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Marlene A. Koenig
Student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Graduated July 1957.
July: York Festival: Natella Abashwilli, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (A RADA production)
March - May Assisstant Stage Manager, Chesterfield Repertory Company. Vivian, The Passing of the Third Floor Back (By Jerome K. Jerome) Summer: In repertory at Scarborough
Joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company as an understudy. Company became the Royal Shakeapeare Company (RSC) in 1960. Stratford: Lady: All’s Well that Ends Well (Shakespeare); Tyrone Guthrie; Diana (May 13,14 &16 & September 11, 15, 26); Citizen: Othello (Shakespeare); Tony Richardson; Attendant: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shalkespeare); Peter Hall; Roman Cizizen: Coriolanus (Shalespeare); Peter Hall; Attendant: King Lear (Shakespeare); Glen Byam Shaw Understudied: Diana (All’s Well that Ends Well); Bianca (Othello); Helena (A Midsummer Nights Dream); Virgilia (Coriolanus).
Signed a five-year contract with the RSC
Stratford: April 4: Lady: Two Gentlemen from Verona (Shakespeare); Peter Hall; April 12: Lady: The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare); Michael Langham; June 21: Wench: The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare); Maurice Daniels; July 26: Andromache: Troilus & Cressida (Shakespeare); Peter Hall & John Barton; Lelie Hurray (D); Priam: Clifford Rose; Hector: Derek Godfrey: Dorothy Tutin; Pandarus: Max Adrian; Agamendon: Peter Jeffrey; Ulysses: Eric Porter; Helen: Elizabeth Sellars; Troilus: Denholm Elliot; August 20: Lady: The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare); Peter Wood
Aldwych: December 15: Lady: The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster); Donald McWhinnie; Leslie Hurray (D); Duchess: Peggy Ashcroft; Daniell de Bosola: Patrick Wymark; Ferdinand: Eric Porter; Cardinal: Max Adrian; Julia: Sian Phillips
Aldwych: January 12: 2nd Ondine/Violanta/Prinvess Berthe: Ondine (John Webster); Peter Hall; Tanya Moiseiwitsch (d); King if the Ondines: Derek Godfrey; Hans: Richard Johnson: Ondine: Leslie Caron; Princess Berthe (until May when replaced by Diana Rigg): Sian Phillips; King: James Bree: Queen Isolde: Gwen Fffangcon-Davies; February 20: Philippe Trincant: The Devils (John Whiting); Peter Wood; Sean Kenny (s) & Desmond Heely (c); Louis Trincant: P.G. Stephens; Urbain Grandier: Richard Johnson; Father Barre: Max Adrian; De Cerisay: Peter Jeffrey; Sister Jeanne: Dorothy Tutin; Father Mignon: David Layne-Smith; July 11: Gwendolen: Becket (Jean Anouilh)I Peter Hall; Leslie Hurray; King Henry: Christopher Plummer; Thomas Becket: Eric Porter; Archbishop of Canterbury: David Layne-Smith; King Louis of France: Patrick Wymark; The Pope: Roy Dotrice; September 13: Bianca: The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespiere); Maurice Daniels; Alix Stone (d); Christopher Sly: Roy Dotrice; Lucentio: Peter Jeffrey; Baptista: Patrick Wymark; Katharina: Vanessa Redgrave; Tetruchio: Derek Godfrey; Grmio: David Layne-Smith; Hortensio: George Murcell
Aldwych: March 19: President de Tourvel: The Art of Seduction (Choderlos de Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses); John Barton; Amber Garland (d); Madame de Rosemonde: Esme Church; Marquise de Merteuil: Irene Worth; Vicompte de Valmont: Keith Michell; Mlle Cecile de Volanges: Patricia England
Stratford: April 17: Helena: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare); Peter Hall; Lila de Nobile; Theseus: Tony Steedman; Hippolyta: Yvonne Bonnamy; Hermia: Patricia Brake; Demetrius: Barry McGregor: Lysander: Brian Murray: Bottom: Paul Hardwick; Puck: Ian Holm; Oberon: Ian Richardson; Titania: Judi Dench; April 23: Bianca: Taming of the Shrew; Christopher Sly: Clifford Rose; Baptista: Paul Hardwick; Gremo: Ian Holm; Hortensio: Bill Travers; June 6: Lady Macbeth: Macbeth (Shakespeare); Donald McWhinnie; John Bury (s) & Annena Stubbs (c); Duncan: Clifford Rose; Malcom: Brian Murray; Macbeth: Eric Porter; Banquo: Peter Jeffrey; Lady Macbeth: Irene Worth; Macduff: Bill Travers; 3 Wierd Sisters: Norah Blaney; Yvonne Bonnamy; Maroussia Frank; September 11: Adriana: The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare); Clifford Williams; John Wyckham (S) & Anthony Powell (c); Antipholus of Ephesus: Ian Richardson; Antipholus of Syracuse: Alec McCowen; Aegeon: Tony Church; Pinch: james Booth; Amelia: Pauline Letts; Luciana: Susan Maryott; November 6: Cordelia: King Lear (Shakespeare); Peter Brook (director, sets & costumes); King Lear: Paul Scofield; Kent: Tom Fleming; Edmund: Jamed Booth; Goneril: Irene Worth; Albany: Peter Jeffrey; Fool: Alec McCowen; Regan: Patience Collier; Cornwall: Tony Church
