The King’s Mare
After its tour dates, this show was due to open in the West End on 6th July 1966, but this was delayed by a fortnight when Glynis Johns suffered a fall.
Cast & Crew
|Anne of Cleves||Glynis Johns|
|Chancellor in Cleves||Blake Butler|
|Court Lady / [understudy] Anne of Cleves||Valerie Dunlop|
|Frau Schwartzenbrock||Sheila Burnette|
|Frau Willick||Mollie Maureen|
|Henry VIII||Keith Michell|
|Holbein / [understudy] Henry VIII||Roger Ostime|
|Kathryn Howard||Jane Merrow|
|Lady in Waiting||Vilma Stuttle|
|Court Lady / [understudy] Anne of Cleves (replacement)||Pamela Marwood
(started 19th September 1966)
|Adapted by||Anita Loos|
|Stage Manager||Barry Bushbridge|
Also produced under the title THE FLANDERS MARE.
My parents met while working on The King’s Mare at The Garrick Theatre. My Mother’s name was Vilma Stuttle, my Father’s name was Peter Reid. My Mum had a small part in the play (Lady in Waiting), but she was also understudy to another part. My Dad was working as a dresser, he was charged with the task of teaching Vilma how to sing and play the guitar, this was no mean feat, Vilma was tone deaf! I have publicity photographs of Vilma in costume, and a copy of the original Playbill as a memento. Imogen Reid (Vilma and Peter Reid’s daughter)
I have copies of the show’s programme and two gowns, worn by Keith Michell in the production – marked with his name. They are quite well worn – I think they did the ‘rounds’ of ‘am-dram’ before I got them. I am very interested in/a collector of anything related to Michell as Henry VIII.
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