Unexpectedly, at an event at the Cinema Museum celebrating the classic television series The Professionals, our artistic director Robert Gillespie bumped into an old friend – Brian Murphy!
Robert first worked with Brian when they were in Joan Littlewood’s legendary Theatre Workshop company together at Stratford East in 1955, in a production of Lope de Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna. You can read Robert’s hilarious account of working on that show in the first volume of his memoirs, Are You Going to do That Little Jump? Coincidentally, Theatre Royal has recently revived Fuente Ovejuna – as ‘The Village’, which Robert attended on preview night. He strongly encouraged Brian to pop along and see the excellent new production.
Thinking about when they had last met, they decided that it must have been during the recording of George & Mildred, in which Robert guest-starred in Brian’s situation comedy. Could that have been the Mating Game, from 1978, in which Robert, as the vet, delivers Truffles’ puppies?
Theatre and book critic for Entertainment Focus, freelance writer and one third of the Doctor Who podcast The Complete Menagerie (Almost).