Aldwych: December 12: Cordelia and December 19: Adriana
Aldwych: January 9: Nurse Monica Stettler: The Physicists (Friedrich Duerrenmatt); Peter Brook; Jonh Bury; Beutler: Michael Horden; Ernesti (Einstein): Alan Webb; Frau Line Rose: Patience Collier; Mobius: Cyril Cusack; Doktor von Zahnd: Irene Worth; June 15: Helena: A Midsummernight’s Dream Stratford: April 15: Adriana: The Comedy of Errors; Aegeon: John Welch; Pinch: Derek Smith; Amelia: Madoline Thomas; Luciana: Janet Suzman; May 13: Helena: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Hippolyta: Rosemary Frankau; Hermia: Ann Beach; Titania: Juliet Mills: Puck: Michael Williams
May: Provincial Tour: Edinborough, Bradford, Newcastle, Manchester: Helena: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Aldwych: February 2 - 11: Cordelia: King Lear
World Tour: February-June: (West Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Warsaw, hesinki, Leningrad, Moscow, Washington DC., Boston, Philadelphia & New York City): Adriana: The Comedy of Errors and Cordelia: King Lear
May 18 - June 6: New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center: Cordelia
May 20 - June 6: New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center: Adriana
King Lear: Lear: Paul Scofield; Kent: Tom Fleming; Gloucester: John Laurie; Edmund: Ian Richardson; Goneril: Irene Worth; Albany: Clifford Rose; Regan: Pauline Jameson; Edgar: Brian Murray; Fool: Alec McCowen
The Comedy of Errors: Aegeon: Tony Church; Antipholus of Ephesus: Ian Richardson; Antipholus of Syracuse: Alec McCowen; Oinch: Michael Williams; Amelia: Pauline Jameson; Luciana: Julie Chritie
June 18: Windsor Castle, Royal Command Performance: Adriana
June: Stratford: Viola: Twelfth Night (Shakespeare); Clifford Williams; Sally Jacobs; Sebastian: Christopher Bodmead; Olivia: Estelle Kohler; Sir Toby Bvelch: Brewster Mason; Maria: Patsy Byrne; Sir Andrew Aguecheek: dsavid Warner; Malvolio: Ian Holm
Became an Associate Artist of the RSC
Wyndhams Theatre London: May 19: Heloise: Abelard and Heloise (Ronald Millar); Robin Phillips; Daphne Dare; Peter Abelare: Keith Michell; Gilles de Vannes: george Murcell; Fulbert: John Warner; Abbess: Elspeth March; Bernard of Clairvaux: david Ashford. Toured th provinces, including Leeds, Liverpool and Exeter before opening in London. Michell and Rigg left the play in December, when they were replaced b Daniel Massey and Ciaran Madden.
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles: January 19 - February 27
Brook Atkinson Theatre, New York, March 10 - April 26:
Heloise: Abelard and Heloise; Abelard: Keith Michell; Gilles de Vannes: Ronald Radd; Fulbert: Bernard Hughes; Abbess: jacqueline Brook
November - Joined the National Theatre of Great Britain. Diana Rigg was the first Associate Artist of the RSC to join the company
Diana Rigg in "Jumpers"
(Bild MfG Gerhard, Wien)
Old Vic, London (National Theatre): February 2 - August 17 (repertory): Dottie Moore: Jumpers (Tom Stoppard); Peter Wood; Partrick Robertson (s) & Rosemary Vercoe (c); George Moore: Michael Hordern; Crouch: Paul Curran; Archie: Graham Crowden; Scott: Desmaon McNamara; Secretary: Anna Carteret (Missed the July 14, 15, 17 and 18th performances due to hospitalization for a back injury.)
Jumpers received the Evening Standard and Plays and Players Awards for Best Play.
May: Hippolita: Tis a Pity She’s a Whore (John Ford); Roland Jaffe; Giovanni: Nicjolas Clay; Vasques: Gawn Grainger; Soranzo: Jeremy Clyde; Florio: Kenneth Macintosh; Annabella: Anna Carteret; Putana: James Hayes (played the role for 11 pereformances while on tour.)
November 1: Lady Macbeth: Macbeth (Shakespeare); Michael Blakemore; Michael Annals; Macbeth: Anthony Hopkins Duncan: Alan MacNaughton; Malcolm: jeremy Clyde; Macduff: Gawn Grainger; Lady Macduff: Louise Purnell. Hopkins left the cast soon after the opening. He was replaced by his understudy John Shrapnel and then by Denis Quilley.
January 31 - July 5 (in repertory): Dottie Moore: Jumpers
February 9 - June 30 (in repertory): Lady Macbeth
February 27 - July 7 (in repertory): Celimene: The Misanthrope (Moliere, adapted by Tony Harrison); John Dexter; Tanya Moiseiwitsch; Alceste: Alec McCowen; Phillinte: Alan MacNaughton; Oronte:; Gawn Grainger; Eliante: Jeanne Watts; Arsinoe: Gillian Barge; Acaste: Nicholas Clay; Clitandre: Jeremy Clyde
May 16 - November 16 (limited run), Albery Theatre, London
Eliza Doolittle: Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw); John Dexter; Jocelyn Herbert & Andrew Sanders. Miss Rigg’s costumes by Stephen Skaptason; Henry Higgins: Alec McCowen; Clara Eynsford-Hill: Sarah Atkinson; Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Margaret Ward-, Freddy Eynsford-Hill: Anthony Naylor; Col. Pickering: Jack May; Mrs. Pearce: Hilda Fenimore; Alfred P. Doolittle: Bob Hoskins; Mrs. Higgins: Ellen Pollock
Rejoined the National Theatre. February 11 - March 8: Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. & March 12 - May 31 (limited run), St. James’s Theatre, New York: Celimene: The Misanthrope; Alceste: Alec McCowen; Philinte: Robert Eddison; Oronte: Gawn Grainger; Eliante: Louie Ramsay; Arsinoe: Gillian Barge: Acaste: Nicholas Clay; Clitandre: Albert Roffrano
Old Vic, London July 8 - November 29 (in repertory): Celimene: The Misanthrope
September 9 - February 5, 1976: The Governor’s Wife: Phaedra Britannica (Racine, adapted by Tony Harrison; John Dexter; Tanya Moiseiwitsch; Burleigh: Robert Eddison; Governor: Michael Gough; Lilamani: Diana Quick; Aya: Alknanda Samarth; Thomas: David Yelland. Diana Rigg received the Plays and Players award as Best Actress for her performance.
Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre of Great Britain. January 3 - May 19 (in repertory): Ilona: The Guardsman (Ferenc Molnar, adapted by Frank Marcus); Peter Wood; Ralph Koltai (s) & David Walker (c); Nandor: Richard Johnson; Lisa: Brenda Blethyn; Creditor: David Schofield; Bela: Philip Stone; Mother: Madoline Thomas
Phoenix Theatre, London: Nevember 8 - June 23, 1979: Ruth Carson: Night and Day (Tom Stoppard); Peter Wood; Carl Thomas; Dick Wagner; John Thaw; george Guthrie: William Marlowe; Francis: George Harris; Jacob Milne: Peter Machin: Geoffrey Carson: David Langton; President Mageeba:; Olu Jacobs. Diana Rigg missed performances from February 23 - March 17 due to hospitalization and recovery from a back injury. She returned to the play on March 19 and remained in the production until June 23 when she was succeeded by Maggie Smith. Night and Day was named Best Play by the Evening Standard and Diana Rigg received her second Plays and Players award for Best Actress.
5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington (February 9 - March 6) auditorium, Denver, Colorado (March 10-20); Colette: Colette (Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt); Dennis Rosa; Carl Jablonski (Choreographer); John Conklin (s), Raoul Pene du Bois (C). Produced by Harry Rigby and the Kennedy Center with the Denver Center and James M. Nederlander. Sido: Marta Eggerth; Willy: John Reardon; Jacques: Sir Robert Helpman; Maurice: Martin Vidnovic; Missy: Marti Stevens.
Colette was on a pre-Broadway tryout when it closed in Denver. The director and choreographer were both fired in Seattle.
Theatre Royal, Brighton (January 20 - 30); Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon (January 31 - February 5); Palace Theatre, Manchester (February 7 - 12); Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford (February 14 - 19); Theatre Royal, Bath (February 21-26); Theatre Royal, Plymouth (February 28 - March 5); Theatre Royal Haymarket, London (March 9 - June 11); Hesione Hushabye: Heartbreak House (George Bernard Shaw); John Dexter; Jocelyn Herbert; Captain Shotover: Rex Harrison; Ariadne Utterwood: Rosemary Harris; Ellie Dunn: Mel Martin; Nurse Guiness: Doris Hare: Mazzini Dunn: Paul Curran; Hector Hushabye: Paxton Whitehead; Boss Mangan: Frank Middlemass; Randall Utterwood: Simon Ward; Billy Dunn: Charles Rea
February 13 - March 30, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London: Rita Allmers: Little Eyolf (Henrik Ibsen, translated by Michael Meyer); Clare Davidson; Dermot Hayes; Alfred Allmers: Ronald Pickup; Asta: Cheryl Campbell; Borgheim: Paul Moriaty; The Rat Wife: Anne Dyson; Little Eyolf: Steven Kember
May 15 - July 20 (in repertory): Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, West Sussex: Cleopatra: Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare); Robin Phillips; Daphne Dare; Anthony: Denis Quilley; Octavius Caesar: Philip Franks: Enobarbus: Norman Rodway; Chairman: Jenny Michelmore; Octavia: Chairmian Gradwell; Lepidus: Brett Forrest
November 4 - 8, Theatre Royal, Bath and November 18 - December 6, Phoenix Theatre, London: Bess Garrison: Wildfire (N. Richard Nash); Peter Wood; Carl Toms; David Benjamin: Kevin McNally; Lewis Prouty: Mark Wing-Davey; Oscar Anderson: David Healy; Sgt. Barrows: Carmen Rodriguez
Diana Rigg in "Follies"
(Bild MfG Gerhard, Wien)
July 21 - July 2, 1988, Shaftsbury Theatre, London: Phyllis Stone: Follies (Stephen Sondheim & William Goldman); Mike Ockrent; Maria Bjornson; Sally Plummer: Julia McKenzie; Ben Stone: Daniel Massey; Buddy Plummer: David Healy; Carlotta Campion: Dolores Gray. Follies was named Best Musical for 1987.
|Diana Rigg in Follies (Bilder: MfG Gerhard, Wien)|
July 24 - August 5, Stage Door Theatre, San Francisco, California: Melissa Gardner: Love Letters (A.R. Gurney); John Tillinger; Andrew Makepeace Ladd III: Stacy Keach
April 30 - June 29, Almeida Theatre, Islington, London: Cleopatra: All For Love (John Dryden); Jonathan Kent; Anthony: James Laurenson; Octavia: Angela Down; Alexas: Alan MacNaughton; Charmion: Pauline Jameson; Dollabella: James Clyde; Ventidius: Bernard Horsfall.
