John Le Mesurier


Born:
5th April 1912, Chaucer Road, Bedford, England, as John Charles Elton Le Mesurier de Somerys Halliley

Died: 15 November 1983, in Ramsgate Hospital, after a long fight with liver disease

Parents: Son of Charles Elton Halliley and Anne Michelle Halliley (nee Le Mesurier)

Married: John had three wives:
- June Melville, an actress/director/producer, born 1915, died 1970 (married 1939-47, divorced)
- Hattie Jacques, an actress, born as Josephine Edwina Jacques on 7 Feb 1924, died 6 Oct 1980 (1952 - 65, divorced)
- Joan Malin, a circus performer (married 2 March 1966 till his death, now widow Joan Le Mesurier)

Children: Robin and Kim Le Mesurier, sons from marriage to Hattie Jacques. Kim (known as Jake) died in 1990, aged 35.

Biographies and Books of Interest:
A Jobbing Actor - by John Le Mesurier (autobiography)
Lady Don't Fall Backwards - by Joan Le Mesurier (the __autobiography of John's wife, with much about him)
Dear John - by Joan Le Mesurier (biography)

Acknowledgements: SFTA award for Best Television Actor 1971, for dramatic lead role in Dennis Potter’s television play Traitor

Professional Debut: The Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh, in repertory, 1935

 
 
Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following information has been compiled over many years by Dave Homewood and has been presented here for your interest and for reference. Please do not copy the information without express permission of the compiler. Though this listing is comprehensive there are still gaps and undoubtedly a few errors. If you can help with further information please contact Dave Homewood by clicking HERE

__________________________________________________________

All material published on this site, unless otherwise credited, has been written by and is copyrighted to Dave Homewood. ©2008. We hope that you will use this site as a resource to further your knowledge of the series.

TV Credits_____Radio Credits______Film Credits______Stage Credits______Other Work

 

John Le Mesurier's Stage Career

Stage Performance    Role Notes Date

 

John Le Mesurier trained at Fay Compton's Studio of Dramatic Art. He had no previous amateur theatre experience, and following his training he made his professional debut at The Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh, in repertory, in 1935

Berkeley Square
Hamlet
Hamlet
Dangerous Corner
Various plays in Repertory
Up In Mabel’s Room
Twelfth Night
Draw The Fires   
Various
Various
Strife
The Constant Nymph  
Peace In Our Time
French Without Tears
French Without Tears
French Without Tears
French Without Tears
French Without Tears
French Without Tears
Gaslight
Gaslight  

_
Guildenstern
Guildenstern
_
_
_

Malvolio
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_

Excerpt of this play whilst training at Studio of Dramatic Art
Grand Theatre, Leeds (unpaid understudy)
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh (unpaid understudy)
The Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh (professional debut)
The Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh, (for five or six months)
Oldham Repertory Theatre
Sheffield Repertory Theatre
Sheffield Repertory Theatre
The Lyceum, Edinburgh
Theatre Royal, Glasgow (for six months)
Croydon Repertory Theatre
Croydon Repertory Theatre
Croydon Repertory Theatre
The Grand Theatre at Blackpool
Hull
Ashton-under-Lyne
Doncaster
Hanley
Ipswich
Apollo Theatre, London (West End debut, over Winter)
Tour of UK 
                                                                   

1933-35?
1935
1935
1935
1935
193?
193?
193?
193?
1937
1938
1938
1938
late 1939
late 1939
late 1939
late 1939
late 1939
late 1939
1939
1939-1940     

Goodness How Sad  
Journey’s End    
Goodness, How Sad 
French Without Tears
I Have Been Here Before 
Various
Various
The Winslow Boy
The Linden Tree
_
_
_

_
Walter Ormund  
various
various
Chatham
_
Tour including The New Theatre, Hull and Brixton
Palace Court Theatre, Bournemouth (part of tour above)
Brixton
  
Deerbolt Camp, Blackdown (3 performances for fellow soldiers)
Barnard Castle, Yorkshire (week long run for fellow soldiers)
Croydon Grand Theatre (in Repertory)
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
unknown venue
Alexander Theatre, Birmingham
1940
15 Jan 1940
1940  
1940
1940
1945/46
1945/46
1947
23 May 1949

The Dubarry
Travellers Joy     
The Smooth-Faced Gentleman
Hanging Judge   
Twenty Minutes South 

_
_
_
_
_

Princes Theatre, London (this was a musical )
New Theatre, Bromley
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (lead role, play by Peter Powell)
New Theatre, Bromley   
St Martins Theatre, London (musical produced by Hattie Jacques)
1950 approx
1951
14 Aug 1950
23 Sep 1952
1955
Homage To T.S. Elliot
_
_
_
_
_

Twenty Minutes South
The Browning Version
Performer
_
_
_
_
_
_

Crocker Harris
London Fringe Theatre, one night only with readings and performances made by John Le Mesurier, Bernard Cribbins, George Devine, Cleo Laine, Groucho Marx, Roddy Maude-Roxbury, Alec McGowan, Laurence Olivier, Anna Quayle, Clive Reville, Ian Richardson, Paul Scofield and Nicol Williamson. A recording was made of this homage and released on LP
Players Theatre, London (was a musical but he had little to sing)
The Alexandra, Birmingham  
13 June 1965
_
_
_
_
_

1967
196?
Poetry Reading 
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
Dad’s Army
_
An Inspector Calls
Bedroom Farce

himself 
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen

Sergeant Wilson
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen

Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Sgt Wilson and
__Chesney Allen
Lead role  
_

Little Medway Theatre, reading poetry by Alexander Hussey 
The Forum Theatre, Billingham
_
The Shaftesbury Theatre, London
_
The London Palladium
The Opera House, Manchester
_
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
_
Bradford Alhambra, Bradford
_
The Hippodrome, Birmingham
_
The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
_
The Winter Gardens, Blackpool
_
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
_
The Richmond Theatre, Richmond
_
Theatre Royal, Brighton
_
Theatre Royal, Bath
_
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Tour of Far East  
20 Sep 1970
4 Sep 1975
- 18 Sep 1975
2 Oct 75
- 21 Feb 76
10 Nov 1975
23 Mar 1976
- 10 Apr 1976
12 Apr 1976
-1 May 1976
3 May 1976
- 15 May 1976
17 May 1976
- 22 May 1976
24 May 1976
-5 June 1976
7 June 1976
- 19 June 1976
22 June 1976
- 3 July 1976
12 July 1976
- 24 July 1976
26th July 1976
- 21 Aug 1976
23 Aug 1976
- 4 Sep 1976
late 1976
1979/80  
Hay Fever      Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford    4 Aug 1981

                         

Notes: While in Repertory Theatre at The Lyceum, Edinburgh and the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, John appeared in such plays as Private Lives (as Chase), The Three Sisters (as Konstantin), An Italian Garden, Hay Fever and Tovanich. However I don't have the exact dates or his character, nor know which theatre of the two he appeared at.

"The Linden Tree" by J.B.Priestley in which John appeared at the Alexander Theatre Birmingham, opened on the 23rd May 1949. The members of the cast were Colin Laurence, Kathleen St. John, Eileen Draycott, Philip Howard, Pauline Williams, Pamela Abbott, Patricia Driscoll, Stella Hamilton, John Le Mesurier and Geoffrey Chater.

                                  TV Credits_____Radio Credits______Film Credits______Stage Credits______Other Work

Back To Actors

Back To Dad's Army Homepage