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Alan Mackenzie Howard CBE: 5th August 1937 - 14th February 2015

Oedipus and Teiresias

Alan as Gabriel in 'Gates of Gold'


Follow the link to Abby Murphy's Learning Haven class project


Today Alan Howard would have been 80 years old. After a year of silence on the website it will now resume.

11.7.2016. Sad news about Sally Beauman, who died on the 7th July aged 71.

3.5.15. BBC Radio 4 - The Reunion brings together actors from Peter Brook's iconic A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Alan Howard Reads

Following the sad news of Alan's death and as a tribute to him, the BBC is repeating this series of short stories written specially for Alan to celebrate his 70th birthday. They can be heard all next week on Radio 4Extra at 11.00/21/00 and 04.00. Nina Raine's story - The Judge is also being repeated on Radio 4, Saturday 14th at 20.45.

Alan Mackenzie Howard 5.8.1937 - 14.2.2015.

"...............................We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep."

Mark Lawson: Guardian 20.2.15

6.7.14. Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival 2014.
Sally Beauman talks to Juliet Solomon on Monday 15th September, 2-3 pm.

30.5.14 New York Journal of Books review of The Visitors.

27.3.14. Sally will be appearing at the Daphne du Maurier Festival, Fowey, on 17th May 2014.

8.3.14. Guardian review of The Visitors.

17.2.14. Open Book on Sunday 23rd February 2014. Sally Beauman, Darragh McKeon, Hamid Ismailov and Margie Orford. Sally Beauman talks to Ellah Allfrey about her latest novel The Visitors, Darragh McKeon and Hamid Ismailov discuss Chernobyl and the environmental legacy of the Cold War and crime writer and journalist Margie Orford explains the power of writing in the new South Africa

28.1.14. Sally News! Sally Beauman will be interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Open Book on 23rd February.

19.1.14. More information on Sally Beauman's new book, The Visitors.

1.1.14. Happy 2014!

Added a page on mistaken identities! For example - appearance in the film Ballet Russe!!! If anyone else has additions let me know!

14.6.13. More details of the new book. (237 days until publication).

25.3.13. Advance notice of Sally Beauman's new book, The Visitors. It is set in Egypt. Published February 2014 by Little, Brown.

23.3.13 Alan's Desert Island Discs interview - without the music tracks, is now available on the iplayer!

18.8.12. Parade's End starts on Friday 24th August on BBC 2. Alan plays Tietjens sr.

18.8.12. Catch These Are The Times on BBC R4 if you missed it first time around! Part 1 at 2,30 pm. Part 2, next week!

2.8.12. Film of Old Earth is now live on the Jericho House Productions website. The link below should take you to it! Click the link that says 'coming soon' and it plays!

30.6.12. Review from Timothy Ramsden of Reviewsgate.

30.6.12. Comment and review from Michael Coveney - from What's on Stage.

29.6.12. Review from The Times.

20.6.12. Review from The Independent.

Recorded interview about 'Old Earth' with Jonathan Holmes. Use back button to return to this page. http://www.theatrevoice.

19.6.12. Four star review from the Telegraph. Further information on cast and programme.

12.6.12. Alan interviewed on Front Row, BBC R4. Available on BBC iPlayer.

Alan Howard interview link

Link to Front Row page with information

May 2012. Click on link for Playstation - an advert - and Alan's voiceover!


7.5.12 The Spitalfields Music Festival have announced the following: Leading classical actor Alan Howard will be joining The Sixteen and Jericho in this Summer’s exciting new stage collaboration, Old Earth. Part of this Festival’s music and theatre strand, Old Earth is set in the evocative surroundings of Village Underground.

9.1.12. Look out for Alan in The Parade's End, the BBC dramatisation of Ford Madox Ford's novel, scripted by Sir Tom Stoppard.

8.1.2012. Happy New Year! The National Theatre's King James' Bible readings are now available to download free from iTunes.

18.12.11. Lovely report on the Alan Howard/Terry Hands/Greg Doran discussion at the RST on 10th December at the Shakespeare Blog!

2.9.11. See cast listing for the readings of the King James Bible at the National Theatre.

NEWS! In Conversation with Terry hands rescheduled for 10 December am, with Greg Doran and Alan Howard. Follow link to book.

