Leeds nostalgia: Acting class in Yorkshire
The caption reads: “Harrogate, 11th December 1969. Mr Peter Bull, the actor and author, with three of his miniature teddy bears at yesterday’s Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon.
“He hopes to hold a rally for teddy bears in London’s Albert Hall. Peter Cecil Bull, DSC (21 March 1912 – 20 May 1984) was a British character actor.
“He was the son of Hammersmith MP Sir William James Bull, who was educated at Winchester College. His first professional stage appearance was in If I Were You at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1933. Bull’s performance as the Russian Ambassador, Alexi de Sadesky, in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is among the best-known of his several dozen film and TV appearances. He both narrated and had a small on-screen role in Scrooge (1951), and portrayed the German ship’s captain in The African Queen (1951).
“Bull was also the first ever actor to portray Pozzo in the English-language version of Beckett’s Waiting For Godot when it opened on 3 August 1955. In the 1970s he ran a small shop just off Notting Hill Gate, selling zodiac-related items. Bull wrote a work on the subject of teddy bears, Bear With Me. He also wrote a non-fiction work about his experiences during World War II as commander of a Tank Landing Craft (LCT), To Sea in a Sieve.”
The second picture shows one of Yorkshire’s best loved stage actors, Wilfred Pickles, who made a return to the legitimate theatre at Bradford Alhambra in Gaslight in May 1968 after a 10 year absence.