July 5 - 7: Festival International de Teatro Classic de Almagro, Spain
January 27 - February 15, Old Fire House Studio Theatre, Oxford: Putting It Together; Julia McKenzie; music and words by Stephen Sondheim; Clarke Peters, Claire Moore and Kit Hesketh-Harvay.
April 9 - May 16, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London: Rosa: Berlin Bertie (Howard Brenton); Danny Boyle; Sandy: Kevin Allen; Alice: Penny Downie; Joanne: Susan Lynch; Berlin Bertie: Nicholas Woodeson.
September 16 - October 24, Almeida Theate, Islingtion, London: Medea: Medea (Euripides); Jonathan Kent; Jason: Tim Woodward; Nurse: Madge Ryan; Creon: Joseph O’Commor; Aegeus: Peter Sproule; Messenger: Dan Mullane; Chorus: Slizabeth Bell, Jane Lowe, Nuala Willis. received the Evening Standard award for Best Actress.
September 1 -18: Liverpool Playhouse, then Richmond, Bath and Bradford for a week each. October 19 - February 26, 1994: Wyndhams Theatre: Medea: Medea (Euripides); Jonathan Kent; Women of Corinth: Stella McCusker, Jane Lowe, Nuala Willis; Madge Ryan; Tutor: John Southworth; Creon: John Turner; Jason: Tim Woodward; Aegeus: Robert Demeger; Messenger: Dan Mullane. Variety Club Award as Best Stage Actress. Nominated for the Olivier award for best actress but Fiona Shaw won for Machinal. Diana received the Times Readers’ Accolade for Best West End performance and the Rothemere award for service to the Theatre.
April 7 - Jun 26: Longacre Theatre, New York, Medea: Medea. Same cast as in London with the following changes: Women of Corinth: Judith Paris, Jane Loretta Lowe, Nuala Willis; Nurse: Janet Henfrey; Aegeus: Donald Douglas. Nominated for the Outer Critics’ Circle as best actress (Myra Carter won for Three Tall Women.) Nominated as Best Actress: Drama Desk award (Myra Carter won, but John A. Leaonard won for Outstanding Sound Design.) Received the Tony Award for Leading Actress in a play, June 12, 1994.
November 14 - March 30, 1996: Oliver Theatre (Royal National Theatre); Anna Fierling, Mothe Courage: Mother Courage and Her Children (Bertold Brecht, version by David Hare); Jonathan Kent; Kattrin: Lesley Sharp; Eilif: Brett Fancy; Swiss Cheese: Bohdan Poraj; The Cook: Geoffrey Hutchings; Yvette Pottier: Doon Mackichan; Commander-in-Chief: Donald Pickering; a very old Colonel: Michael Gough; The Chaplain: David Bradley. Nominated for the Lawrence Olivier award as Best Actre but the award was won by Dame Judi Dench. Received the 1996 Evening Standard award for Best Acress for Mother Courage and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
September 25 - October 26: Almeida Theatre: Matha: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Edward Albee); Howard Davies; George: David Suchet; Nick: Lloyd Owen; Honey: Clare Holman.
November 6 - March 22: Aldwych Theatre (West End) Received the 1996 Evening Standard award for Best Acress for Mother Courage and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the South Bank award (with David Suchet); and the Variety Club of Great Britain award for Best Stage Actress. Nominated for the Olivier award as Best Actress, but the award was won by Janet McTeer.
August 8 - 11: Malvern Festival Theatre, Malvern; August 18 - 29: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, guildford, Surrey
September 9 - December 12: Albery Theatre (Almeida at the Albery): Phedre: Phedre (Jean Racine, version by Ted Hughes); Jonathan Kent; Hippolytus (Toby Stevens); Theramene (David Bradley); Oenone (Bara´bara Jefford); Panope (Holly de Jong); Aricia (Joanna Troth); Ismene (Avril Elgar); Theseus (Julian Glover).
November 4 - December 12: Albery Theatre: Agrippina: Britannicus (Jean Racine, version by Robert David MAcDonald); Jonathan Kent; Albina (Barbara Hefford); Burris (David Bradley); Kevin McKidd (Britannicus); Narcissus (Julian Glover); Toby Stephens (Nero); Julia (Joanna Roth).
Dame Diana received an Olivier nomination for her performance as Phedre and Agrippina. (Eileem Atkins won the award for her performance in The Unexpected Man).
January 5 - 17: BAM Majestic Theatre, Brooklyn, New York: Phedre and Britannicus in repertory.
Text by Marlene A. Koenig
April 11: BBC presented the second act of Ondine. Diana
appeared as Violanta.
