Sad news today that Yvonne Marsh, Principal Boy has passed away aged Eighty-Five.
Yvonne was among the last Principal Boys before the tide turned once again, and the roles of Prince Charming and Jack became associated with men playing the parts.
Throughout the 1960’s and into the 1980’s Principal Boys had a resurgence, and Yvonne was among the most popular. Here she is with fellow Boys” from a London season. She not only played “Boy”, but from the mid ’70’s through the 1980’s she directed pantomimes expertly, particularly at the Theatre Royal Norwich. Here are a few links to articles published today. One from the Theatre Royal.
She also appeared on television screens in BBC’s comedy series “You Rang M’Lord” from 1988 to 1993. She played Madge Cartwright in the popular series.
Before playing Principal Boy roles she appeared for Emile Littler in pantomimes as Principal Girl parts. Here in “Little Miss Muffet” as Goody.
Yvonne Marsh far right.
Yvonne was the sister of Actress Jean Marsh, who came to fame through “Upstairs Downstairs” which she co-created, and its return to the screens in 2010.
Her contribution to the theatre at Norwich was enormous, and her years as performer and director will be long remembered.