Alan Rothwell

'Always loved real old theatres and The Lyceum is a beautiful example. My memories are from the 1970s/80s. Played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, French in Stoppard's Dirty Linen, Horst in Bent, Owen in Michael Frayn's Clouds, which contains the funniest line I have ever had the privilege of delivering, (see me for details) and…..Tom in The Glass Menagerie. I had just given up smoking and the first thing Tom does at the head of the play is light a cigarette. I'd pleaded with the director to let me smoke herbal ones and he agreed but we became increasingly aware that the smell of them was destroying all illusions of the American Deep South so I decided to smoke real ones in performance. First night, I walked on, lit up and reeled. Instead of strolling casually round the stage delivering my first speech, I gasped it out, between fits of extreme coughing, leaning against a table. All my other memories are of good, satisfying work and fun. Lots of fun. I salute The Lyceum and wish it fifty more years of producing great theatre.'

Alan Rothwell 

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