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II: 1970 to 79
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"I have not done as much Shakespeare as I should have done. But I have done a few more than people know about.

When I was in my teens I did a Romeo straight out of RADA in a semi professional production and I really enjoyed that.

Before you know too much you can sometimes give the odd performance that is quite something. I really went for Romeo and felt at the time I'd really hit the part straight off."

-Alan Bates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


t i m e l i n e . I

This timeline shows Alan Bates's work in every medium, chronologically, so that we can study the flow among theatre, film and television, with a pleasant accumulation of radio and other audio projects.

Alan knew he wanted to be an actor from boyhood, when he appeared as Mercutio's page in a Derby Shakespeare Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet. Of his work, he said: "You keep trying to push your range ... I like to go as wide as it will go." One year out of RADA, he performed in a benchmark play of the 50's, John Osborne's Look Back in Anger; two years later, he was making his first film -- the classic The Entertainer. Each of Bates's following roles on stage and in film is significant -- by the end of the 60's, he had established himself as one of the finest actors of our time.

theatre film age television  other
 
1 9 5 0
 1955
You and Your Wife
Stage debut
Midland Theatre Co.,
Coventry
x  21  
1954-56
Royal Air Force
 1956-57
English Stage Company
Royal Court Theatre
5/8/56
Look Back in Anger
The Mulberry Bush
West End debut
The Crucible
Cards of Identity
The Country Wife
The Apollo de Bellac
Yes--And After
  1956
It's Never Too Late (uncredited cameo)
first appearance
in a film
22  
The Country Wife
7/57
Look Back in Anger
Moscow, World
Youth Festival
Look Back in Anger
Broadway
  23  
 10/58
Long Day's Journey
Into Night
West End
1959 Clarence
Derwent Award
  24
1 9 6 0
 4/27/60
The Caretaker
West End
1960
The Entertainer
Film debut
26
  1960
Othello
Caedmon audio
 
10/4/61
The Caretaker
Broadway
 
1961
Whistle Down
the Wind
27   1961
A Winter's Tale
Caedmon audio
1962
The Running Man

A Kind of Loving
28
 1963
The Caretaker
(The Guest, US title)
29
 1964
Poor Richard
Broadway
 1964
Nothing But the Best
30

 1964
Julius Caesar
Caedmon audio
1965
The Four Seasons
West End
 1965
Zorba the Greek

Georgy Girl
31
1966
Le roi de coeur
first film outside
British film industry

Far from the
Madding Crowd
first Hollywood film
32 . 9/28/66
A Hero of our Time
BBC
1967
Merry Wives of Windsor

Richard III
Stratford, Ontario
 1967
The Fixer
Academy Award
Nomination
33
1967
Babii Yar and
Other Poems
Caedmon audio
 c . this period
Hamlet
Nottingham and
West End
 
1968
Women in Love
34
In Celebration: Bates with
director Lindsay Anderson
1969
In Celebration
Royal Court Theatre
35

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