A prolific and highly knowledgeable source of theatrical history whose fondness for entertaining anecdotes sometimes disguises his genuine scholarship, Sheridan Morley's profile - already unmissable and increasingly resembling that of his late father Robert - will be raised even further by the publication of his memoirs ("Asking for Trouble," Hodder & Stoughton, 2002) on Nov. 7.
Sheridan will make a guest appearance at the Theatre Museum (1 to 2 PM on Sunday, Nov. 10) to publicize this event, following a launch of the book at the same venue a few days earlier.
Morley is one of the most prolific of West End theatre critics, holding as he does a portfolio of reviewing jobs for the International Herald Tribune, the New Statesman, Teletext and The Lady magazine. He also contributes a monthly column to the national edition of Playbill Magazine.
He is also presenter of the Radio 2 Arts program, has just directed Judy Campbell (the original chanteuse of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, which she is still singing 61 years later) at the Jermyn Street Theatre, and will be directing her again in Where Are the Songs We Sang? at the King's Head, Islington in December (details to be confirmed).
He is currently appearing on television in "Judge John Deed" and will be directing a revival of Enid Bagnold's 1950s classic, The Chalk Garden, for Bill Kenwright in the West End in March.
—By Paul Webb Theatrenow