(George) Emlyn Williams

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Theater

  • (1905 - 87) Welsh playwright and director, who also madea reputation as a leading character actor. He made his acting debutin London in 1927 and produced his first work for the stage, AMurder Has Been Arranged, in 1930. Three years later he adaptedFauchois's Prenez-garde à la peinture as The LateChristopher Bean, which ran for more than a year with Edith Evansin the lead role.

    Williams's first great hit as both actor and playwright camein 1935 in London with the thriller Night Must Fall. Othersuccessful roles included Angelo in Measure for Measure (1937)and Sir Robert Morton in Rattigan's The Winslow Boy (1946).He also gave outstanding performances in his own works, particularlyThe Corn is Green (1938), in which he played a young Welshminer.

    In 1962 Williams replaced Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas Morein the US production of Bolt's A Man for All Seasons. In the1950s he toured widely in a one-man show in which he played the roleof Charles Dickens. He followed this with A Boy Growing Up(1955), a sequence of readings from the works of Dylan Thomas.

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