Rigby Shlept Here: A Memoir of Terence Rigby (1937-2008)

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On a postcard to Juliet Ace, Terence Rigby wrote: ‘Have you made much headway with the scandalizing version of my biography? Ever affection, Lord Marylebone X.’ Although he would not live to see it, Juliet Ace has written much more than a ‘scandalizing’ life of the wonderfully memorable and professionally esteemed actor that was Terence Rigby. Famed as one of the finest performers of Harold Pinter’s work, he was equally lauded for his creation of Albert the horse in Alan Bennett’s dramatization of Wind in the Willows, and for numerous classical performances from Ibsen to Racine. While the theatre was his natural habitat, his commanding presence, and stillness, is recorded in numerous films and television appearances – memorably as the burly spy Roy Bland in the television classic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and as ‘Big Al’ in Alan Plater’s The Beiderbecke Affair.

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Juliet Ace was one of what she calls Rigby’s ‘Cup-of-Tea Ladies’, a select group of women friends, rigorously separated in space and time, who catered to his mixed intellectual, theatrical, culinary, and social needs. Writing from the dinner table where Rigby had placed a small brass plaque staking claim to his place – ‘Rigby Shlept Here’ – she has succeeded, where he had run out of time, in regaling the reader with at least some of what The Times obituary called ‘the treasury of stories that he held’. As a dramatist, Ace has written wonderfully for actors, from EastEnders to film and radio, but here she does not shirk from that notoriously difficult task of writing about acting. She achieves, through shrewd and astute interviews with his peers, through the family collections of clippings, and through her own diaries, in evoking the man at work.

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