Clive Francis

Mr Birling

Clive Francis’ first West End engagement was in 1966 in There’s a Girl in My Soup at the Globe Theatre - his many other London appearances since include: The Servant of Two Masters, The Return of A. J. Raffles, The Circle, Look After Lulu, The Rear Column, The School of Scandal, The Importance of Being Earnest, Benefactors, What the Butler Saw, Single Spies, An Absolute Turkey, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Enron and The Madness of George 111, and more recently in his own reworking of Ben Travers’ farce, Thark.  

In 1987 Clive Francis joined the Royal National company, appearing in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and A Small Family Business (for which he won the Clarence Derwent award) He has also had two seasons for the R.S.C: Three Hours after Marriage, Troilus and Cressida, and A Christmas Carol. In the past four years he has toured in Travels with My Aunt; The Dresser, The Hypochondriac, The Reluctant Debutante and in his own adaptations of Three Men in a Boat and Our Man in Havana. Recent theatre includes, The Woman Hater, The Skin Game, Never So Good, 84 Charing Cross Road, The Gathered Leaves and Les Blancs.

His numerous television appearances include: David Copperfield, Entertaining My Sloane, Poldark, The Critic, The Far Pavilions, Yes, Prime Minster, Oedipus at Colonus, The Rear Column, Quartermaine’s Terms, The Piglet Files, Lipstick on Your Collar, The 10%ers, Longitude, Pierrepoint, New Tricks, The Queen. Missing and Mike Leigh’s, Mr Turner. Recent credits include: The Lost City of Z and the role of Lord Salisbury in the television series, The Crown, for Netflix.

Clive Francis has also designed and compiled a number of books including: Laugh Lines, The Many Faces of Gielgud: There’s Nothing Like a Dane! (The Lighter side of Hamlet). There’s Nothing Like a Thane! (The Lighter side of Macbeth) and more recently, A Star is Drawn. His work is currently on show at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis art gallery and the foyer of the Gielgud Theatre.

Clive Francis’ began adapting for the stage in 2002 with his one-man show of A Christmas Carol. This was followed with The Lavender Hill Mob, Three Men in a Boat, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Our Man in Havana, The Loved One, Alice the Musical! Thark and Susan Hill’s, The Small Hand.

Clive Francis