November 23: Thames Television: Francy: in "A Very Desirable
Plot" in Sentimental Agent; Harry Fine (p); Harry
Booth (dir); Brian Clemens (w); Carlos Varela: Carlos Thompson;
Chin: Burt Kwouk; Miss Carter: Clemence Brittany; Col. Wilde:
William Mervyn; Lamont: Paul Maxwell
January 1: BBC (January 1967: WNET); Adriana: The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare); Peter Luke (p); Peter Duiguid (dir.TV); Clifford Williams (dir); Solinus: Donald Sinden; Aegeon: John Welsh; Antipholos of Epheseus: Ian Richardson; Antipholos of Syracus: Alec McCowen; Dromio of Epheseus: Clifford Rose; Dromio of Syracuse: Barry McGregor; Amelia: Madoline Thomas; Luciana: Janet Suzman
December 14: ABC, Armchair Theatre: Anita Fender: The Hothouse;
(Donald Churchill): cast included Harry Corbett, Donald Churchill
and Miranda Connell
January 15: Granada (November 1968, WNET); Bianca: Woman Beware
Women (Thomas Middleton); Livia: Gene Anderson; Hippolito:
Laurence Evans; Duke: Clifford Evans
September 28: ABC: Mrs. Emma Peel: The Avengers; Julian
Wintle (executive producer); Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens (producers);
John Steed: Patrick Macnee. Diana appeared in 51 episodes of the
series. The show premiered on U.S. television in March 1966 on
the American Broadcasting Corp.
February 9: CBS: Helena: A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC):
Michael Birkett (p); Peter Hall (dir); Hermia: Helen Mirren; Lysander:
David Warner; Demetrius: Michael Jayston; Oberon: Ian Richardson;
Titania: Judi Dench; Puck: Ian Holm
January 23: NBC & June 6: London Weekend: Liz Jardine: Married
Alive (John Mortimer); Stuart Burge (dir); Richard Bates (p);
The Colonel: Rupert Culp; Miss Burbage: Gwen Nelson; Owen Evans:
Dudley Jones; Philipott: James Villiers; Henrietta Jardine: Zuleika
Robson; Sebastian Jardine: Tyler Butterworth
March 22: NBC: Experiment in Television. "A Bad Case
of Shakespeare"; discussed Shakespeare with Sir John Gielgud;
Christopher Plummer and David Warner
March 29: BBC: guest appearance: The Keith Michell Show.
Keith Michell; June Bronhill; Elizabeth Sal, Louane Richards
October 24: ATV: narrator: Queen of Hearts, a documentary
on the life of Eva Peron
December 3: ATV: Aquarius: "Why Shun a Nude Tag,"
devised by Patrick Garland, W.H.Auden (W); with Michael Hordern,
Dudley Moore. (Probably taped at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature,
November 12, 1972.)
September 10: NBC: Diana Smythe: Diana (Leonard Stern,
exec. Producer; Arnold Kane, Gordon Farr, producers); Norma Brodnik:
Barbara Barrie; Norman Brodnik: David Scheiner; Howard: Richard
B. Shull; Marshall: Robert Moore; Holly: Carol Androsky.
Diana premiered on the BBC on October 23, 1973. NBC cancelled
the series after 14 episodes.
October 13: Thames TV: Grace Gracedew: Affairs of the Heart
("Grace"); Henry James (w); Michael Lindsay-Hogg (dir);
Mr. Prodmore: George Cole; Cora: Celia Bannerman; Capt. Yule:
February 23: CBS & December 18, 1977 London Weekend: Philippa
Talbot: In This House of Brede (G.E. Theatre), based on
the book by Rumer Godden; George Schaefer (dir); James Costigan
(w); Joanna: Judi Bowker; Dame Catherine: Gwen Watford; Dame Agnes:
Pamela Brown; Sir Costigan: Denis Quilley; David: Nicholas Clay.
Emmy Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a
December 25: BBC: Guest appearance: Morecambe and Wise;
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
April 18: Hostess, Tony Awards (Alexander H. Cohen, producer);
co-hosted with Richard Burton and George C. Scott
March 8 - April 12: BBC: Three Piece Suite (Michael Mills, producer and director), portrayed 18 differnt characters in a six week series.
March 8: "Hearts and Flowers" by Richard Waring with
Don Henderson, Ken Watson, Jennifer Croxton; "Screen Night"
by Roy Clarke; Interviewer: Barry Norman; Dancer: Caron Gardner;
The Great Marvo: Paul Daniels; "Brief Encounter" by
Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall with Peter Barkworth.
