Norman Beaton

(1934—1994) actor

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(b. Georgetown, Guyana, 31 Oct. 1934; d. Georgetown, 13 Dec. 1994) Actor who trained in London as a teacher before taking up a stage career, and was active in establishing groups at the beginning of the movement for black theatre in the UK, such as the Black Theatre of Brixton (1974). He made his debut at the National Theatre in 1971 and quickly established a reputation as Britain's leading black actor, in particular in plays by Mustapha Matura such as Play Mas (1974) and Rum and Coca Cola (1976) for the Royal Court Theatre, and The Coup (1991) for the National. He appeared in a great range of plays, by Beckett, Pinter, Brecht, Molière and Shakespeare, for example, and was especially noted for his comic flair. A composer, singer and musician, he also enjoyed a successful radio and television career, appearing in several long-running TV shows. He wrote an autobiography, Beaton but Unbowed (1986).

From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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