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Bateson, Timothy Biography




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Timothy Dingwall Bateson
3 April 1926, London, England, UK
16 September 2009, England, UK
Prolific British character actor, adept at eccentric or whimsical impersonations, particularly of Dickensian characters. The son of law society president Sir Dingwall Bateson, he won a scholarship to Wadham College, where he trained for acting with the Oxford University Dramatic Society. Straight out of college, he was handpicked by 'Alberto Cavalcanti' (qv) for the role of Lord Verisopht in the Ealing production of _The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)_ (qv). Bateson made his theatrical debut at the Old Vic the following year in "Twelfth Night". He was highly acclaimed for his performance as Lucky in "Waiting for Godot", which he first performed at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955. Nothing, if not versatile, Bateson turned his considerable talents to a wide variety of diverse assignments, ranging from Shakespearean classics (_Richard III (1955)_ (qv)) to social drama _The Guinea Pig (1948)_ (qv)) and lightweight farce (_The Mouse That Roared (1959)_ (qv)). He was a longstanding member of the BBC radio repertory company and latterly much in demand for voice-over work, which included providing the voice of Kreacher in _Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)_ (qv). Television saw him in small roles as scientists, police officers, clerks and the like, in numerous popular shows from _"The Avengers" (1961)_ (qv) and _"Z Cars" (1962)_ (qv) to _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv).
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-   Appeared in the first British performance of 'Samuel Beckett' (qv)'s "Waiting for Godot" in 1955.


-   Theatre (1955): Played Lucky in the British premier of Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' at the Arts Theatre, London in 1955.

-   His theatre credits include: Robert Faulconbridge in "King John" by 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv) , directed by 'Michael Benthall' (qv) (Old Vic Theatre, London, 1953)

-   (November 1962) He acted in Thomas Dekker, William Rowley and John Ford's play, "The Witch of Edmonton," at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with Ruby Head, Melvyn Hayes, William Lucas, Edward Jewesbury, Erik Chitty, Ronald Hermand and Juan Moreno in the cast. Lord Bernard Miles KBE was director.

-   (2007) He acted in William Wycherley's play, "The Country Wife," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Toby Stephens, Patricia Hodge, David Haig, Fiona Glascott, Jo Stone-Fewings, Janet Brown, David Shaw-Parker, Nicholas Day, Lucy Tregear, Liz Crowther, John Hopkins, and Tristan Beint in the cast. Jonathan Kent was director.

-   (1955 - March 1956) He acted in Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot," first at the Arts Theatre Club in London, England and then at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with Peter Woodthorpe, Paul Daneman, Peter Bull, Hugh Burden, Michael Walker, Richard Dare, William Squire, Raymond Mistovski, and Leonard Cracknell in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (1955) He acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "Mourning Becomes Electra," at the Arts Theatre Club in London, England with Mary Ellis, Mary Morris, Joseph O'Connor, John Schlesinger, Ronald Lewis, and Ronald Barker in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (October 1948) He acted in Christopher Marlowe's play, "Doctor Faustus," at the Old Vic at the New Theatre in London, England with Mark Dignam, Cedric Hardwicke, Robert Eddison, Peter Copley, Donald Sinden (played Scholar, Envy, & Martino), Norman Ayrton, Nigel Green, Penelope Munday, Harry Andrews, Nigel Green, Pauline Jameson, June Brown, and Faith Brook in the cast. John Burrell was director.

-   (1949) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with Godfrey Tearle, Diana Wynyard, Harry Andrews, Leon Quartermaine, Paul Hardwick (Sergeant/Siward), George Rose, William Squire, Jill Bennett (Fleance/2nd Apparition), Margaret Courtenay, Michael Bates, Robert Hardy, Edmund Purdom, and Robert Shaw (Angus) in the cast. Anthony Quayle was director.

-   (1949) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado About Nothing," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with Anthony Quayle, Diana Wynyard, Harry Andrews, Leon Quartermaine, Paul Hardwick, George Rose, William Squire, Penelope Munday, Jill Bennett, Margaret Courtenay, Michael Bates, Robert Hardy, Edmund Purdom, and Robert Shaw in the cast. John Gielgud was director. Mariano Andreu was designer.

-   (1998) He acted in William Shakespeare and Orson Welles' play, "Chimes at Midnight," in a Chichester Festival Production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, West Sussex, England with Simon Callow, Keith Baxter, Sarah Badel, Tam Williams, Rowland Davies, Rebecca Egan, John Warner, and David Weston in the cast. Patrick Garland was director.

-   (1951) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Antony and Cleopatra," at the St. James Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Robert Helpmann, Norman Wooland, Desmond Llewellyn, Maxine Audley, Peter Cushing, Wilfrid Hyde White, Jill Bennett, Richard Goolden, Niall MacGinnis, Esmond Knight, Edmund Pardom, Clifford Williams, and Cy Grant in the cast.

-   (1961) He acted in Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's musical, "The Fantasticks," at the Apollo Theatre in London, England with Stephanie Voss, Terence Cooper, Peter Gilmore, John Wood, John Cater, and Melvyn Hayes in the cast.

-   (1962) He played the Mad Hatter, the mouse, and one of the card painters in the Caedmon audio version of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland".

-   (1998) He played Mr. Beaver in a Focus on the Family Radio Theatre presentation of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".

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