March 15: "After Yor're Gone" by Terence Brady and Charlotte
Bingham; Tom: Dinsdale Landon; "Little Things...Parking"
by Michael Sadler; Trevor: Gawn Grainger; "Wonderful Woman"
by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais; Reg: Bob Hoskins
March 22: Bitter Suite" by Hugh Leohard; Walter: Keith Ashley;
"Entrance Fee", from a short story by Alexander Woolcott;
Picot D'Aligny: Dominic Guard;Calen: Colin Higgins; Mayor Touchalaume:
John Humphrey; "Private Lives" by Keith Waterhouse &
Willis Hall; He: Tony Britton
March 29: "Miss" by Michael Sadler; "Celluloid
Dreams": by Neil Shand; Ken: Norman Chappell; Sharon: Karen
David; Stanley: David Ryall; "Mea Culpa" by John Esmonde
and Bob Larbey; Man: David Quilter
April 5. "Come in Number One", by Carla Lane; The Ladies:
Joan Benham, Patsy Rowlands, Jenny Cox; "This Situation"
by Tina Brown; Frank: George Baker; Nigel: Neil Daglish; Nanny
Lightfood: Margaret Boyd; "All in the Mind" by Terence
Brady and Charlotte Bingham with Freddie Jones, Lola Lloyd
April 12: "Little Things that Go Bump in the Night" by Michael Sadler; Trevor: Gawn Grainger; "Walking the Dog" by Jill Cooper; Postman: John Rutland; Mrs Fenwick: Miriam Raymond; Mrs. Harris: Doris Hare; Miss Channon: Deddie Davis; "Every Day in Every Way" by Alan Coren with John Cleese as Kevin
July 26 & August 2: BBC : guest appearance on the game show
Call My Bluff
November 26: guest appearance on The South Bank Show; Melvin
Bragg, host; Tom Stoppard, John Thaw, Michael Hordern
March 7 - 21: BBC: Klytamnestra: The Serpent Son (The Oresteia by Aeschylus; Richard Broke (p); Bill Haye (dir); adapted by Frederic Raphael and Kenneth Macleish; Agamemnon: Denis Quilley; Cassandra: Helen Mirren; Elektra: Maureen O'Brien; Orestes: Anton Lesser; Queen of the Furies: Terrence Hardiman; leader of the Argive women: Billie Whitelaw
September 7: Yorkshire TV: Eloise de Kestournel: The Marquise
(Noel Coward); David Cunliffe, exec. Producer; Christopher Hodgson
(dir); Compte Raoul de Vriac: Richard Johnson; Esteban el Duco
de Santaguanao: James Villers; Adrienne: Mary Chilton; Father
Clement: John Crocker
March 3: Yorkshire TV: Hedda Gabler: Hedda Gabler (Henrik
Ibsen); Pat Sandys (p); David Cunliffe (dir), adapted by John
Osborne; George Tesman: Denis Lill; Thea Elvsted: Elizabeth Bell;
Judge Brack: Alan Dobie; Eilert Lovborg: Philip Bond
July 9: BBC: Rita Allmers: Little Eyolf (Ibsen); Louis Marks (p); Michael Darlow (dir); adapted by Michael Meyer; Alfred Allmers: Anthony Hopkins; The Rat Wife: Dame Peggy Ashcroft; Asta: Emma Piper; Borghejm: Charles Dance; Eyolf: Timothy Stark. This production was also telecast on March 4, 1984 on the Arts and Entertainment Network in the US.
December 4: CBS (Hallmark Hall of Fame): Christine Vole: Witness
for the Prosecution (Agatha Christie); Norman Rosemont (p);
Alan Gibson (dir); adapted by John Gay; Sir Wilfried Roberts;
Sir Ralph Richardson; Miss Plimsoll: Deborah Kerr; Leonard Vole:
Beau Bridges; Myers: Donald Pleasence; Janet McKenzie: Dame Wendy
Hiller; Mayhew: David Langton; Judge: Michael Gouph. The BBC first
televised Witness for the Prosecution on August 26, 1985.
April 3: Channel 4 (Brithish) for Granada Television: Regan: King Lear (Shakespeare); Michael Elliot (dir); King Lear: Laurence Olivier; Goneril: Dorothy Tutin; Cordelia: Anna Calder-Marshall; Kent: Colin Blakely; Fool: John Hurt; Gloucester: Leo McKern; Edmund: Robert Lindsay; Cornwall: Jeremy Kemp; Edgar: David Threfall
King Lear was shown at the Museum of Broadcasting in NYC
as a part of the Britain Salutes New York festival. It
was also televised in the States on January 26, 1984 on the Mobil
Showcase Network. King Lear was also shown on PBS on December
April 10 - May 29: BBC2: Lady Dedlock: Bleak House (Charles
Dickens); Ross Devenish (dir); John Jarndyce: Denholm Elliot;
Esther Summerson: Suzanne Burden; Sir Leicester Dedlock: Robin
Bailey; Ada Clare: Lucy Hornak; Richard Carstone: Philip Franks;
Tulkinghorn: Peter Vaughan; Harold Skimpole: T. P. McKenna; Inspector
Bucket: Ian Hogg. Bleak House was first shown in the USA
December 1, 1985 - January 19, 1986 on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre
April 5: (eight episodes): Channel 4 (Scottish Television): presenter:
Held in Trust. A Journey Round Scotland. Alan Macmillian
directed. Held in Trust was televised in the US on the
Discovery Channel in 1988.
November 1: Channel 4 (Central Television): Miss Hardbroom: The
Worst Witch (Jill Murphy, adapted by Mary Pleshette-Willis);
Robert Young (dir); Miss Cackle and Agatha: Charlotte Rae; The
Grand Wizard: Tim Curry; Mildred: Fairuza Balk; Miss Spellbinder:
Sabina Franklyn. The Worst Witch was co-produced by Central
Television and HBO, which televised the show several times during
December 27: CBS: Harriet, Marchioness of Vulcan: A Hazard
of Hearts (Barbara Cartland, adapted by Terence Feely); Albert
Fennell and John Hough (producers); John Hough (dir); Serena:
Helena Bonham-Carter; Lord Wrotham: Edward Fox; Marquis of Vulcan:
Marcus Gilbert; Sir Giles: Christopher Plummer; Old Vulcan: Steward
April 25: BBC1: Lydia: The Play on One: Unexplained Laughter
(by Alun Owen from the novel by Alice Thomas Ellis); Betty: Elaine
Page; Elizabeth: Joanna David; Finn: Jon Finch; Beuno: Robert
Gwilym; Angharad: Cindy Holden; Hywel: Emlyn Price
October 12 - : PBS: Host: Mystery !
