ED PITT (d.2016)

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Edward Pitt at the age of 87 after a short illness.

Edward joined the Student Group in 1952 and after graduating went on to act in many productions, including playing the French herald Mountjoy in Alfred's production of Henry V in 1957 (my first recollection of him was in wardrobe knitting string "chain mail" for that production) and the brother in The Glass Menagerie in 1960. He was a spectacular chorus member in Alan Clarke's production of How I Assumed the Role of a Popular Dandy ... in the New Plays Festival of 1965.

He later turned to directing with considerable success. Among his notable productions were John Osborne's Hotel in Amsterdam (1976), Frank Marcus's The Killing of Sister George (1978), Butley by Simon Gray (1980), No Man's Land by Harold Pinter (1981}, Peter Schaffer's Equus in 1982 and Lark Rise by Keith Dewhurst (1984). His last Questors production was the Peter Weiss epic Marat/Sade in 1985.

Sadly ill-health prevented him further productions and after taking early retirement he moved to the west country and had been living in Bath. He was an inventive and imaginative director to work with and had an irrepressible sense of humour both on and offstage.

He was a great and lovely friend for many years.

Tony Barber


1952 Edge of The World
1954 Better a Dead Hero...?
1954 Crabbed Age and Youth
1954 Murder in the Cathedral (excerpt)
1954 The Old Man of the Mountain
1955 Blood Wedding
1955 Fanfaronade
1955 The Tragedy of Fratricide Punished
1955 Hamlet
1955 The Three Honourable Gentlemen
1955 The World's Wonder
1956 The Master Builder
1957 Henry V
1960 The Glass Menagerie
1961 The South African
1964 Everything in the Garden
1964 A Midsummer Night's Dream
1964 Sweeney Todd
1965 The Cherry Orchard
1965 How I Assumed the Role of a Popular Dandy
1974 The Good Woman of Setzuan
1975 Present Laughter
1983 Cabaret
1975 Alpha Beta (showcase)
1976 The Hotel in Amsterdam
1977 Small Craft Warnings
1978 The Killing of Sister George
1979 Loot
1980 Butley
1981 No Man's Land
1982 Equus
1982 Love Is... (A Revue)
1984 Lark Rise
1985 Marat/Sade
1986 Blithe Spirit
1987 Brief Lives