We’re saddened to hear of the death today, at 90, of Sir Donald Sinden, one of England’s theatrical greats.
It’s a few years since he was last in our studios, but his visits are warmly remembered here.
A1 VOX MD Charles Nove recalls: “We were very excited to have Sir Donald coming in, and we were fully prepared to treat him with all the deference due to a theatrical Knight of the Realm. Formality was quickly dispelled when he reached the top of our stairs and said, in that wonderfully distinctive voice: “Tell me, dear boy, is there a place where one might have a cigarette?”. Potentially tricky, this, I thought, as the building’s a No Smoking zone, and the only proper solution would be a trek back out onto Old Compton Street. There was an option, but dare I venture it…? I explained the situation and tentatively offered the alternative: the lavatory window. Sir Donald’s face lit up. “Great!” he said “lead the way!” and, within seconds, this fine thesp was satisfying his craving, leaning out of the top-floor window. Nicotine fix achieved, he was then back in for a cup of tea and some cheery conversation in our Green Room.”
Farewell, Sir Donald. We greatly enjoyed meeting you and working with you.