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Sunday, March 6, 2016


(David Crichton)

Actor David Crichton died in Pretoria on January 15, 2016, after suffering a massive heart attack.

Originally from the UK, Crichton first came to South Africa in the mid 1950’s to join the Brian Brook Company. After returning to work in Britain for a spell he was back in 1969 to appear in Chase Me Comrade for Pieter Toerien and went on to appear in numerous farces.

Long-term Durban audiences will remember him from his roles in a number of productions for the Natal Performing Arts Council (NAPAC), now The Playhouse Company. These included his dotty Father Drobney in Don’t Drink the Water, the Good Robber in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, Old January in Canterbury Tales and the eccentric detective in Peter Shaffer’s The Private Ear and the Public Eye for The Loft Theatre Company.

He was involved in much work for young audiences and during the years he lived in South Africa he performed in and directed many productions ranging from pantomime to Shakespeare. On a school outing to his local theatre, he was introduced to the Italian Commedia dell├írte in a production of The King Stag by the Young Vic. He later directed what was described as a “visually gorgeous” The King Stag for NAPAC which also appeared in The Loft.

An actor with strong comedy skills, he was seen in NAPAC pantomimes including Cinderella and Robinson Crusoe. He has also appeared in many radio and television plays and series.

Crichton signed a Living Will and had indicated that his body should be used for Medical Research so there was no funeral or cremation or service.