Remembering Howard Davies: a note from Bristol Old Vic

Howard Davies was admired as the pre-eminent theatre director of his generation and always held Bristol in the greatest affection, having studied here at University and developed his craft at Bristol Old Vic in the 1970s and 1980s.  

There has been an outpouring of tributes from the theatre world this week after the huge shock of his death. His work will stand the test of time, as Tom Morris, Bristol Old Vic Artistic Director, remembers his friend and colleague fondly: 

“Howard was not only a great Bristolian talent but a brilliant, generous and inspiring colleague. When I began working at the National Theatre as Associate Director in 2004, Howard and I shared an office. He was the Rolls Royce director.  I was the eccentric moped, imported from the experimental world of the Battersea Arts Centre. The National Theatre was a vast and intimidating place but Howard was incredibly welcoming and supportive of everything I tried to do there. He had a knack for ignoring all distractions and getting to the point. His direction was like that too. Absolutely everything was to the purpose. That’s why he got such wonderful work from the actors and creative teams he worked with. He was the distillation of pure theatrical intelligence."

Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida, directed by Howard Davies at Bristol Old Vic during the 1971-72 season. 
This production starred Tom Baker and John Nettles.
Credit: Image courteousy of University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

 

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by Howard Davies at the Little Theatre, Bristol Old Vic during the 1972-73 season. 
This production starred Pete Postlethwaite.
Credit: Photographer Derek Balmer. Image courteousy of University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck, directed by Howard Davies at the New Vic, Bristol Old Vic during the 1972-73 season. 
This production also starred Pete Postlethwaite.
Credit: Photographer Derek Balmer. Image courteousy of University of Bristol Theatre Collection.