5.8.11. Happy birthday, Alan!

6.6.11. The Daily Telegraph: Alan Howard, the gem at the heart of a fresh piece of theatre. Rupert Christiansen.

28.4.11. Click on the images link under The School For Scandal publicity picture for some rehearsal photographs!

31.3.11. Alan is playing Sir Peter Teazle in Deborah Warner's The School For Scandal at The Barbican.

6.3.11. Photographer Emma Duggan has a website with an Ardingly College slide show with photographs of the building and grounds - follow the link if you want to see Alan's old school. old-ardinian-society-website.html

There is also a book called, Old Ardinians

4.3.11: Additions to The Howard Family page with information about Leslie Howard and pictures from Estel.

1.12.10: An Appreciation of Alan Howard, by Marion Hudson.

5.8.2010: Happy birthday Alan!

20.6.2010: New book out about Leslie Howard.

5.11.2009. You Must Remember This: new audio cd. Read by Alan.

5.8.09. Happy birthday, Alan!

14.4.09. Repeats of Alan Howard Reads on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30pm, today, 15th and 16th April.

14.4.09. Viggo Mortensen dedicates his Empire Icon Award 2009 to Alan. And the follow up!

4.4.09. Viggo Mortensen is playing the Halder role in the film of Good. "Mortensen recalls seeing the original production of Good at the beginning of his career, with British actor Alan Howard playing John Halder. "It was memorable, it was amazing, the people who've seen that production or saw early productions of that play have interesting stories- it has this almost legendary status," he said.

1.1.09. Happy New Year!

19.10.08. Quotes from the Critics!

19.10.08. Extract from What's On Stage Magazine by Michael Coveney.

17.10.08. Review / International Herald Tribune, by Matt Wolf.
Link to slide show from the International Herald Tribune

16.10.08. Review / Guardian. Four star review from Michael Billington.
Review / Times. Four star review from Benedict Nightingale.
Link to first night photographs from Whats on Stage

15.10.08. Article in the Guardian by Germaine Greer and the Guardian has a picture gallery of this production and others.

8.10.08. Oedipus begins previewing today. Opens on Wednesday 15th October.

5.8.08. Happy Birthday, Alan!

25.7.08. Hachette Audio have released The Last Fighting Tommy, the story of Harry Patch the only surviving veteran of the trenches of WWI. The story is narrated by Alan.

23.7.08. Alan is playing Benjamin Franklin in the new Trevor Griffiths play, These Are The Times, on 26th July, BBC Radio 4, 2.30 pm.

8.7.08. Alan is to play Teiresias in the National Theatre's Oedipus. Check out the NT website.

15.5.08. Orpheus Explored, 15th May 2008, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Director Jonathan Holmes in a collaboration with The Sixteen and Sir Harry Christophers, Edward Bond and Hans Werner Henze, featuring Alan Howard and Virginia McKenna: Associate Artists at Southbank Centre, The Sixteen, bring an evening of poetry and music, all emanating from Orpheus, the father of song, on 15 May in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. For this programme, conductor Harry Christophers has chosen three of Monteverdi's Madrigals of War and Love to frame Henze's Orpheus behind the wire in which he sets highly charged political poems by Edward Bond. Working in conjunction with acclaimed writer, theatre director and filmmaker Jonathan Holmes, The Sixteen will maximise the sonic and visual impact of these powerful works with actors Alan Howard and Virginia McKenna reading poems by Petrarch and Denise Levertov.

11.5.08. Sally news! Baby God: Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights: To coincide with the Brontë museum's 2008 special exhibition No Coward Soul, on 7th June 08 Sally will be taking part in a discussion on Wuthering Heights at Haworth. Details on the Sally News page! Or on the Brontë website.

21.4.08. Alan has recorded some audio books for the new download company Silksound. The books are R.L. Stevenson's The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Pavilion on the Links. With each book is included an R. L. Stevenson short story. They are downloadable in mp3 format.

17th March 2008. South Bank. La Guerre, 17th March 2008, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Renaissance and modern choral music reflecting aspects of war, with readings from the poems of Lorca, Auden, Brecht and Eluard, by Alan Howard and Virginia McKenna.

28.2.08. Review of Scenes from a Marriage, Financial Times, 6.9.1990.

Article: Plenty to ring a few bells: Chichester Observer, 13.9.90.

