In 1945 Peter Daubeny, a one-armed ex-serviceman with a love of the theatre, mounted two productions in the West End. They were less than successful, yet he believed that he belonged in the theatre.
And he was right. Despite tremendous difficulties, Daubeny revolutionised British performance in the post-War decades.
Beginning with a year-long lease of the Cambridge Theatre in 1951-2, Daubeny brought a wealth of international performance to the London stage.
First he brought dancers from Spain, India and America.
Then he widened his focus to acting companies.
Altogether Daubeny brought to London a wide range of performers – from Russian and Japanese puppeteers to internationally renowned companies and directors. Most of all, he exposed London to a world of dramatic traditions and techniques.
But his ultimate achievement was the World Theatre Seasons at the Aldwych Theatre. It was here that he gave a platform to companies from Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
On this tour we see some of the theatres Daubeny used to stage many ground-breaking productions. We consider his triumphs, and his less successful moments, in his own words.
The tour is illustrated with readings from Daubeny’s reminiscences My World of Theatre. Published in 1971, they give a unique insight into London’s theatrical scene in the post-War decades.
Details – Peter Daubeny’s World of Theatre
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MEET: In front of the church of St Anselm and St Cecilia, Kingsway (turn left outside Holborn Underground Station)
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
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