October 29 - November 19: BBC1: Helena Vesey: Mother Love
(based on the novel by Domini Taylor, adapted by Andrew Davies);
Ken Riddington (p); Simon Langton (dir); Kit Vesey: James Wilby;
Alex Vesey: David McCallum; Angela: Fiona Gilles; george: James
Grout; Emily: Holly Aird; Harriet: Amelia Shankley, Little Helena:
Louisa Janes. Diana Rigg received the BAFTA and Broadcasting Guid
Awards for Best Actress for her performance. Repeated June 13,
1990 on BBC2.
April 16: BBC1: Narrator: The Incredible Edible Dormouse
October 25 - November 8: PBS: Mystery!: Mother Love
October 25: BBC1: Narrator: 40 Minutes "The Thawing
of the Cold War Warrior"
December 27: CBS: Madame Colbert: Mrs' Arris Goes to Paris (based on the novel by Paul Gallico; adapted by John Hawksworth; Anthony Shaw (d); Mrs Harris (Angela Lansbury); Marquis de Chassange (Omar Sharif); Natasha (Tamara Gorski); Andre (Lothaire Bluteau); Mrs. Butterfield (Lila Kaye). Televised numerous times on Sky television in Britain in 1993 - 1994.
April: CBC: Lady Blackwell: Road to Avonlea. Also seen
on the Disney Channel.
March 2: BBC2: Baroness Frieda von Wrangel; Screen 2: Genghis Cohn (based on the novel by Romain Gary: Alijah Moshinsky (d); Otto Schatz: Robert Lindsay; Gengis Cohn: Anthony Sher; Helga Feuchtwanger: Frances de la Tour; Police chief: Robert Lang. Televised on the Arts & Entertainment Channel on November 9, 1994.
Premiered at the London Film Festival, November 9, 1993. Televised on the Arts & Entertainment Channel. Nominated for a Cable Ace award as best supporting actress.
August 30: ABC: Judith: Running Delilah. Ron Kosolow (d); Delilah: Kim Cattrall; Paul: Billy Zane; Alec Kasharian: yorgos Voyagis
December 24: BBC1: Joy to the World concert at the Royal
March 17: BBC. Let's Twist Again: Mrs. Childkiller
September 17: NBC: Evgenia: Zoya (based on the novel by
Danielle Steele, adapted by L. Virginia Browne); Douglas S. Cramer,
exec. Producer; Richard Colla (d); Zoya: Melissa Gilbert; Bruce
Boxleitner (Capt. Clayton Andrews); David Warner (Prince Vladimir).
December 3: CBS: Mrs. Grose: The Haunting of Helen Walker
(based on Henry James' The Turn of the Shrew); Tom McGloughlin
(d); Helen Walker: Valerie Bertinelli: Miles: Aled Roberts; Flora:
Florence Heath; Baraby: Michael Gough
October 20 - 21: PBS: (Mobil Masterpiece Theatre): Mrs.
Golightly: Moll Flanders (based on the novel by Daniel
Defoe, adapted by Andrew Davies); David Attwood (d); Moll Flanders:
Alex Kingston; Colin Buchanan (Rowland Richardson); Ian Driver
(Robin Richardson); Lemuel (Tom Ward); Jemmy (David Craig); Mrs.
Riordan (Patti Love); Lucy Driver (Nicola Walker). Premiered on
the British television on December 1.
December 8: TBS: Mara: Samson & Delilah (Screenplay
by Alan Scott); Nicolas Roeg (d); Eric Thal (Sampson), Elizabeth
Hurley (Delilah); Michael Gambon (King Hanun); Dennis Hopper (General
January 5-6 BBC1: April 13; April 20; PBS (Mobil Masterpiece Theatre) Jim O'Brien (d); Mrs. Danvers: Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier); Charles Dance (Maxim de Winter); Emilia Fox (Mrs. de Winter); Mrs. van Hopper (Faye Dunaway); Beatrice (Geraldine James); Favell (Jonathan Cake).
Received the 1997 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries/Special
for her performance as Mrs. Danvers.
February 18: BBC Face to Face. Interview by Sir Jeremy
August 31: BBC1: Adela Bradley: Mrs. Bradley Mysteries
(adapted by Simon Booker and based on Gladys Mitchell's novel,
Speedy Death); Audrey Cook (d) George Moody (Neil Dudgeon);
John Alderton (Alistar Bing); Emma Fielding (Eleanor Bing), Lynda
Baron (Mrs. Macnamara).
December 26: BBC1: Madame de Bellregarde: The American
by Henry James; Paul Unwin (d); Matthew Modine (Chritopher Newman);
Aisling O'Sullivan (Claire de Bellregarde)
Text by Marlene A. Koenig
Helena: A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC). Released as a
feature film in Europe and in the UK.
March 28 (NYC): Paramount: Sonya Winters: The Assassination
Bureau (based on an unfinished novel by Jack London, adapted
by Michael Relph); Basil Deardon (dir); Michael Relph (p); Ivan
Dragomiloff: Oliver Reed; Lord Bostwick: Telly Savalas; General
von Pinck: Curt Juergens; Herr Weiss: Warren Mitchell; M. Lucoville:
Philippe Noiret; M. Popescu: Kenneth Griffith; Sgr. Spado: Clive
December 18 (NYC): United Artists: Contessa Teresa di Vincenzo
(Tracy): On Her Majesty's Secret Service (based on Ian
Flemings's novel, adapted by Richard Maibum); Peter Hunt (dir);
Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman (producers); James Bond: George
Lazenby; Blofeld: Telly Savalas; Irma Bunt: Ilse Steppat; Draco:
Gabrielle Fertzetti; M: Bernard Lee; Miss Moneypenny: Lois Maxwell.
