Jeremy Crutchley

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Jeremy Crutchley [1] (195*-) is a British-born stage and screen actor who studied, lived and worked in South Africa for a time, before moving to Los Angeles.

Biography

Born in Yorkshire of a Welsh family and grew up in Kent, Scotland and Lancashire. The family eventually settled in Pietermaritzburg, Natal.

Training

BA Hons degree in Speech and Drama, Natal University, 1978.

Career

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

His more memorable stagework includes Sam Shephard’s Cowboy Mouth, Buried Child and various characters in And Green and Golden.

He starred as Barclay in the Baxter production of Julian Mitchell’s Another Country together with Neil McCarthy, Sean Taylor and John Carson, directed by Nikolas Simmonds with lighting design by Pip Marshall in 1983 before it moved to the Market Theatre with minor cast changes in July.

As Pentheus in Euripides’s The Bacchae for the Junction Avenue Theatre Company.

As the Player King in Forbidden Fruits at the Market Theatre, Janice Honeyman. Fashion photographer in Dirty Weekend.

Brothers of the Head by English writer Brian Aldiss (born 1925) [2] Pierrot (1977), Panther (1979) — A large-format book, illustrated by Ian Pollock, tells the strange story of the rock stars Tom and Barry Howe, Siamese twins with a third, dormant head that eventually starts to awaken. Adapted into a 2006 film by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe. PACT

He starred in Janice Honeyman’s production, Forbidden Fruits, together with Vanessa Cooke, Mike Huff, Danny Keogh, Amanda Strydom and Annelisa Weiland at Upstairs at the Market in 1983/84. He starred in Equus for Pieter Toerien in 1985. He starred in Deadly Embrace under Moira Lister’s direction at the Leonard Rayne Theatre in 1987. He starred in Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit directed by Ken Leach at the Alhambra in 1987. He starred in Vladimir Gubartev’s Sarcophagus at the André Huguenet Theatre in 1988. He starred in Francois Swart’s production of As You Like It in 1989. He starred in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile at the André Huguenet Theatre in 1989. He starred in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly at the Alhambra Theatre in October 1989. He starred in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show in 1992. He starred in Royce Ryton’s I Was King for Pieter Toerien at the Richard Haines Theatre in 1992. He starred in Bob Randall’s The Fan in 1994.

M. Butterfly (Pieter Toerien, 19**), The Rocky Horror Show (Baxter Theatre/CAPAB, 1993), ***, **, ***

Stones in His Pockets (Pieter Toerien, 2001).

Amadeus (Baxter Theatre, 2006), Betrayal (Baxter Theatre, 2006), Twelfth Night (2006), The Merchant of Venice (2009I Am My Own Wife (2010, Sacred Elephant (2012)

Awards, etc

Frequent winner of various awards, i.a. - Fleur du Cap Best Actor for Sarcophagus as Bessmertney (1989), The Merchant of Venice (2009), two Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for I Am My Own Wife ( best actor and best solo performance).

Sources

Equus programme notes, 1985

Limelight1983/84

Tucker, 1997.

Sunday Argus 29 October 2006.


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