Born in South-Africa in 1934, Ronald Harwood moved to London in 1951 to pursue a career in the theater. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he joined the Shakespeare Company of Sir Donald Wolfit, one of the last ‘actor-manager’ of Great-Britain. From 1953 to 1958, Harwood became the personal dresser of Sir Donald. He would later draw from this experience in his play ‘The Dresser’ and write a biography ‘Sir Donald Wolfit CBE: His life and work in the Unfashionable Theatre’.
In 1960, he started a new career as a writer and would prove to be quite prolific, penning plays, novels and non-fiction books. He also worked often as a screenwriter but he seldom wrote original material directly for the screen, rather acting as an adapter sometimes of his own work.
One of the recurring themes in Harwood’s work is his fascination for the stage, its artists and artisans as displayed in the aforementionned ‘The Dresser’, his plays ‘After the Lions’ (about Sarah Bernard… read more