Joan White

Aladdin at Salisbury Rep - 1950


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Joan White went to RADA and after joined Tyrone Guthrie’s Cambridge Festival Players. She came to London with them in 1931 and from then until 1954 she worked constantly, first in teenage and child parts on the West End, and later in character roles both in London and in various Repertory companies. Her longest running roles on the West End were as Button in “Housemaster” and Judy Bingley in “Little Ladyship” with Lilli Palmer. In 1936 she was cast as Phoebe in the film of “As You Like It” which starred Elisabeth Bergner and Laurence Olivier. During her appearances in Rep she appeared in Pantos at The Salisbury Playhouse, the Bristol Old Vic where she played the Empress in “Puss in Boots” with Newton Blick. Also in that cast were Donald Sinden and Donald Pleasance playing the two nasty brothers. At Birmingham Rep she played the Fairy in “Aladdin.” She left for America in 1955, and appeared in many productions in Canada and the United States. In New York City, she was in “A Passage to India,” “Sergeant’s Musgrave’s Dance,”and “Stephen D.” as well as appearing in many Hallmark Hall of Fame dramas for television. She ran the Berkshire Playhouse in Stockbridge Massachusetts for five seasons, and taught speech and drama at the University of Washington in Seattle for eight years. She returned to England in 1983 and continued working there, most notably in “Bed” at the National Theatre, and in “The Singing Detective” with Michael Gambon for BBC-TV. In 1994, she retired to Denville Hall, at the age of 85 having spent sixty five years on the boards, almost continuously with a little time out for child-bearing.


Written by Judy Staber - Joan White's daughter.

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