(standing) as Iago with Anew McMaster as Othello
"I toured Ireland with Mac for about two years
in the early 1950s. He advertised in The Stage for actors for
a Shakespeare tour of the country. I sent him a photograph and
went to see him in a flat near Willesden Junction [...] He offered
me six pounds a week, said I could get digs for twenty-five shillings
at the most, told me how cheap cigarettes were and that I could
play Horatio, Bassanio and Cassio. It was my first proper job
on the stage."
Harold Pinter, 'Mac' in Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics
1948 - 1998, Faber and Faber, 1998, p27.
"We played in Cork in a theatre that burned down,
called the Cork Opera House, a wonderful theatre. It had a backstage
bar, so actors could pop in and have a drink while the show was
running. We were doing Lady Windermere's Fan, and I was playing
Lord Windermere. Joe Nolan came on one night wearing a top hat,
tails, white tie, monocle, cloak and carrying a silver walking
stick; in other words, dressed to the nines. He walked up to me
on stage, in front of the full house, and said in a very, very
quiet voice, under his breath, "I'm totally pissed, say something!"
I said, "Ah! Lord whatever-his-name-was, you've been I should
imagine to the Garrick." Harold Pinter to Mel Gussow, Conversations
with Pinter, Nick Hern, 1994, p.110.