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Brewster Mason Biography (1922-1987)
Born August 30, 1922, in Kidsgrove, England; died after a fall while playingthe title role in Richard II, August 14, 1987; son of Jesse and Constance May(Kemp) Mason; married Lorna Whittaker (divorced); married Kate Meredith; children: (first marriage) one daughter.
- Birth Details
- August 30, 1922
- Kidsgrove, England
- STAGE DEBUT--Dick Dudgeon, The Devil's Disciple, Finsbury Park Open Air Theatre, 1947.
- LONDON DEBUT--Flight Sergeant John Nabb, An English Summer, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, 1948.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Sir Lewis Eliot, The Affair, Henry Miller's Theatre, September, 1962.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Caesar French, The King of Friday's Men, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1949.
- Polixenes, The Winter's Tale, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1951.
- Borachio, Much Ado about Nothing, Phoenix Theatre, 1952.
- Earl of Northumberland, Richard II, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, 1952.
- Sir Wilful Witwoud, The Way of the World, Bedemar, Venice Preserves, bothLyric Hammersmith Theatre, 1953.
- Earl of Northumberland, Richard II, Rhodes Centenary, Bulawayo, Rhodesia(now Zimbabwe), 1953.
- Dr. Farley, A Day by the Sea, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1954.
- Mr. Badger, Toad of Toad Hall, Prince's Theatre, London, 1954.
- David Bowman, Flowering Cherry, Haymarket Theatre, 1957.
- Victor Hodges, QC, Look on Tempests, Comedy Theatre, London, 1960.
- General Allenby, Ross, Haymarket Theatre, 1960.
- Also member of the Brighton Repertory Company, Brighton, U.K., 1948- 49.
- All with the Royal Shakespeare Company: Kent, King Lear, Aldwych Theatre,London, 1963; Earl of Warwick, The Wars of the Roses, Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., 1963, then Aldwych Theatre, 1964; Goldberg, The BirthdayParty, Aldwych Theatre, 1964; Antonio, The Merchant of Venice, Boyet, Love'sLabour's Lost, Alcibiades, Timon of Athens, Claudius, ghost, Hamlet, all Memorial Theatre, 1965; judge, The Government Inspector, Claudius, ghost, Hamlet, Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night, Menenius, Coriolanus, Lafeu, All's Well ThatEnds Well, Banquo, Macbeth, all Memorial Theatre, 1967, then Aldwych Theatre, 1968; Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir Tunbelly Clumsy, The Relapse, both Memorial Theatre, then Aldwych Theatre, 1968; title role, Julius Caesar, Memorial Theatre, 1968; Duke of Florence, Women Beware, Wolsey, Henry VIII, Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, all Memorial Theatre, 1969; Andrew Undershaft, Major Barbara, Wolsey, Henry VIII, both Memorial Theatre, then Aldwych Theatre, 1970; Othello, Memorial Theatre, 1971, then Aldwych Theatre, 1972; Falstaff, Henry IV, Parts I and II, The Merry Wives of Windsor, all Memorial Theatre, then Aldwych Theatre, 1976; Earl of Warwick, The Wars of the Roses, Memorial Theatre, 1984.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Menenius, Coriolanus, Lafeu, All's Well That End's Well, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Finland and Soviet cities, 1967.
- title role, Othello, RSC, Japan cities, 1972.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Directed three plays at the Monomoy Theatre, Cape Cod, MA, 1976-79.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- The Dam Busters, Warner Brothers, 1955.
- Private Potter, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES
- The Pallisers, BBC.
- Edward VIII, BBC.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- Variety, September, 2, 1987.