A Tribute To David Mercer

Aldwych Theatre

Sunday 26 October 1980

  • Those taking part include:

    Joan Bakewell
    Anna Cropper
    Frank Finlay
    Barry Foster
    Bettina Jonic
    David Halliwell
    Nigel Hawthorne
    Michael Hordern
    David Jones
    Adrian Mitchell
    Brian Phelan
    Harold Pinter
    Jonathan Pryce
    Alan Sillitoe
    Don Taylor
    David Warner

    Stage Manager: Titus Grant
    Sound Operator: John Leonard
    Arranged by Christopher Morahan and Barry Hanson

    In 1971 Frank played Bernard Link, the socialist middle-aged theatre critic in Mercer's After Haggerty for the RSC. The play was a great success, transferring to the West End and co-starring Billie Whitelaw.

    In the late 1960's Mercer was part of a group instigated by film & TV producer Tony Garnett of actors, writers and directors, including Ken Loach, Roy Battersby and Corin and Vanessa Redgrave who would meet at Tony Garnett's cottage. These meetings would form the basis of the Trevor Griffiths's play, The Party (1973) which tackles a series of debates between a group of socialist intellectuals on the contemporary state and future hopes of Marxism in a capitalist world set against the background of the Paris riots.

    In The Party Frank played Malcolm Sloman - the heavy drinking Marxist playwright - an informal portrait of Mercer.