American International: Portia: Julius Caesar (Shakespeare);
Stuart Burge (dir); Peter Snell (p); screenplay by Robert Furnival;
Mark Antony: Charlton Heston; Brutus: Jason Robards; Julius Caesar:
Sir John Gielgud; Caesar: Richard Chamberlain; Calpurnia: Jill
Bennett. The film was released in NYC in February 1971.
December 14 (NYC): United Artists: Barbara Drummond: The Hospital
(Paddy Chayefsky); Arthur Hiller (dir); Howard Gottfried (p);
Dr. Herbert Bock: George C. Scott; Drummond: Barnard Hughes; Dr.
Welbeck: Richard Dysart; William Mead: Andrew Duncan; Mrs. Christie:
May 11 (NYC): United Artists: Edwina Lionheart: Theatre of
Blood; Douglas Hickcox (dir); produced by John Kohn and Stanley
Mann; screenplay by Anthony Greville-Bell; Edward Lionheart: Vincent
Price; Peregrine Smith: Ian Hendry; Trevor Dickman: Harry Andrews;
Miss Chloe Moon: Coral Browne; Oliver Larding: Robert Coote; Soloman
Psaltery: Jack Hawkins; George Maxwell: Michael Hordern; Meredith
Merridew: Robert Morley; Hector Snipe: Dennis Price; Inspector
Boot: Milo O'Shea
December 14 (LA) and March 18, 1978 (NYC): New World Pictures:
Countess Charlotte Mittelheim: A Little Night Music (music
and lyrics by Stephan Sondheim); Harold Prince (dir); produced
by Elliot Kastner; screenplay by Hugh Wheeler from his book; originally
a Broadway musical suggested by Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles
on a Summer Night"; Desiree Armfeldt: Elizabeth Taylor; Frederic
Egerman: Len Cariou; Anne Eggerman: Lesley-Anne Down; Mme. Armfeldt:
Hermione Gingold; Count Carl Magnus Mittelheim: Laurence Guittard;
Erich Eggerman: Christopher Guard. An Oscar went to Jonathan Tunick
for musical arrangement.
June 26 (NYC): Universal Pictures: Lady Holiday: The Great
Muppet Caper; Jim Henson (dir); produced by David Lazar and
Frank Oz; starring The Muppets (Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy; Fozzie
Bear, Gonzo); Nicky Holiday: Charles Grodin, with John Cleese,
Peter Ustinov, Robert Morley and Jack Warden
March 5 (NYC): Universal Pictures: Arlena Marshall: Evil Under the Sun (Agatha Christie, adapted by Anthony Schaffer); Guy Hamilton (dir); produced by John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin; Hercule Poirot: Peter Ustinov; Sir Horace Blatt: Colin Blakely; Christine Redfern: Jane Birkin; Patrick Redfern: Nicholas Clay; Daphne Castle: Maggie Smith; Rex Brewster: Roddy McDowell; Myra Gardener: Sylvia Miles; Odell Gardener: James Mason; Kenneth Marshall: Denis Quilley; Linda Marshall: Emily Horne.
Diana Rigg received the Variety Club of Great Britain Award
for Best Actress.
May 14: Cannes Film Festival: Mean Queen: Snow White; Michael
Bertz (writer and director); produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram
Globus; Snow White: Sarah Patterson; Iddy: Billy Barty; King:
Douglas Sheldon; Never released as a feature film in the US, but
released on video tape. Shown on television in the UK.
September 8: Gramercy Pictures; Chloe Fanshawe: A Good Man
in Africa; bruce Beresford (dir); William Boyd (screenplay,
based on his novel); produced by John Fiedler, John Tarlov; Morgan
Leafy: Colin Friels; Celia Adekunle: Joanna Whalley-Kilmer; Dr.
Alex Murray: Sean Connery; Sam Adekunle: Louis Gossett Jr.; Arthur
Fanshawe: John Lithgow; Proscilla Fanshawe: Sarah-Jane Fenton
Maria - Love's Labour's Lost
Octavia - Anthony & Cleopatra
Eliza Doolittle - Pygmalion
A Little Night Music (soundtrack)
The Great Muppet Caper (soundtrack)
Follies (original Score)
November 21: Desert Island Discs
July 31: BBC: Anne Boleyn: Vivat Rex: (Episode 26 "Divorce")
Henry VIII: Robert Hardy; Katherine: Sian Phillips; Old Lady:
Dame Flora Robson
April 23: BBC: With Great Pleasure: Diana Rigg reads her
favourite poems, Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames.
June 27: BBC: Venus: Venus and Adonis (Shakespeare): Adonis: Christopher Guard; Alec McCowen
BBC: Celimene: The Misantrope (Ian Cotterell's version);
Aleceste: Alec McCowen
July 18: BBC4: Marquise de Merteuil: Les Liasions Dangereuses
(Choderlos de Laclos): Madame de Tourval: Juliet Stevenson; Vicompte
de Valmont: Roger Allam; Cecile de Volanges: Alison Reid.
December 24: BBC: The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Anderson)
Diana Rigg has hosted the following award ceremonies: Tony Awards,
the BAFTA awards, the Olivier awards, the ABSA awards (1992+),
Text by Marlene A. Koenig
More information see also page Diana Rigg Movies (in German)
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