Robert Langford

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Robert Langford (19**-) was a British born actor and producer, who worked in South Africa for many years.

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

He had worked as Brian Brooke's production manager.

In 1961 he directed the musical The King of Diamonds (Laite) for the National Theatre Organisation.

Circa 1962 he married Margaret Inglis and they formed a joint company (the Langford-Inglis Company) which worked in South Africa for most of the 1960s. Their first production 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 himself and Shelagh Holliday. His production of Treasure Island was staged by Children's Theatre for the 1964 Johannesburg Festival at the Zoo Lake. The Langford-Inglis Company got the rights to Charles Dyer’s Staircase, and staged the play, starring Langford and Patrick Mynhardt in 1967. Langford-Inglis, Academy Theatre Productions and PACT collaborated to present Max Adrian’s one-man show of readings from George Bernard Shaw at the Alexander in 1971. Langford-Inglis and Hymie Udwin revived the The Old Ladies with Margaret Inglis, Zoë Randall and Bess Finney at the Alexander in 1971. Langford-Inglis and Udwin collaborated with Brian Brooke and presented John Whiteley and Inglis in The Au Pair Man at the Brooke Theatre that same year.

Langford-Inglis also presented Night Must Fall and The First Mrs. Fraser.

On radio he made a name for himself playing the lead (with Kenneth Baker as Dr Watson) in the popular SABC series of Sherlock Holmes (1967).

He was also at one time the secretary of the South African Association of Theatre Managements (SAATM).


Tucker, 1997.

Theatre programmes held by NELM.

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