Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Charles Dyer Biography (1928-)
Full name, Charles Raymond Dyer; born July 17, 1928, in Shrewsbury, England;son of James Sydney (an actor) and Florence (Stretton) Dyer; married Fiona Susan Thomson (an actress), July 7, 1959; children: John, Peter, Timothy. Addresses: HOME--Old Wob, Austenwood, Gerards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England.
- Birth Details
- July 17, 1928
- Shrewsbury, England
- STAGE DEBUT--Lord Harpenden, While the Sun Shines, New Theatre, Crewe, U.K., 1947.
- LONDON STAGE DEBUT--Duke, Worm's Eye View, Whitehall Theatre, 1947.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Turtle, Turtle in the Soup, Intimate Theatre, London, 1953.
- Flash Harry, Dry Rot, Whitehall Theatre, 1954.
- (as Raymond Dyer) hotel manager, Room for Two, Prince of Wales's Theatre,London, 1955.
- Syd Fish, Painted Sparrow, Opera House Theatre, Cork, Ireland, 1956.
- Percy, Rattle of a Simple Man, Garrick Theatre, London, 1963.
- Mickleby, Wanted--One Body!, Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, U.K., 1966.
- Also appeared as Launcelot Gobbo, The Merchant of Venice, London, 1954; Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Bromley, U.K., 1959; Viktor, Red Cabbages andKings, Portsmouth, U.K., 1960.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Director, Mother Adam, Arts Theatre, London, 1971, then Piccolo Theatre,Rotterdam, and Brakke Gronde Theatre, Amsterdam, both 1972, later with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., 1973.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Duke, Worm's Eye View, U.K. cities, 1948-50.
- Digger, The Hasty Heart, U.K. cities, 1950.
- Wilkie, No Trees in the Street, U.K. cities, 1951.
- Flash Harry, Dry Rot, U.K. cities, 1954.
- Viktor, Red Cabbages and Kings, U.K. cities, 1960.
- Also directed and appeared in Poison in Jest, U.K. cities, 1958-59.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Chalky, Rattle of a Simple Man, Elstree, 1964.
- man in photo booth, The Knack ... and How to Get It, United Artists, 1965.
- flappy trousered man, How I Won the War, United Artists, 1967.
- Also appeared in Cup-tie Honeymoon, Mancunian, 1948; Affairs of Adelaide(also known as Britannia Mews and Forbidden Street), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949; The Pickwick Papers, Renown, 1952; Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Continental, 1962; The Mouse on the Moon, United Artists, 1962; and in Road Sense, 1950; Off the Record, 1952; The Dockland Case, 1953; The Strange Case of Blondie, 1953; and Naval Patrol, 1959.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Hugh and I, BBC, 1965.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION WORK; SPECIALS
- Director, Wanted--One Body!, BBC, 1958.
- (As C. Raymond Dyer) Clubs Are Sometimes Trumps, Hippodrome Theatre, Wednesbury, U.K., 1948.
- (as C. Raymond Dyer) Who on Earth!, Q Theatre, London, 1951.
- (as C. Raymond Dyer) Turtle in the Soup, Intimate Theatre, London, 1953.
- The Jovial Parasite, Intimate Theatre, 1954.
- Single Ticket Mars, New Theatre, Bromley, U.K., 1955.
- Time, Murderer, Please, King's Theatre, Portsmouth, U.K., 1956, publishedby the English Theatre Guild, 1962.
- Wanted--One Body!, produced on a tour of U.K. cities, 1956, published bythe English Theatre Guild, 1961.
- Poison in Jest, Playhouse Theatre, Oxford, U.K., 1957.
- Prelude to Fury (and, as Charles Stretton, composed theme music), Intimate Theatre, 1959.
- (as R. Kraselchik) Red Cabbages and Kings (and, as Charles Stretton, composed theme music), King's Theatre, Southsea, U.K., 1960.
- Rattle of a Simple Man, Garrick Theatre, London, 1962, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 1963, published by Samuel French, Inc., 1963.
- (adaptor) Gorillas Drink Milk, produced in Coventry, U.K., 1964.
- Staircase, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1966, then Biltmore Theatre, New YorkCity, 1968, published by Penguin, 1966, then Grove, 1969.
- Mother Adam, Arts Theatre, London, 1971, published by Davis-Poynter, 1972.
- A Hot Godly Wind, produced by the British Youth Theatre, Manchester, U.K., 1975, published in Second Playbill 3, edited by Alan Durband, Hutchinson, 1973.
- Also wrote Loving Allelujah, 1978; Roundabout, 1979; L'Escalier, producedin Paris, 1982; Lovers Dancing, London, 1983; and Soto Scala, Rome, 1987.
- Rattle of a Simple Man, Elstree, 1964.
- Insurance, Italian Style, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.
- Staircase, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.
- Brother Sun and Sister Moon, Paramount, 1970.
- Wanted--One Body!, BBC, 1958.
- Rattle of a Simple Man (novel), Elek, 1964.
- Staircase (novel), Doubleday, 1969, and as Staircase; or Charlie Always Told Harry Almost Everything, W.H. Alden, 1969.
- The Writers Directory 1980-82, St. Martin's Press, 1979.
- Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 13: British Dramatists Since World War II, Gale, 1982.
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