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Cyril Ritchard Edit Profile

actor , director.

Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor, director. Recipient Tony Award American Theatre Wing, 1954.

Background

Ritchard, Cyril was born on December 1, 1898 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Son of Herbert and Margaret (Collins) Trimmell-Ritchard.

Education

Student St. Aloysius College and University of Sydney.

Career

. State debut, Australia, 1917, appearing in various mus. comedies, 1917-1924. New York City debut in Puzzles of 1925. London debut, 1925, in various prodns. including Chariot’s Revue (1930), 1925-1931.

Actor, dancer, director mus. comedies, including Roberta, The Gay Divorcee, in Australia, 1932-1936. In London, 1936-1943, leading role in revue Nine Sharp (1938). Producer New Ambassadors Revue, 1941, star in Big Top, 1942, Importance of Being Earnest, 1942, The Merry Widow, 1942.

Toured in The Merry Widow in several countries to entertain Armed Forces, 1943-1945. Director, star Gay Rosalinda, London, 1945, Noel Coward plays, Sydney, 1946. The Relapse, London, 1947, 48, New York C., 1950.

In Love for Love (with John Gielgud), New York City, 1947, Make Way for Lucia, New York City, 1948, Ann Veronica, 1949, The Schoolmistress, 1950 (both London), The Millionairess (with Katharine Hepburn), London and New York City, 1952, The Pleasure of His Company (with Cornelia Otis Skinner), New York City, 1958-1959, Australia, 1960, Happiest Girl in the World, New York City, 1961. Director Buy Me Blue Ribbons, 1952, Jane, 1952. Director comedy sketches in John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, 1953, Missalliance, 1953, The Heavenly Twins (comedy), 1955, The Reluctant Debutante, 1956-1957, also (Metropolitan Opera prodns.) The Barber of Seville, 1954, Les Contes dHoffman, 1956, La Perichole (role of the Viceroy), Gipsy Baron.

Played role of Captain Hook (in mus. version of Peter Pan), 1954. Star Rosalinda (Civic Light Opera Company production), Los Angeles and San Francisco, 1955. Director, singer, La Perichole (Metropolitan Opera production), 1956.

Leading role in Visit to a Small Planet, New York City, 1957. Romulus, 1961; staged and appeared in The Irregular Verb To Love, 1963. Star of musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, Broadway, 1965, Sugar, 1973.

Star of Lock Up Your Daughters (Florida), 1968, Rosalinda (San Francisco and Los Angeles), 1968, (with Cornelia Otis Skinner) Halfway Up A Tree, 1969. Director The Jockey Club Stakes, New York City, 1973. First appeared in motion pictures, 1929.

On television in programs including the Milton Berle Show, Mr. Peepers; starred in The Good Fairy, Rosalinda, Jack and the Beanstalk, 1956. In La Perichole, 1958.

As Captain Hook (Peter Pan), 1955, 56. Film Half a Sixpence, 1967. Director Midwummer Nights Dream, Stratford, Connecticut, 1967.

Director, co-star Devil’s Disciple, Stratford, 1969. Co-star Sugar, 1969, A Musical Jubilee, 1975-1976.

Connections

Married Madge Elliott, 1935 (deceased.

father:
Herbert Trimmell-Ritchard

mother:
Margaret (Collins) Trimmell-Ritchard

spouse:
Madge Elliott