David McKail : British Actor

David McKail : British Actor

Stage work includes...

Professional stage debut as Wally Web in "Our Town" at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre, 1952. "The Thistle and the Rose", 1953; both as a boy. In 1961, after graduating from RSAMD, he was invited to join the Citizens' Theatre for the 1961-62 season then under the artistic direction of Callum Mill.

Other repertory and repertoire companies: Birmingham, Bagnor (The Watermill), Chichester, Coventry, Dundee, Edinburgh (Lyceum & Traverse), Harrogate, Newcastle, Perth, Pitlochry, Watford & York.

London debut as Owen Davies in "A Little Winter Love", Theatre Royal Stratford East. 1965. In 1966 and 1968 he was at Hampstead Theatre Club as Gunner Flynn in "Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun" and as the Priest in "Bakke's Night of Fame".

In 1968 he toured England with Prospect Productions, playing the Earl of Northumberland in Shakespeare's "Richard II", and Nicola in Shaw's "Arms and the Man".

In 1969 for Natal Performing Arts Council played Young Marlow in "She Stoops to Conquer" and Angelo in "Crime at Goat Island", Theatre Royal, York extensive tour in the Netherlands playing Joseph Surface "The School for Scandal".

1970: Chichester Festival Theatre where he played the Earl of Bothwell in the world premiere "Vivat, Vivat Regina", moving with the production to the Piccadilly Theatre, for the 13-month London run.

1972: Chichester, playing Hortensio in "The Taming of a Shrew" and Humphrey in "The Lady's Not for Burning".

1975: Dr Lovell in "The Case in Question", at the Haymarket Theatre, London.

In 1974 he played a variety of parts in and ensemble production of “Under Milk Wood” at the Shaw Theatre, London.

1984 he toured Britain playing Inspector Davidson in "The Sound of Murder" for Malcolm Knight Productions.

1981; "BOZZY": Solo play, Edinburgh Fringe. Awarded Fringe First. 1982: “Bozzy” revival with new décor, Edinburgh Fringe.

1984: “Bozzy” extensive tour of Scotland, England; season in Old Red Lion, London.

Between 1985 and 1996 resident in Scotland where he continued to appear in stage productions from time to time, the last being as Sir Peter Teazle in "The School for Scandal" at Perth Repertory Theatre in 1993.

2011 saw his last stage appearance in a concert performance of BOZZY at the opening of the first Boswell Book Festival at James Boswell's family home, Auchinleck House in Ayrshire.

Has played in a wide range of styles from Pantomime to intense drama. Shakespeare, Shaw, Sheridan and Wilde among the classics; adaptations of Dickens; modern European writers such as Brecht, Ghelderode, Mrozek, Frisch and Walser; Albee, Williams and Inge among the modern America repertoire.