Cambridge's leading amateur theatre production company

Established 1981

Clive Young

Clive's debut with Bawds was in TWELFTH NIGHT (as Sir Toby Belch).  Other appearances include THE TINDERBOX & OTHER STORIES (Old Albert)  DAVID COPPERFIELD (pictured above as Mr Dick) and UNDER MILK WOOD (Captain Cat & others).

Like many, Clive's acting and singing talent first showed itself at school in Cheltenham when he appeared in HMS PINAFORE (Dick Deadeye) and TWELFTH NIGHT (Malvolio). In 1951 he acted with his first adult company in ST JOAN (Warwick's Page) at Cheltenham's Civic Playhouse, an amateur theatre hailed by George Bernard Shaw himself as 'trumping the Civic Playhouse of Industrial Bradford'. A string of parts followed: MURDER AT THE VICARAGE (Denis), WHO IS SYLVIA? (Sidney), ROMEO AND JULIET (Tybalt) for the British Empire Shakespeare Society,  ROSE WITHOUT A THORN (Thomas Culpepper), MADAME LOUISE (Curly), CINDERELLA (Demon Frenzy), OUR TOWN (George), RELUCTANT HEROES (Morgan), THE CONFIDENTIAL CLERK (Colby Simpkin), GLAMOROUS NIGHT (Anthony Allen), MESSAGE FOR MARGARET (Robert Chalcot), THE MAN OF DESTINY (General Napoleon Bonaparte), DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Peter Van Dahn), HOTEL PARADISO (Georges), MACBETH (Ross), THE COUNTRY WIFE (Pinchwife), THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANT (David Hoylake-Johnson), GETTING MARRIED (Alderman Collins), WILL ANY GENTLEMAN? (Henry Stirling) and THE BRIDES OF MARCH (Ken Scudamore).

From 1957 Clive also played a number of leading roles in musicals at The Opera House (now The Everyman Theatre) in Cheltenham: THE GONDOLIERS (Guiseppe), WHITE HORSE INN (Leopold). CALL ME MADAM (Kenneth Gibson), OKLAHOMA! (Curly), THE MERRY WIDOW (St Brioche), SHOWBOAT (Gaylord Ravenal), THE DANCING YEARS (Franzel), BRIGADOON (Tommy Albright) and THE GYPSY PRINCESS (Prince Peter). During this period Clive also appeared in three OLD TYME MUSIC HALL productions and won the coveted Rose Bowl for lieder singing at the Cheltenham Open Music Festival three times (studying with Ursula Hughes in company with a young Dame Felicity Lott, whom he beat in a Rose Bowl final!)
In 1966 his business career took him to Lincoln where he confined himself mostly to musicals at the Theatre Royal: THE DESERT SONG (Red Shadow), SONG OF NORWAY (Father Grieg), MY FAIR LADY (Alfred Doolittle), OLIVER! (Bill Sykes), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Max Detweiler), THE MOST HAPPY FELLA! (Tony) and CAMELOT (Lancelot). Plays include A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Signor Chapwys) in Lincoln Cathedral and PRESENT LAUGHTER (Gary Essendine).

Coming to Cambridge in 1974 Clive immediately appeared with Cambridge Amateur Operatic Society at the Arts Theatre, reprising his role of Guiseppe in THE GONDOLIERS and TRIAL BY JURY (Counsel for the plaintiff), THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Samuel), CARMEN (Dancaire), THE MIKADO (Poo-Bah), THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD (Jack Point) THE MERRY WIDOW (Vicomte Cascada) followed. For Festival Players at the ADC and Mumford theatres Clive has performed in OKLAHOMA! (Judd), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Captain von Trapp), SALAD DAYS (Sir Clamsby Williams) twice, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN  (Wilson and Chief Sitting Bull) twice, CABARET (Ernst Ludwig), BRIGADOON (Tommy Albright),  GUYS AND DOLLS (Rusty Charlie), KISS ME KATE (Fred/Petruchio), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Tevye), CAMELOT (King Arthur), WIZARD OF OZ (The Wizard/Uncle Henry), GIGI (Dupresne). OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Ringmaster) and ANYTHING GOES (Elisha Whitney). He also played Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY for Pied Pipers at the Arts Theatre and returned to straight drama as Norman in ON GOLDEN POND with Combined Actors, HARLEQUINADE (George Chudleigh) and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (Nonno - Jonathan Coffin).

Directing credits include MY FAIR LADY, SOUTH PACIFIC, CALL ME MADAM, OLIVER!, SWEET CHARITY, CAROUSEL, OKLAHOMA!, CABARET (all for Festival Players), RUDDIGORE (for Cambridge Amateur Operatic Society), SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, OUR TOWN, THE MEMORY OF WATER, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE WEIR for Combined Actors of Cambridge and TWELFTH NIGHT for Combined/Bawds.

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