Hall, N Vyvian

Hall, N Vyvian

Vyvian died on 2 June 1993.

He was a solo chorister in the College choir that visited Paris in 1935. He took prominent parts in the School Plays, playing Puck, Shylock and Ariel.

After leaving Hurst, Vyvian graduated with honours from the Fay Compton Drama School and started his acting career with the Canterbury Repertory Company. Essentially a character actor, he soon found his forte was playing older men. He also had a flair for Direction. He worked as both director and actor in most of the major UK repertory companies, including the Malvern Festival Company, for which he did many seasons in Bournemouth Torquay and the Isle of Wight, He also did a successful season at the Pitlochry Festival with John Quayle and Christopher Casenove in the company. His West End appearances included “The White Devil” with Robert Helpmann at the Duchess, and he directed and played a leading role in “My Wife’s Lodger” at the Comedy. He played Hywel Bennet’s “Grandad” in “A Smashinq Day” at the Arts, a leading part in “Hanky Park” at the Mermaid and a minor part in The Merry Widow” at the Cambridge with Lizabeth Webb. Vyvian scored a great success in the tour of Noel Coward’s “Quadrille” with Richard Todd and Margaret Lockwood, playing the eccentric hymn singing clergyman He seemed to play clerics with an expert air, maybe because his late beloved father was the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Barnes. One of Vyvian’s latter successes was playing a vicar in “Beyond a Joke” with Arthur Lowe. The play had a successful UK tour, followed by an extensive tour of New Zealand and Australia. His friendship with Arthur Lowe and his wife Joan Cooper, resulted in some of the happiest times in his career. Vyvian played Paravicini in “The Mousetrap” in Frankfurt in 1983 He was particularly proud of working with Cicely Courtnidge and her husband Jack Hulbert.

His TV appearances included the Sunday serial “Ballet Shoes” the drama to Encourage the Others”, “Potter’ and “Bless me, Father” with Arthur Lowe.

During his long career he worked with many well known names, especially in pantomime, such as Arthur Askey, Les Dawson, Leslie Crowther and Ken Dodd. He was widely respected and liked by everyone who knew him He loved his profession and was never really happy unless he was treading the boards or otherwise involved in the theater and with theatrical colleagues.

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