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Alan Howard

( b. Aug 05, 1937 London, ENGLAND - d. Feb 14, 2015 London, ENGLAND ) Male
Also known as: Alan Mackenzie Howard [Birthname]
Relations: Nephew of Leslie Howard
Alan Howard was one of the most distinguished interpreters of Shakespeare's kings, and was celebrated, first for his 17-year run with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for a series of striking roles at the National Theatre throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

He began his career in 1958 at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, before making the jump to the West End -- soon he was embarking on his first major Shakespearean roles alongside the likes of Ralph Richardson and Judi Dench. He then joined the RSC in 1966, where as well as tackling formidable leads in Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra, he took on all of Shakespeare's kings, including two versions of Henry V.

After he left the RSC, with whom he also toured to the US, Australia, Japan and throughout Europe, there were other major Shakespeare parts like Macbeth and King Lear as well as a crack at Tom Stoppard's postmodern riff on the bard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Amid a series of major productions at the National Theatre and elsewhere, he variously appeared as blind prophet Tiresias opposite Ralph Fiennes in a stark take on Oedipus, played Vladimir in a Peter Hall-directed Waiting For Godot with Ben Kingsley, and performed in a stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage.

There were spells of TV and film work too, with his biggest on-screen role as the lover Michael in Peter Greenaway's film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover." A curio in his CV is that he played the voice of the ring in the "Lord of the Rings" saga. He was awarded a CBE in 1998.

Source: The Guardian obituary 

ProductionsDate of Productions
[Play, Play with music, Original]
  • Starring: Alan Howard [Halder]
Oct 13, 1982 - Jan 30, 1983
A Midsummer Night's Dream
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Alan Howard [Theseus, Oberon]
Jan 20, 1971 - Mar 13, 1971
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