcroft [1907-1991] New York Times’ obituary 15 June 1991. Originally … Continue reading

02/19/2013 · Leave a comment