MARINA SIRTIS THEATRE CREDITS
The Case of Fedya Protasov (Drama by Leo Tolstoy) Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1975-76
He Who Gets Slapped (Drama by Leonid Andreyev) Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1975-76
The Boys from Syracuse (Musical Comedy by George Abbott, based on Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors) Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1975-76
The Male Animal (Comedy Drama by James Thurber) Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1975-76
Hamlet (by William Shakespeare) as Ophelia, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Artistic Director: Nicholas Young, 1976
Jane Eyre (story by Charlotte Bronte) as Blanche, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Artistic Director: Nicholas Young, 1976-1977
French Without Tears (by Terence Rattigan), as Jacqueline, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Artistic Director: Nicholas Young, 1976-1977. A comedy by Terence Rattigan. In France, several young men take a crash course to learn French for entry into the diplomatic corps, but have difficulty concentrating in the presence of the attractive women.
What the Butler Saw (by Joe Orton), as Geraldine Barclay, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Artistic Director: Nicholas Young, 1976-1977. A farce by Joe Orton where psychiatrist Dr. Prentice intends to seduce his potential secretary, but finds himself in rapidly unfolding events, including surprise visits by his wife, a police constable, and a government psychiatrist ready for site inspection.
Privates on Parade (by Peter Nichols, Music by Denis King), Understudy for Sylvia Morgan, leading female character, Royal Shakespeare Company, Director: Michael Blakemore, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 2Feb78-Sep78, Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes. A musical comedy about a fictional song and dance unit stationed in Singapore and Malaysia in the 1940’s.
Snow White as Snow White, Doncaster Theatre, Doncaster, 1981. A classic telling of the Snow White fairy tale.
Not Now, Darling (by John Chapman and Ray Cooney), Royal Theatre, Northampton, 1981. A madcap farce where fur store co-owner, Crouch, attempts to keep matters in order as co-owner, the philandering Bodley, gets caught up in antics following the sale of a fur coat for an intended mistress.
Godspell (Music and Lyrics by Steven Schwartz, Book by John-Michael Tebelak), as Mary, Royal Theatre, Northampton, 1982. A modern musical based on the gospel by St. Matthew.
Intimacy (by Michael Almaz based on story by Jean-Paul Sartre), as Rirette, Artaud Theatre Company, Director: Michael Almaz, Café Theatre, London, c. 1984. A drama about the love-hate relationship between two lesbian partners, Lulu and Rirette, in Paris shortly before World War II. (Also the longest running London Fringe play with over 3,000 performances from 1981 to 1996.)
Falkland Sound, Voces de Malvinas (by Louisa Page, based on David Tinker's 'A Message From the Falklands' and research by the Royal Court Company), Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Director: Ivor Benjamin; 2Mar84-17Mar84; An ensemble drama, a picture of all sides of war, presented in two acts. In a review for the ‘Belgrade Post’ by Richard Edmonds, he wrote that “Marina Sirtis, Linda Bassett, and Amelda Brown joined the actors already mentioned (in new roles) and all of them held us spellbound.” Robin Thornber of ‘The Guardian’ wrote that the people portrayed by the Belgrade Theatre cast "are giftily characterised by the studio company, directed by Ivor Benjamin, in the Venue at the Coventry Belgrade."
Stags and Hens (by Willy Russell), as Linda, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Director: Ivor Benjamin; 7Jun84–23Jun84 Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes. A comedy drama by Willy Russell. The hen party for Linda and stag party for Dave accidentally wind up being held at the same working class disco. The story takes place in the restrooms as both parties worry Linda will leave with an old flame who has re-appeared.
Murder at the Vicarage (Barbara Toy and Moie Charles based on story by Agatha Christie), as Anne Protheroe, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Director: Ivor Benjamin; 24Jan85-9Feb85, Running Time: 2.5 hours. A mystery for Miss Marple to solve when Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the vicar’s study at St. Mary Mead.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (story by Victor Hugo) as Esmerelda, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Director: Rob Bettinson; 21Feb85-9Mar85, Running Time: 3 hours 45 minutes. The sympathetic classic story of the misshapen Quasimodo, the bell ringer of the Notre Dame cathedral, his friendship and unrequited love for the gypsy beauty, Esmeralda as portrayed by Marina Sirtis. Christopher Thompson writing for the ‘Times Literary Supplement’ found Marina Sirtis to be the 'perfect Esmeralda'. Thompson wrote that the production has "an energetic cast headed by David Gant…and Marina Sirtis as a perfect Esmeralda, carries the audience with them through to a powerful climax." Ann FitzGerald writing for a local Coventry paper wrote that "the frail, glowing, good looks of Marina Sirtis’ Esmeralda sufficiently point the contrast…she gives a more satisfying performance as the innocent prisoner, a semi-wild thing, trapped in the iron rigidity of that society."
