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7 February

OV remembers 60 years with Royal Shakespeare Company

It was lovely to come across a feature this week in the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald on esteemed actor and OV Clifford Rose (S 43-48). Clifford was interviewed about his incredible 60 years with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

As a pupil at King’s, Clifford had wanted to train to be a surgeon but, after a few obstacles and some encouragement from his parents, Clifford ended up following in his older brother’s footsteps and became an actor. Clifford’s classical acting career was inspired by school visits to Shakespeare Memorial Theatre and Clifford has since gone on to act in all but two of Shakespeare’s plays!

Clifford has also had television roles including Secret Army, Kessler and The Crown and starred in films including The Iron Lady and Pirates of the Caribbean.

It was lovely in the interview to hear Clifford mentioning his time here at The King’s School, Worcester and especially his Headmaster at the time, Mr Kittermaster who he describes in this interview as ‘enlightened’ and ‘marvellous’. Clifford has previously told us how he enjoyed playing the title role in Macbeth under the Directorship of Mr Kittermaster who encouraged him into acting along with his parents. As well as touching on his time at King’s, the interview also talks about his time on stage, television and in film.

To read the full interview with lots of great stories and memories from Clifford please click here.