Mark On Stage
By 1967 Mark had started a parallel career as an actor starring in his first musical THE GOLDEN YEARS, based on the life story of Ireland 's celebrated composer Percy French premiered appropriately enough in Dublin . The picture on the left shows Mark with Milo O'Shea. The show transferred to London 's Palace Theatre in 1969, with a new title, PHIL THE FLUTER and with Mark now playing the lead alongside Stanley Baxter and Evelyn Laye. So by the end of the 1960's the transition to actor was complete.
The mid 1970's saw Mark starring in his first West End play as ‘Arthur Drake' in CONDUCT UNBECOMING, [pictured left] a role he played for fifteen months at London 's Queens Theatre, followed by a six month run in Australia . Other West End work includes ‘Jack Chesney' in the play CHARLEY'S AUNT [pictured right] at the Adelphi with John Inman, ‘Jack' in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the London Palladium, ‘Bruce Granit' in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and the ‘Phantom' and ‘M Andre' in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA both at Her Majestys, ‘Gus' in CATS at the New London Theatre, ‘Jack Connor' in CHARLIE GIRL, and ‘Vittorio Vidal' in SWEET CHARITY both at the Victoria Palace.
Mark is seen below from left to right in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY with Keith Mitchell and Julia McKenzie and with Nicholas Parsons, Dora Bryan, Paul Nicholas and Cyd Charisse in CHARLIE GIRL [CD available on CD page of this website.]
And now working from left to right in our West End roundup of Wynter appearances Mark is pictured as ‘Monsieur Andre' in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA then in the famous CATS makeup and finally in even more make up as the ‘Phantom' himself!
Regionally Mark appeared in the 21 st Anniversary season at the Chichester Festival Theatre as the title role in HENRY V [pictured below left], ‘Viscount Barking' in Bernard Shaws little seen ON THE ROCKS No 10 DOWNING STREET, as ‘Captain Dick Thoroughfare' [pictured below right with Femi Taylor] in Sandy Wilson's musical VALMOUTH with Bertice Reading, Fenella Fielding, Doris Hare and Robert Helpmann and as ‘Gibson' in a new play, CAVELL with Joan Plowright.
Mark returned to Chichester a few years later for a very successful production of ROBERT AND ELIZABETH where Mark played ‘Robert Browning' and Gaynor Miles was ‘Elizabeth' [pictured below] was recorded and is available on the CD page of this website.
The next excerpts from Mark's photo album show CANDIDE and AS YOU LIKE IT which played in repertoire at the Edinburgh International Festival. From the left Mark is Maximilian in CANDIDE, then a photo rarity – Mark in drag as the Slave Girl in CANDIDE proudly displaying his large pineapples! The far right picture is Mark as ‘First Lord of the Forest ' in AS YOU LIKE IT.
Mark has also played a season at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre as ‘Elyot' in PRIVATE LIVES [pictured below], ‘Captain Grouch' in VOLPONE and THE SLY FOX, ‘Joe Mulvaney' in WHILE THE SUN SHINES and ‘Dearth' in DEAR BRUTUS.
Other regional work includes seasons at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon as ‘Dr Livesey' in TREASURE ISLAND, ‘Horace' in SCHOOL FOR WIVES with Terry Scott and ‘Hans' in HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON [below left] both at the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford, the ‘King' in THE KING AND I [pictured in iconic pose below right] and a favourite appearance for Mark was as ‘Professor Higgins' [below middle] in MY FAIR LADY in Scotland.
In repertory Mark has played ‘Macbeth' in MACBETH at Oldham Rep, ‘Don Baker' in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE at Northampton Theatre Royal and ‘Trelawny' in TRELAWNY OF THE WELLS at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Overseas, he has appeared in THE GOLDEN YEARS in Dublin , CONDUCT UNBECOMING in Australia , SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM in Toronto , a tour of the Far and Middle East with OH, COWARD! and in the title role of BARNUM in Johannesburg . Mark is pictured below walking the tightrope during a performance and then with Liberace [left] after a show.
Mark's pantomime roles began with the title role in Cole Porter's ALADDIN in Glasgow and Cliff Richard is pictured with Mark on a visit up to see the show. Other panto roles include ‘Robin' in ROBIN HOOD AND HIS MERRY MEN at Coventy [below right] and ‘Colin' in THE PIED PIPER at the Bradford Alhambra, [pictured below middle] with Freddie ‘Parrot Face' Davies.
However the pantomime highlight has to be playing the home of the big family show – the London Palladium in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the London Palladium with Frankie Howerd and Dora Bryan.
Mark's more up to date pantomime roles include more contemporary roles like ‘Captain Hook' [right] and ‘Mr Darling' in PETER PAN and ‘Abanazar' in ALADDIN.
Mark has toured nationally in a variety of shows as ‘Emile de Beque' in SOUTH PACIFIC, ‘Monsieur Richard' in Ken Hill's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, ‘Tybalt' in ROMEO & JULIET, ‘Roland Maule' in PRESENT LAUGHTER, ‘Teddy Deakin' [below left] in Arnold Ridley's wonderfully reliable comedy thriller THE GHOST TRAIN, ‘Bella Zangler' in the hit musical CRAZY FOR YOU [middle], reached for his razor to shave his head for three tours as ‘Daddy Warbucks' [far right] in ANNIE and also played crusty, irascible ‘Mr Bennett' in a national tour of Jane Austen's classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a role he mastered long ago in real life at home in Sussex with his wife and three children!
Earlier in 2005 Mark toured around the UK playing the crusty, irascible 'Mr Bennet' in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a role he mastered long ago in real life at home in Sussex with his wife and three children.
Review of Pride & Prejudice - Click here to read