Three Women. Tour: England, a one-woman show c. 1984.
The Rocky Horror Show (Book Music, and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien) as Magenta, Robert Mackintosh Production, Munich and Milan Tour, 1985. A cult classic rock and roll music play where couple Brad and Janet wind up at Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter’s castle for the night, and are caught up in his latest experiment.
Loot (by Joe Orton) as Nurse Fay, Hartford Stage, Hartford, Director: Bartlett Sher; 21Feb96–16Mar96. A dark farce where inept bank robbers, Hal and Dennis, hide their loot in the coffin of Hal’s mother who has just died. With the help of calculating Nurse Fay, they attempt to hide the body to keep the visiting police inspector off their trail. In his review for the ‘New York Times’, Ben Brantley wrote, "Marina Sirtis…as the sexy, greedy (and patient-killing) nurse, holds her own without betraying the essential Orton spirit. A piquant mixture of shopgirl affectations (her ladylike poses are delicious) and calculating street smarts, this Nurse Fay comes across, as she should, as a woman who can have her conventions and eat them too." Brantley added, "if the show (‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’) continues to spit out British actors of this caliber onto the American stage, it deserves its own special Tony." In his review for the ‘Boston Globe’, Ed Siegel found 'Loot' to be a perfect production, writing "what a delicious skewer it is, barbecued to perfection by director Bartlett Sher and a universally superb cast, complete with Marina Sirtis of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Hotel Suite (by Neil Simon) as Diana, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Director: Charles Abbott, 20Jan99-28Feb99. A comedy by Neil Simon consisting of four one act stories that take place in the same hotel suite but at different times. Two of the stories involve an English couple, Diana, a witty actress, and her bi-sexual husband, Sidney, over a twenty-year span. Toby Zinman wrote for the ‘Philadelphia City Paper’ that "Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi to Star Trek fans) looks gorgeous and has a real flair for comedy—she does a great drunk—and can deliver those Simon one-liners with naturalness, creating a genuinely witty character."
A Snow White Christmas (panto: Kris Lythgoe) as Wicked Queen, El Portal Theatre, Los Angeles, Lythgoe Family Productions, 29Nov11-18Dec11. A British-style panto involving music, songs and lively audience interaction in the telling of the Snow White fairy tale. Bobbie Whiteman writing for ‘Variety’ commented the production was "bringing new life to the well-known story thanks to the excellent comic timing of the ensemble cast...Sirtis’ surprisingly deep tone was wonderfully menacing." Margie Barron of the ‘Tolucan Times’ added, "the Wicked Queen has Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) assuming the royal bad girl role with ease. The sultry villainess struts her stuff singing “Toxic” and “Bad Things,” and revels in the jeers from the audience snapping right back at them."
A Snow White Christmas (panto: Kris Lythgoe) as Wicked Queen, Laguna Beach Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA, Lythgoe Family Productions, 4Dec15-27Dec15. Another run for the British-style panto involving music, songs and lively audience interaction in the telling of the Snow White fairy tale. E. Marchese, for the ‘Orange County Register’ wrote "The Laguna production features Marina Sirtis as the Wicked Queen, her British accent and roots magnifying the heritage of the art form from which the show springs...Sirtis is elegant and deliciously evil as the Wicked Queen. Ever impatient and ill-tempered, she hurls deadpan insults at the audience, glowering at their constant chorus of jeers."
Thanks to Marina Sirtis for help in answering our questions. Thanks to Ivor Benjamin, Ray Clenshaw (Belgrade Theatre), and Robert Witts (Coventry History Centre) for help with the Belgrade Theatre information.
More theatre photos and info to come!