22.2.08. Scenes from a Marriage additions.

19.1.08. There is a petition declaring no confidence in the current funding policy of the Arts Council. It is on the government website. Here is the link for anyone interested in signing.

1.0.08.. Happy New Year

30.10.07. Review of Alan Howard Reads from The Spectator.

27.10.07. Review of Alan Howard Reads from the New Statesman.

18.10.07. Review of Alan Howard Reads from The Guardian.

10.10.07. Front Row discussed the Alan Howard Reads programmes with Julian barnes and Helen Simpson. It is the last item on the agenda. If you missed it go to Radio 4 Front Row, Listen again.

9.10.07. Alan Howard Reads: 3.30 pm BBC R4 Monday 15th October to Friday 19th October 2007.

6.8.07. The South Bank Show's Player King, January 1978.

5.8.07. Happy Birthday, Alan!

5.8.07. Review of Bartholomew Fair by the Glasgow Herald, 3.11.1969.

4.8.07. Coventry Evening Standard article from 26th July 1960. Review of Pleasure and Repentance from the Abbey theatre, Dublin, 18.3.1970.

17.6.07. Link to Alan's CV on the RSC database.

15.5.07. Radio 4, 11.30 am. Sally in discussion on Rebecca's Daughters.

14.5.07. BBC Radio 4, 3.30 pm. Half-Sisters by Sally Beauman, read by Lucy Briers. Anna, living and working in Rome, is disturbed by dreams of her childhood.

4.2.07. Review of Good from the New York Post, 14.10.1982.

3.2.07. Re-print of both Rebecca's Tale and The Sisters Mortland ( aka The Landscape of Love ) this month.

25.11.06. Will's Marathon Man, article by Alix Coleman for the TV Times 28.1.1978.

30.10.06. Poppyland Revisited, BBC 2, review by Sean Day-Lewis, Daily Telegraph, 14.1.85.

30.10.06. Review of Antony and Cleopatra, Jack Tinker, Daily Mail, 12.10.78.

14.10.06. Article. A Roam of my Own, by Sally Beauman, Observer Magazine, 7.4.1991.

17.9.06. Tidied up the Forsyte Saga pages and added, Soames Opera from the Evening Standard, 28.9.1990.

5.8.06. Happy Birthday Alan!

31.7.06. My First Job, interview with Sally Beauman from The Independent, 13.7.06.

2.6.06. Article added, from Scotland on Sunday, 23/4/00: King of kings by Jackie McGlone.

2.6.06. Sally news update. Daphne du Maurier Centenary Conference at Fowey, May 07.

21.4.06. Comments on sequels etc. by Sally Beauman in The Independent of 18.4.06: We've been expecting you, Master Bond...;

9.4.06. Reviews of Kings at the Tricycle theatre, Kilburn, April 1997.

6.4.06. Paintings of actors on stage, including Alan and Ben Kingsley ( sorry, SIR Ben Kingsley) in Waiting For Godot. Alan Howard and Sir Ben Kingsley in Waiting for Godot, oil painting, price on application. The artist, Alan Halliday is featured in the QI Exhibition opening on the 10th March in Oxford running until the 28th April 2006. "Alan draws from life at the theatre or on location and then finishes the paintings in his London studio."

25.3.06. Review of The Landscape of Love from the Sunday Express, 27.2.05.

15.3.06. The Landscape of Love was published in paperback format on 27.2.06.

5.3.06. Sex in the City article from the Saturday Independent Magazine of 24.2.01.

26.2.06. Dark Angel is listed in the Daily Telegraph's top twenty romantic reads. (Daily Telegraph / 11/2/06)

23.2.06. Article from the Guardian on Kings at Edinburgh, Compact imagination of actor and poet, 15.8.91.

18.2.06. BBC7 are repeating The Forsyte Saga, Sun at 1pm and Mon - Fri at 10am, 9pm and 2am.

13.1.06. Farrah, theatre designer. Taken from The Times, 11.1.06.

4.1.06. Congratulations to Christopher Logue on winning the Whitbread Poetry Prize with 'Cold Calls'.

1.1.06. Happy New Year

20.11.05. Article in the Guardian, 26.10.05, about the RSC/British Sound Archive recordings which have been released on a double CD called The Essential Shakespeare.

