91 year-old former actor gets a blast from the past at the Belgrade Theatre
Ninety-one year old former actor, Hubert Warren got a blast from the past when he met the cast of psychological thriller, Night Must Fall during its run at the Belgrade Theatre last week.
Having played the role of ‘Dan’ in a touring production of this classic play 70 years ago, Mr Warren was keen to see the show at the Belgrade Theatre and to meet actor Will Featherstone, who is now following in his footsteps in this brand new UK tour.
Hubert Warren used to be a touring actor in a repertory company and learnt his craft during the war years with the RAF, under the leadership of Ralph Reader. In 1946, Hubert toured the Middle East for 18 months with Night Must Fall playing ‘Dan’, during which time he met the playwright, Emlyn Williams who came out to Port Said whilst the play was in Egypt.
Hubert was interested in the theatre from an early age and has in his possession a copy of the magazine, Theatre World from September 1935 which he brought along to show the cast. This particular issue reviewed the very first production of Night Must Fall at the Duchess Theatre and features photos of the cast which included Dame May Whitty in the role of Mrs Bransom.
Mr Warren said, “It was in the Middle East where I played the role of Dan and it was the best part of my theatrical life. I had directed it a few times in amateur companies and I still have the script now! The last time I saw Night Must Fall was in Cairo at the Garrison Theatre In 1946 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanted to meet Will to share what we both think about the play, the script, our parts – he is the latest to join a very long line of film and theatre stars to play the role of Dan in Night Must Fall.”
Night Must Fall continues at Malvern Theatre 4-8 October