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Hilton Edwards

Hilton Edwards
Hilton Edwards
Hilton Edwards & Michael MacLiamoir

Hilton Edwards’s obituary from the 1982 ‘New York Times’.

Hilton Edwards who founded the famed Gate Theatre innDublin with Micheal MacLiammoir in 1928, died Thursday in a Dublin hospital. He was 79 years old.

Mr. Edwards, who was born in London, produced and directed more than 300 plays at the Gate, ranging from the works of Aeschylus and Sophocles, Goethe and Ibsen to the comedies of Shaw and Sheridan and new Irish plays, by such authors as W.B. Yeats, Brian Friel and Mr. MacLiammoir.

As an actor Mr. Edwards played leading parts, including the title roles in ”Peer Gynt,” ”Cyrano de Bergerac” and ”Macbeth” and Sheridan Whiteside in ”The Man Who Came To Dinner.” On Broadway in 1966, Mr. Edwards directed Mr. Friel’s ”Philadelphia, Here I Come!” and ”The Loves of Cass McGuire.”

He began his career acting with the Charles Doran Shakespeare Company in 1920 in Windsor and then joined the Old Vic in London, playing in all but two of Shakespeare’s plays before leaving the company a few years later. Trained in music, he also sang baritone roles with the Old Vic Opera company. Ireland for a Season

After touring with various companies in Britain and South Africa, he went to Ireland in 1927 for a season with Anew McMaster’s company and met Mr. McMaster’s brother-in-law, Micheal Mac@Liammoir. As he told an interviewer once, both men wanted a theater of their own; Mr. MacLiammoir wanted it to be in Ireland and Mr. Edwards did not care. ”I don’t care about nationalism, I care about the theater,” he said.

The two men’s talents were complementary. Mr. MacLiammoir was an actor, designer and writer; Mr. Edwards a director, actor, producer and lighting designer.



Anyone who knows me are aware that I am a bit of a movie buff. Over the past few years I have been collecting signed photographs of my favourite actors.

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