6.11.05. Article in The Times about moving out of Gloucestershire.

3.10.05. Two reviews of Henry V (UK tour Summer 1976) at the Manchester Opera House from the Oldham Evening Chronicle of 21.7.76, and the Manchester Evening News of 21.7.76.

17.8.05. The Landscape of Love is going to be released in America as The Sisters Mortland. Available under that title in January 06.

17.8.05. Repeat of Foyle's War on Friday 19th August, ITV, 8.30pm.

5.8.05. Happy Birthday Alan!

30.7.05. New release of Victim on 29.7.05 in selected cinemas.

4.7.05. Review: Henry and the Harfleur Rope Trick. Wimbledon News, 30.1.76.

25.6.05. Review / Germany / Der Tagesspiegel, 2-5 Mai, 1979.

31.5.05. The Priory School information and picture. (Thanks to Jaime Gabalda, a Sherlockian from Spain!)

21.5.05. New front page for the Sally Beauman part of the website. Thanks to S.D.J. Pick for the design!

13.5.05. Review of Timon of Athens (audio).

12.5.05. Review of The Revenger's Tragedy from The Observer, 9.10.1966.

28.4.05. Article: Howard's Royal Road, Sunday Times, 28.5.78.

26.4.05. Article from SHE Magazine,July 1990.

24.4.1965. Review of Measure for Measure, Evening Post, 22/23.9.1965

24.4.05. Article by Sally Beauman from The Independent on Sunday of 20.2.05.

19.4.05. Update of font on site to ariel completed. New section on theatre people influenced by seeing productions with Alan in, starting with Declan Donnellan of Cheek By Jowl.

12.4.05. New pictures for The Way of the World. sent in by Brigitte Uhrmann.

11.4.05. Update in News on Sally at the Daphne du Maurier Festival.

27.3.05. Shakespeare in Britain: The Henry VI Trilogy, Shakespeare Quarterly, Spring 1978.

27.3.05. Review of The Landscape of Love audio book from The Guardian.

26.3.05. Review of The Hollow Crown from The Boards, Volume III, Issue 10, 10.3.05.

25.3.05. The Oxford Literary Festival. On 17th April 05, Sally is also appearing with Fiona Shaw and D.J. Taylor to discuss The Writer's Talent: A Blessing or a Curse? Event 119. For more details go to News on Sally's page or to the Oxford Festival Diary.

23.3.05. Review of Landscape of Love from the Irish Independent, 29.1.05.

22.3.05. American reviews of Hamlet, 1970.

22.3.05. Review of The Hollow Crown from The Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, 10.3.05.

21.3.05. Review of The Hollow Crown from The Daily Mail, 11.3.05.

20.3.05. BBC 7 are repeating 'Cry God For Harry' the World Service production starring Alan as Hal and Henry V, with Peter Egan as Hotspur. 10 am and 7 pm, every Sunday.

16.3.05. Review of The Hollow Crown from The British Theatre Guide.

13.3.05. Review of The Hollow Crown, The Sunday Times, 13.3.05

8.3.05. Review from The Stage Online.

4.3.05. Added an article from Chichester 1990.

26.2.05. New look to site! Archive news has been updated and 2004 news moved into its own page.

26.2.05. Sally News - Sally will be appearing at The Oxford Literary Festival on 17th April.

6.2.05. Information on Doing The Inferno, by Sean O'Brien.

4.2.05. Update on The Hollow Crown

2.2.05. Alan is appearing in 'The Hollow Crown' at Stratford from 3rd - 19th March 2005!!!

23.1.05. Ham and High interview on The Landscape of Love.

16.1.05. Additions to Sally section.

15.1.05. News of publicity for The Landscape of Love.

14.1.05. Biography update.

14.1.05. Interview with Sally Beauman, The Independent.

13.1.05. Review of Landscape..., Belfast Telegraph, 8.1.05.

12.1.05. Review of The Landscape of Love, Sunday Telegraph, 9.1.05.

7.1.05. Interview with Sally from BookEnds internet site.

3.1.05. Sally update: A Little Night Reading, Sunday Times, 3.1.05.

3.1.2005. King and Everyman, International Herald Tribune, 17.10.81.

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