Clive’s keen on Greene
September 24, 2007
ACTING in his own adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel Our Man In Havana, at Windsor Theatre Royal, Clive Francis has pleasant first-hand memories of the famous writer.
He was in the premiere of The Return Of Raffles, the last play Greene wrote, and recalled him coming to rehearsals.
He told me: “Of course we were all in awe of him but he was really a shy man and he loved actors.”
It was appearing in a stage version of Greene’s Travels With My Aunt which gave Clive the impetus to adapt Our Man In Havana himself.
He said, “It’s got thrills, comedy, a love story, everything you could want from an evening in the theatre.”
He and the other three members of the cast play 25 characters between them and they perform without scene changes – “so you need a lot of concentration”.
He has previously done stage versions of The Hound Of The Baskervilles and Three Men In A Boat, and is now working on a musical version of Alice In Wonderland.
As an actor he has covered all the bases from Shakespeare to West End comedy.
His colleagues in Our Man In Havana are Simon Shepherd from Peak Practice, Kelly Adams, from Holby City and, stepping in at short notice for an unwell Russell Boulter, Hywel Morgan.
The production is at Windsor until Saturday, September 29. For tickets call 01753 853888.