KING RICHARD II

6 Jun

Awesome anecdotes from the Theatre …

Don Ostertag: Off Stage

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KING RICHARD II

Richard Harris lost his Irish temper and came very close to seeing me lose my French/German temper.

Richard Burton had extended his tour of CAMELOT when his health broke down. Rather than cancelling, the promoter sent Burton a get-well card and replaced him. Burton had made the Broadway role of King Arthur his; but Richard Harris starred in the movie, probably because Burton’s drinking was getting out of hand. Harris was the logical choice to succeed Burton on the Camelot tour, especially since Harris was winning the fight to control his drinking problem and taming down his wild life.

This hiring became Harris’s security blanket. He took the show on tour many times. He even bought the touring set and costumes, works of beauty by the great designer, Desmond Healy. If things slowed down for Harris, there was always CAMELOT. Yul Brynner had been doing this for…

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2 Responses to “KING RICHARD II”

  1. Don Ostertag June 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

    Thank you, J.C. for your reblog.

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