Peggy Ashcroft

Born Dec 22, 1907

Dame Peggy Ashcroft, DBE was an English actress.

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1907 Birth Born in 1907.


1927 - 1929 2 More Events
1930 23 Years Old In 1930 Ashcroft was cast as Desdemona in a production of Othello at the Savoy Theatre, starring Paul Robeson in the title role. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old Ashcroft joined the Old Vic company for the 1932–33 season. … Read More
1933 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Hart-Davis was granted a divorce in 1933, on the grounds of Ashcroft's adultery with the director Theodore Komisarjevsky. … Read More
1934 27 Years Old During her professional and personal relationship with Komisarjevsky, whom she married in 1934 and left in 1936, Ashcroft learned from him what Billington calls "the vital importance of discipline, perfectionism, and the idea that the actor, even during passages of emotional stress, must remain a thinking human being". … Read More
1935 28 Years Old It ran from October 1935 to March 1936, and Ashcroft's Romeos were played in alternation by Olivier and Gielgud. … Read More
1936 29 Years Old In May 1936 Komisarjevsky directed a production of The Seagull, with Evans as Arkadina, Gielgud as Trigorin and Ashcroft as Nina. … Read More


1937 30 Years Old After playing briefly and without much pleasure in New York, Ashcroft returned to London in 1937 for a season of four plays presented by Gielgud at the Queen's Theatre. … Read More
1940 33 Years Old In 1940 Ashcroft met and married the rising lawyer Jeremy Hutchinson. … Read More
1944 37 Years Old Her main appearances during the war years were in Gielgud's company at the Haymarket Theatre in 1944, playing Ophelia in Hamlet, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the title role in The Duchess of Malfi. … Read More
1945 38 Years Old After the Haymarket season Ashcroft resumed her break from the theatre, first campaigning for her husband, who stood as a Labour candidate in the 1945 general election, and then bearing a second child, Nicholas, in 1946.


1947 40 Years Old Returning to the stage in 1947, Ashcroft had two long-running successes in a row as the alcoholic Evelyn Holt in Edward My Son, in the West End and then on Broadway, and the downtrodden Catherine Sloper in The Heiress in 1949. … Read More
1951 44 Years Old In 1951 she returned to the Old Vic, playing Viola in Twelfth Night, the title role in Electra and Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. … Read More


1958 51 Years Old In 1958, Peter Hall, who had been appointed to run the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, approached Ashcroft with his plans for a permanent company, with bases in Stratford and London, and a regular, salaried company, presenting a mixture of classical and new plays. … Read More
1963 56 Years Old In the RSC's first seasons Ashcroft played Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew, Paulina in The Winter's Tale (1960), The Duchess of Malfi (1961), Emilia in Othello (1961), and Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, opposite Gielgud as Gaev. These were generally well reviewed, but her performance in The Wars of the Roses in 1963 and 1964 had the critics searching for superlatives. … Read More


1972 65 Years Old Many were surprised when Ashcroft appeared with Richardson at the Savoy in 1972 in what was by all appearances a conventional West End drawing room comedy, Lloyd George Knew My Father, by William Douglas-Home, but the two stars revealed unexpected depths in their characters.
1981 74 Years Old For the National, Ashcroft appeared in Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, Beckett's Happy Days, Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine and Pinter's Family Voices. Her RSC roles were Lidya in Aleksei Arbuzov's Old World (1976), and her final stage part was the Countess in All's Well That Ends Well, which she played at Stratford in 1981 and in London in 1982.
1984 77 Years Old In the years after her last stage appearance Ashcroft made occasional, but highly successful, television and film appearances. For The Jewel in the Crown she won a BAFTA award for best actress in 1984, and for her portrayal of Mrs Moore in David Lean's 1985 film A Passage to India she won another BAFTA best actress award and the 1985 Oscar for best supporting actress. … Read More
1991 84 Years Old Died in 1991.
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