Hubert Gregg : read his autobiography and discover how he created several outstanding careers in showbusiness.
composing at his Piano
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| As a fourteen year old schoolboy he
played DUNOIS in ST. JOAN and HAMLET at eighteen.
Thereafter in his professional life Shakespeare and Shaw seemed to go very
much hand in hand. It was while playing a range
of Shakespeare parts at the Open Air Theatre in
Regent's Park that he met Shaw for the
first time and created the role of The Black
Prince in Shaw's one-act play THE SIX OF
CALAIS. In his autobiography he recalls
that nominally the play was directed by Robert
Atkins but in fact, Shaw directed both the play
and Atkins! It was, he says, an experience that
stayed with him.
Many years passed during which Shaw and
Shakespeare took second place to Terence
Rattigan (FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS on Broadway and
in London and WHILE THE SUN SHINES in London
occupied more than four years). Agatha Christie
took up quite a bit of time too. He directed
five of her plays including the first theatre
success THE HOLLOW and, for seven years, THE
MOUSETRAP. There followed a period of writing
music and lyrics. His two best known songs are
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE I'M A LONDONER
and I'M GOING TO GET LIT UP WHEN THE
LIGHTS GO UP IN LONDON. He starred in his first
musical, CHRYSANTHEMUM, at the Prince of Wales
and Apollo Theatres in 1958/9. In 1968 he
played his first season at Chichester and in
1971 returned there to play Britannus to John
Gielgud's Caesar in Shaw's CAESAR
His favourite stage part
next to Hamlet was as Hugh Walford in the
William Douglas Home comedy THE SECRETARY BIRD
which he directed and played in, on a 40 week
national tour. Film appearances included DOCTOR
AT SEA (for which he wrote the score), THE
MAGGIE, SIMON AND LAURA, IN WHICH WE SERVE, and
as Prince John in Walt Disney's THE STORY
OF ROBIN HOOD.
more than thirty-five years he presented his
own radio programme THANKS FOR THE MEMORY on
BBC RADIO 2 , playing 'vintage'
records from the 'Square Chair'.
During that time he wrote and presented several
popular series under the
'nostalgia' banner, his most
well-remembered being a 40-week series on THE
1981 he was given the Freedom of The City of
London for MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE I'M A
LONDONER and in 2003 he received an MBE for
Services to Music.
More details of other compositions
as well as his experiences Acting in Movies, on
the stage and also directing for the stage can
be found in his recently published
Autobiography. Only available online through