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date: 21 January 2020

Thesiger, Ernestfree

CBE 1960

Born 15 Jan. 1879; s of late Hon. Sir Edward Thesiger, KCB; m 1917, Janette Mary Fernie Ranken; died 14 Jan. 1961



Marlborough. Studied at the Slade School of Art as a painter


first appeared on the stage with Sir George Alexander at the St James’ Theatre, 1909. Served European War: joined the Queen Victoria Rifles, 1914; wounded, 1 Jan. 1915; discharged, May 1915. Returned to the stage in A Little Bit of Fluff, playing in it for 1300 performances; other parts, Cameron in Mary Rose, the Dauphin in St Joan, Dr Marshall in A Sleeping Clergyman, Sir Orpheus Midlander in Geneva, King Charles II in In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, etc.; Voltaire, in Crisis in Heaven; The Chief Statistician, in Under the Sycamore Tree; John Cadmus in Marching Song; Polonius, 1955 (on tour, Russia, London); in the Hidden King, Edinburgh Fest., 1957; Talbot, in Mary Stuart, Edinburgh Fest., and Old Vic, London, 1958; Vigeon, in The Edwardians, Saville, 1959; The Last Joke, 1960. Films: The Old Dark House, The Night of the Party, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Miracle Man, They Drive by Night, The Lamp still Burns, Henry V, Caesar and Cleopatra, Beware of Pity, The Winslow Boy, Quartet The Man in the White Suit, Laughter in Paradise, The Robe, Value for Money, Who dun it, Three Men in a Boat, The Horse’s Mouth, Battle of the Sexes, Sons and Lovers


Practically True, 1927; Adventures in Embroidery, 1941




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