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Many Moons and a few stars

By Leonard White

220 pages, 134mm x 197mm, softback.


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This book takes us through the first thirty or so years of the life of Leonard White, later to become a renowned director and producer, but first a council-schoolboy, sometime newspaper-boy, bookie’s clerk, shipping agents’ penpusher, and then, against his will, involved in theatre. Remarkably, however, a very fine teacher changed all that. From then on he only wanted to be an actor, and he set his sights...

He failed to win a Leverholme Scholarship at RADA but was a finalist. That confirmed his efforts. He was fortunate in getting excellent training with work on high quality drama in Repertory in London, only halted (or nearly so) by the second World War call-up.

He wanted to be an airman, but was refused a transfer from the infantry, fortuitously, as it turned out. For the last part of his six years service, remarkably, he was in a Play Unit, run by the War Office no less! Theatre in Battledress.

And what a cast he joined.

On ‘demob’, he went straight into the first Festival Company at Stratford upon Avon, after the war (1946), there under the influence of such as Peter Brook, Michael Macowan, Paul Scofield, Nugent Monck, Robert Harris and many more...

Success followed in London’s West End, in New York, and touring in the USA, working with Tyrone Guthrie, Margaret Rawlings, Mai Zetterling, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Helpman, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Patrick Macnee, Claire Bloom, Michael Redgrave, Michael Macown, Norris Houghton (USA), Lucille Lortel (USA), and notably, with an exceptional work by Christopher Fry. A very special experience which proved to be a watershed in Leonard’s career...