Richard Findlater (Kenneth Bruce Findlater Bain)
(1921 – 1985)
English theatre critic and historian.
One of Britain’s most respected writers on the theatre. His drama criticism for a number of publications, and for the BBC, was admired inside and outside the profession. As well as biographies of such luminaries as Redgrave, Ashcroft, Olivier, Richardson, Lillian Baylis, and the clown Grimaldi, his eighteen books include a definitive history of stage censorship, Banned, and an account of contemporary British Theatre, The Unholy Trade, which made his name. He edited the arts pages of the Observer newspaper, and became its assistant editor in 1963.