Actor Christopher Plummer On Stage

Actor Christopher Plummer is an international star on the stage, having performed in the theater all his working life.

“An actor should be a mystery” - Christopher Plummer

His first role was as D’Arcy in 'Pride and Prejudice' at his Montreal High School. He soon came to be one of the finest Shakespearean actors in Canada, America and England, performing regularly on Broadway and London's West End.

Below is a list of the roles that actor Christopher Plummer played in his sixty year career, the name of the show, the theater location, and the year it was performed:

Cymbeline, Canadian Repertory Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario, 1948
In Plummer’s two years of acting with the Canadian Repertory Company, he played seventy-five different roles.

• Faulkland, The Rivals, Canadian Repertory Theatre, 1950

• Old Mahon, The Playboy of the Western World, Bermuda Repertory Theatre, 1952

• Anthony Cavendish, The Royal Family, Bermuda Repertory Theatre, 1952

• Ben, The Little Foxes, Bermuda Repertory Theatre, 1952

• Duke Manti, The Petrified Forest, Bermuda Repertory Theatre, 1952

• Father, George and Margaret, Bermuda Repertory Theatre, 1952

• Hector Benbow, Thark, Bermuda Repertory Theatre, 1952

• Bernard Kersal, The Constant Wife, Bermuda Repertory Theatre, 1952

• (Broadway debut) George Phillips, The Starcross Story, Royale Theatre, 1954.This show only lasted for one night.

• Manchester Monaghan, Home Is the Hero, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1954

• Jason, Medea, International Festival, Sarah Bernhardt Theatre, Paris, 1955

• Count Peter Zichy, The Dark Is Light Enough, American National Theatre Academy Theatre, New York City, 1955

• Earl of Warwick, The Lark, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1955 (worked with Theodore Bikel, who played Captain von Trapp on stage)

• Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1955

• Ferdinand, The Tempest, American Shakespeare Festival, 1955

• Title role, Henry V, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, then Assembly Hall Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1956

• Narrator, L'histoire du soldat, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1956
• Lewis Rohnen, Night of the Auk, Playhouse Theatre, New York City,1956

• Title role, Hamlet, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1957

“I think the greatest part ever written was probably Hamlet and the problem is that no one can play it properly at the age that it’s supposed to be played. It needs to be played by an older man.” – Actor Christopher Plummer

• Sir Andrew Agueckeek, Twelfth Night, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1957

• Nickles, J. B., American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, 1958

• Leontes, The Winter's Tale, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1958

• Bardolph, Henry IV, Part I, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1958

• Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1958

• Philip the Bastard, King John, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1960

• Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1960

• (London debut) King Henry II, Becket, Aldwych Theatre, 1961

• Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on- Avon, England, 1961

Plummer Cyrano Face Title role, Richard III, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961

• King Henry II, Becket, Aldwych Theatre, then Globe Theatre, London, 1961

• Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1962 (see photo right)

• Title role, Macbeth, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1962

• Title role, Arturo Ui, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1963

• Francisco Pizarro, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, 1965

• Mark Antony, Antony and Cleopatra, Stratford Shakespeare Festival,1967

• Jupiter and Amphitryon, Amphitryon 38, National Theatre Company, New Theatre, London, 1971

• Danton, Danton's Death, National Theatre Company, New Theatre, 1971

• Title role, Cyrano (musical), Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, then Palace Theatre, New York City, 1973 (won his first Tony Award for this performance).

• Anton Chekov, The Good Doctor, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1973

Lovers and Madmen, Opera House, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 1973

Love and Master Will, Opera House, Kennedy Center, 1975

• Edgar, Drinks before Dinner, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public/Newman Theatre, New York City, 1978

• Title role, Henry V, American Shakespeare Festival, 1981

• Iago, Othello, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1982

“Quite possibly the best Shakespearean performance to have originated on this continent in our time” – Broadway critic Walter Kerr about the performance of actor Christopher Plummer in Othello

Parade of Stars Playing the Palace, Palace Theatre, New York City,1983

Peccadillo, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, 1985

• Title role, Macbeth, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1988

• Narrator, A Christmas Carol, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1990

Barrymore Actor• Spooner, No Man's Land, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1993 then Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1994

• John Barrymore, Barrymore, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1996 then Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1997 (won his second Tony Award for this performance, see photo right).

A Shakespearean Tribute to the Late Sir John Gielgud, Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York City, 2000

• Appeared in the solo show A Word or Two, Before You Go.

Major Tours

• Gerard, Nina, U.S. cities, 1953

• Title role, Macbeth, U.S. cities, 1988

• John Barrymore, Barrymore, U.S. cities, beginning 1997.

• Also appeared in The Dark Is Light Enough, U.S. cities.

The reputation of actor Christopher Plummer has been due to his memorable performances on stage.

“I’m not proud of my performances. I enjoy them. When I enjoy them, then I know I’m fairly good. When I don’t enjoy them, I know I’m bad and miscast.” – Christopher Plummer

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