Margaret Inglis

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Margaret Inglis (Peggy). (1912-2010) Internationally renowned actress and director.

Biography

She was married to Stuart Leith and their son James Leith also acted. After Stuart's death she married Robert Langford and together they founded a new company.

She died in 2010 at the age of 98.

Training

Career

Margaret acted for and directed a number of plays for the East Rand Theatre Club, Brian Brooke Company, and the National Theatre Organisation.

Formed a Company with Nan Munro, the Munro-Inglis Company in 1944.

In the mid-1960’s she and Robert Langford had a joint company (the Langford-Inglis Company) which worked in South Africa, doing for example Coward’s Private Lives (196*), Charles Dyer’s Staircase (1967).

She returned to England in 1977 to continue there with her illustrious career. In 1986 she returned to South Africa for a brief stint to do Tom and Viv at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town - a production dedicated to the memory of Rosalie van der Gucht.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

As actress

Margaret performed in Six Characters in Search of an Author and Kaufmann and Hart’s The Man Who Came to Dinner for the REPS in 1941, Blithe Spirit and My Sister Eileen in 1944, The Lady's not for Burning by Christopher Fry which was staged by the University Players in 1951, Much Ado about Nothing, which was the inaugural production for the new Reps Theatre which opened in November 1951, Leon Gluckman directed and co-starred opposite Margaret Inglis in Giraudoux’s Amphitryon 38 in 1952, The Voice of the Turtle (which she co-directed) in 1952, Tea and Sympathy in 1954, Candida 1956, Separate Tables staged in 1957, Janus 1958, The Grass is Greener 1959, The Birthday Party, followed by Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana which was staged at the Playhouse by the Cockpit Players in 1962, Present Laughter, the final production for the Reps in 1969, Roar Like a Dove 1969, The Old Ladies and The Au Pair Man 1971, Lloyd George Knew My Father 1974, A Life 1980, Scorched Earth 1989.

Margaret starred in a celebrity concert in aid of the National Theatre Development Fund at the Reps in 1954. It was staged by The National Theatre, also starringstarred André Huguenet, Dawie Couzyn and Taubie Kushlick, and came through the offices of Breytenbach.

She had a role in the 1969 film Vrolike Vrydag 13de [1].

As producer and/or director

She directed Stage Door (Johannesburg REPS , 1943); Gordon Mulholland in The Philadelphia Story for the Munro-Inglis Company in 1945, she produced, directed and played in Hamlet with Siegfried Mynhardt at the Windmill Theatre in 1955, she produced and co-starred in Love in Idleness with John Hussey at the Library Theatre in 1955, Come Back, Little Sheba for NTO, 1957; Roar Like a Dove presented by Brian Brooke Company 1961; the PACT production Hamlet at the Civic Theatre in 1964, Staircase presented by Langford-Inglis, Intimate Theatre, 1967; Night Must Fall 1967.

The first production of the Langford-Inglis Company was a revival of Gaslight at the Library Theatre in 1962. Together with the Reps management, Inglis and Langford staged The Physicists, which lost a bundle in 1963. They then staged Noël Coward’s Private Lives, starring Robert Langford and Shelagh Holliday.

She directed Nan Munro in The Importance of Being Earnest and Michael Atkinson in The Lady's not for Burning for NAPAC in Durban post 1962.


Henry VIII

The First Mrs Fraser, Intimate Theatre, Impossible People

She attended the first meeting of the South African Association of Theatrical Managements, established early 1956.

In 1963, after the passing of her first husband, she instituted the Stuart Leith Trophy (or popularly known as the "Sammy") for the best English actor on the Johannesburg stage.

Awards, etc

Made a Dame of the British Empire in 2000?1999?

The DALRO prize for best actress in a supporting role in English for DALRO is named Margaret Inglis Award in her honour.

Sources

Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Go to ESAT Bibliography

(See Du Toit, 1988; Hartnoll, 19** ) [TH, JH]

For more informtion

IMDb [2].


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