TV AND THEATRE NOTICES

THEY’LL ARRIVE TOMORROW: Irving Theatre, London

“Mr PETER WYNGARDE, as the commanding officer, makes perhaps the strongest impression.” Theatre World

YOUNG

PETER as ‘The Ghost of a Young Man’ in The Enchanted

THE ENCHANTED: The Arts Theatre, London

“…PETER WYNGARDE portrays the ghost with a style and grace rarely witnessed in the theatre. He is as attractive facially, vocally and artistically as a young Olivier…” Plays and Players

NO LAUGHING MATTER: The Arts Theatre, London

“…PETER WYNGARDE, too, manages to forget his Anglo-Saxon reserve and give full life and conviction in his portrayal of the outraged husband…” The Times

THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN: The Royal Court Theatre, London

“…PETER WYNGARDE is an attractive, well-voiced rogue of a lover…” Plays and Players

SOUTH

As Jan in South

 SOUTH: TV (UK)

 “I wish I had more space to write about this play, but needless to say, PETER WYNGARDE as Jan Wicziewsky, the man who couldn’t talk of his love like other men, gave a stunningly brilliant performance; controlled and deliberately pitched.” Edwin Clarke – The Daily Mail

CYRANO DE BERGERAC: Bristol Old Vic

PETER WYNGARDE’s Cyrano must be the best performance he has given. He has the grand romantic manner that makes a truly great Cyrano, and he makes this hero – whose only weakness is his dread of his own ugliness – dominate the stage.” The Daily Telegraph

“…each character was decisively and sympathetically established in this persuasive production by actor PETER WYNGARDE, and the relationships between them were responsibly handled in the fluctuating mood of this antipathetic household.Plays and Players

“This is largely a one-part play, and PETER WYNGARDE is a Cyrano who is sure to carry this production to success. He has the authority, the individualism, and the impeccable pride of the man set apart from other fellows.” The Daily Telegraph

 THE TAMING OF THE SHREW: The Bristol Old Vic

PETER WYNGARDE was romantic, dashing and in perfect control as Petruchio. He made a great play with changes of speed in his voice, and these changes were highly effective. He and Patricia Heal as Kate were beautifully matched, and with such a fine pair at centre stage little could go wrong.” Theatre World

 THE PURITAN AND THE CAVALIER: TV (USA)

“…Mr PETER WYNGARDE was completely captivating in the brilliance of his characterization.” The New York Times

DUEL

With Vivien Leigh in Duel of Angels

DUEL OF ANGELS: The Apollo Theatre, London. The Helen Hayes Theatre, New York.

“The stage is bright when PETER WYNGARDE, the male counterpart of evil is working. He is a virtuoso actor with a mesmerizing sixth sense for timing.” The Chicago Herald

PETER WYNGARDE cuts a cynical, bright figure as Count Marcellus, flamboyant libertine who unwittingly becomes Miss Leigh’s accomplice in deluding Mary Ure as Lucile. He has a distinctive stage voice, reminiscent of Jose Ferrer.” The Times

SIEGE

PETER (far right) as Peter Piatow in Siege of Sidney Street

THE SIEGE OF SIDNEY STREET. Film

“Both as the icy fanatic and the passionate lover, PETER WYNGARDE is utterly convincing. The dark brown voice can also be as warm as a caress; ruthless as a razor slash.”

The Daily Telegraph

NIGHT OF THE EAGLE (A.K.A. Burn, Witch, Burn)

 In a compelling central performance, PETER WYNGARDE completely sells Norman Taylor as a no-nonsense, self-assured sceptic who is determined to confront and combat superstition wherever he finds it, and his battle of wills with his wife is both tense and believable. Wyngarde was a well-established TV actor and already had horror credentials before appearing in this British classic, delivering more than a few shocks as the ghostly presence of Peter Quint in Jack Claytons The Innocents. His performance in the final sequence is spectacular, his whole body conveying sheer terror as he is pursued through the deserted corridors of the college.” The British Film Institute

THE WIDOWS OF JAFFA: TV (UK)

“This play was written with fire and insight, and distinguished too, by a beautiful performance by Mr PETER WYNGARDE, whose voice is a gift even rarer than his striking looks.” The Sunday Times

 SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Illustrious Client – TV (UK)

PETER WYNGARDE as Baron von Gruner delivers: he is charming and attractive, cunning, sadistic, deadly as a poisonous snake, while moving cat-like around the room. The scene were Holmes confronts von Gruner is a delight, and it’s here that Wyngarde shows the best of his acting ability. This alone is worth the whole film!” The Times

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF GALLAGHER: A Case of Murder: TV (USA)

“When I saw the first cut of Gallagher, I thought PETER WYNGARDE was absolutely great. Really, truly. The people who saw him in this picture flipped over his work. He came through like a comet blazing across the sky, so help me. I’m not kidding! The producer (Ron Miller), said he wouldn’t allow the cutter to touch any of Peter’s scenes – it was too beautiful a performance.” Walt Disney

 MOTHER ADAM: British Tour

PETER WYNGARDE gives a performance of near genius – a great actor in the very best sense of the word.” Harold Hobson – Theatre Critic

 “…as for PETER WYNGARDE, in this play he approaches with a quiet, unassuming step, very close to greatness.” The Times

KING8

As the King in The King and I

THE KING AND I: The Adelphi Theatre, London.

PETER WYNGARDE touches depths of understanding not always encountered in a musical. This is a spectacle indeed.” The Daily Express

 “…PETER WYNGARDE is personal, charming and finally moving. It wouldn’t surprise me if the show announced limited run stretches on and on well into the New Year, and beyond.” The Daily Telegraph

 PRESENT LAUGHTER: Theatre Royal, London

WYNGARDE himself bears no relation to his famous Jason King, with the possible exception of his immaculate wardrobe. Instead he produces some masterful touches sometimes by a word, an action, or as in one possible case, an expression.” The London Evening Standard

FLASH GORDON: Film

“Regardless of whether you’re a fan of science-fiction or not, those who delight in studying the diverse acting talents of Mr PETER WYNGARDE and his multi-faceted performances must agree that he did a marvellous job in creating the malevolent, sadistic, and incredibly evil Klytus without the benefit of facial expressions. His totally chilling inflection and faultless performance in this most challenging of roles is yet another shining example of Wyngarde’s tremendous acting ability.” Empire

DOCTOR WHO – Planet of Fire: TV

“Top honours for this story must go to PETER WYNGARDE, oozing faith, fire and fanaticism in a quite brilliant performance.” BBC Doctor Who Magazine

 THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES – The Three Gables: TV

PETER WYNGARDE played Langdale Pike – a Victorian Nigel Dempster in ‘The Three Gables’, which opened the first season of ‘The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes’. As always, Peter was distinguished by his rapier wit and style. A memorable performance.” June Wyndham-Davis – Producer, ‘The Three Gables’.


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One thought on “TV AND THEATRE NOTICES

  1. Looking at the quality and mix of reviews just serves to remind us what a fantastic talent the man has. Be it big screen, small screen, stage or the recording studio this guy just has “it”. Personally I’m never sure whether I prefer him as the good guy, the bad guy or the funny guy but I know one thing I’d hate to share a scene with him! The looks and voice alone would kill me but you need way more than than that to reach his standard. Thanks PW.

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