David Horlock 1942-1990 Theatre Director
David Horlock attended the School from 1953 through 1961. He was a stalwart supporter of school drama and starred in several of the annual productions put on by Messrs Wake and Marwood. He left on a State Scholarship to study Greek at Hertford College, Oxford where, we might assume, he honed his acting and directing skills as adjuncts to his classical studies. Whether or not he went into Rep for the next few years, I cannot ascertain, but by 1970 we find him at the Bristol Old Vic as the Assistant Stage Manager, soon becoming an Associate Director.
He then became Artistic Director of the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham, in 1978 where he mounted the first revival of Noel Coward’s epic work, Cavalcade, with a cast of 350 professional and amateur actors; this was hailed as an outstanding achievement. He was then appointed Artistic Director of the Salisbury Playhouse where, in addition to his other directorial assignments, he produced a number of stage adaptations, including Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, The Woodlanders and Tess; Jane Austen’s Emma and Pride and Prejudice; Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.
He directed many notable productions including Shaw’s Man and Superman, the Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, Jamaica Inn, Martin Sherman’s Bent and Noel and Gertie – Sheridan Morley’s musical celebration of the work of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, which on to a long and successful run at the Comedy Theatre in London. By the time of his early tragic death in a car accident at the age of 48 in 1990 he had amassed an impressive CV of theatrical productions:
The Taming of the Shrew 1970 – 1971, Theatre Royal, Bath. Director, Time and Time Again 1973 – 1974, Little Theatre, Bristol. Director, Equus 1974 – 1975, Bristol Old Vic. Director, Krapp’s Last Tape 1974 – 1975, New Vic, Bristol. Director, Wait Until Dark 1974 – 1975, Little Theatre, Bristol. Director, A Christmas Carol 1974 – 1975, Little Theatre, Bristol. Director, the Hollow Crown 1973 – 1974, New Vic, Bristol. Director, Tarantara – Tarantara! 1974 – 1975, New Vic, Bristol. Director, Romeo and Juliet 1974 – 1975, Little Theatre, Bristol. Director, Habeas Corpus 1975 – 1976, Bristol Old Vic. Director, French Without Tears 1975 – 1976, Little Theatre, Bristol. Director, Owl and the Pussycat Went To See 1975 – 1976, New Vic, Bristol. Director, Crocodiles in Cream 1975 – 1976, New Vic, Bristol. Director, the Birthday Party 1975 – 1976, New Vic, Bristol. Director, A Taste of Honey 1976 – 1977, Little Theatre, Bristol.
Director, Crocodiles in Cream 1975 – 1976, Mermaid Theatre, London.
Director, Mrs Warren’s Profession 1976 – 1977, Bristol Old Vic. Director, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner 1976 – 1977, Little Theatre, Bristol. Director, Living Together 1976 – 1977, Little Theatre, Bristol.
Director Cavalcade 1978-9 Side By Side by Sondheim 1978 – 1979, Redgrave Theatre, Farnham
Director, Cyrano de Bergerac, Salisbury Playhouse ended 1983, Salisbury Playhouse. Director, Double Cut, Salisbury Playhouse ended 13th October 1984, Salisbury Playhouse. Director, the Duchess of Malfi, Salisbury Arts Theatre Limited February – 8th March 1986, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury. Director, Mother Goose, Salisbury Playhouse December 1986 – January 1987, Salisbury Playhouse. Director, Man and Superman, Salisbury Playhouse 22nd February – 17th March 1990, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury