Twice as mighty
WHEN William Gaunt takes to the stage at The Everyman this week, it will be something of a homecoming for the much-loved British actor.
William, who became a household name in the 1960s as Bob Marriott in Sergeant Cork and as the super-powered secret agent Richard Barrett in The Champions, began his career in repertory theatre at the Cheltenham venue.
Speaking to The Buzz, he said: "They were happy times and, in fact, I met my wife (actress Carolyn Lyster) during my time there, so I've got fond memories of Cheltenham and The Everyman.
"I haven't been back since I did 84 Charing Cross Road with Rula Lenska eight years ago, so I'm looking forward to it immensely. I haven't seen it since the refurbishment, but I've heard it's beautiful.
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"Repertory theatre has all but disappeared now and it's a real shame, as playing all those different roles gives you a great grounding as an actor. Young actors these days don't have that and tend to be cast as variations of themselves as a result."
This week, William stars in Tom Kempinski's multi award-winning play Duet For One, alongside Haydn Gwynne, who was nominated for a Tony for her Broadway role in Billy Elliot.
William said: "It's a terrific play about the sessions between a violinist and her psychiatrist which ends in a real battle between the two of them. I wouldn't have considered doing a two-hander like this with someone inexperienced as it's incredibly hard work, but Haydn is a fantastic actress and I admire her enormously.
"It's a very gripping play and something I think the Cheltenham audience will really like."
Duet For One is at The Everyman from Monday to next Saturday. For tickets, which cost £10 to £25 plus booking fee, call 01242 572573 or go to www.everymantheatre.org.uk.
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