Skip to main content

Williams, Heathcote 1941–

WILLIAMS, Heathcote 1941


PERSONAL


Born November 15, 1941, in Helsby, Cheshire, England; son of Heathcote Williams (a lawyer). Education: Studied law at Christ Church, Oxford.


Addresses: Office c/o Curtis Brown, 168 Regent St., London W1R 5TB, England. Agent Judy Daish Associates, 83 Eastbourne Mews, London W2 6LQ, England.


Career: Actor and writer. Transatlantic Review, London, associate editor, 196372; founding editor of the periodical Fanatic and (with Germaine Greer and others) of the Dutch periodical Suck. Member of the performing group the Magic Circle; worked as a magician and fire eater. Also ran a squatting agency in the Notting Hill area of London.


Awards, Honors: Evening Standard Drama Award and Obie Award, Village Voice, both 1970, for AC/DC; George Devine Award, 1970; John Whiting Award, 1971.


CREDITS

Film Appearances:

Prospero, The Tempest, World Northal, 1980.

Night Shift, 1982.

Dr. Holroyd, Wish You Were Here (also known as Too Much ), Atlantic Releasing, 1987.

Peter Reed, Stormy Monday, Atlantic Releasing, 1988.

Dr. Haggage, Little Dorrit (also known as Little Dorrit's Story and Nobody's Fault ), Cannon Screen Entertainment, 1988.

Man on the stairs, Slipstream, Atlantic Releasing, 1989.

Nick Greene and a publisher, Orlando, Adventure Pictures, 1993.

Jeremiah, The Steal, Poseidon Pictures, 1994.

Stephan Nuslauer, In the Cold Light of Day (also known as The Cold Light of Day ), Meteor Film Productions, 1994.

Dr. Lake, The Browning Version, Paramount, 1994.

Shaper, Blue Juice, Skreba Films, 1995.

Looking for Richard, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1996.

Jeff, Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis, Goldcrest Films, 1997.

Builder, The Tango Lesson (also known as La leccion de tango, La lecon de tango, and TangoFieber ), Sony Pictures Classics, 1997.

"Uncle" Drosselmeier, The IMAX Nutcracker, IMAX Corp./Sands Films, 1997.

Nucingen, Cousin Bette, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (also known as The Legend of 1900, The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean, and A Pianist on the Ocean ), 1998 dubbed version, Fine Line, 1999.

A servant, Miss Julie, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1999.

Ann's father, Mauvaise passe (also known as The Escort and The Wrong Blonde ), Gloria/Pathe, 1999.

Professor, Honest, Winchester Films, 2000.

Dr. Loeshin, All Forgotten (also known as Lover's Prayer ), Seven Hills Productions, 2000.

Bosola, Hotel, 2001, Innovation Film Group, 2003.

The tourist, Revelation, First Look Home Entertainment, 2001.

Bekai Basu, The Love Doctor, British Broadcasting Corp., 2001.

Roger Stark, Dream (also known as Nightmare: A Fraction of a Dream ), Finalcut Entertainment, 2002.

Film Work; Director:

Wet Dreams, 1974.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Laocoon, The Odyssey (also known as Homer's Odyssey, Die Abenteuer des Odysseus, and Odissea ), NBC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Marcello, Alegria, CTV (Canada), 1998.

Mr. Eaglet, Alice in Wonderland, NBC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Josef Solokow, Malatesta, BBC (England), 1969.

W.S.H. (also known as Weird Shit Happens ), BBC, 1994.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Older guest, "The One with Ross's Wedding: Part 2," Friends, NBC, 1998.

Rizouli, "Contact," Dinotopia, ABC, 2002.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

The Poetry Olympics, Volume 1, All Round Records, 1982.

Audio Books:

Narrator (with others) The New Testament: Selections from the Bible, Naxos AudioBooks, 1997.


WRITINGS

Plays:

The Local Stigmatic, produced at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, then London, 1966, later Boston, MA, 1967, and Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1969, published in Traverse Plays, edited by Jim Haynes, Penguin, 1966, published with AC/DC as AC/DC and The Local Stigmatic: Two Plays, Viking, 1973.

AC/DC, produced at Royal Court Theatre, London, 1970, then Chelsea Theatre Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1971, published by Calder & Boyars, 1972, published with The Local Stigmatic as AC/DC and The Local Stigmatic: Two Plays, Viking, 1973.

(With W. Gaskill and M. StaffordClark) The Speakers (based on Williams's novel of the same title), produced in Birmingham, England, 1974, published with Remember the Truth Dentist, Calder & Boyars, 1980.

(With B. Flagg) Remember the Truth Dentist, produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1974, published with The Speakers, Calder & Boyars, 1980.

A Christmas Pantomine Play, produced in London, England, 1975.

(With T. Allen) Very TastyA Pantomime, produced in London, 1975.

An Invitation to the Official Lynching of Michael Abdul Malik, produced in NewcastleuponTyne, England, 1975.

Anatomy of a Space Rat, produced in 1976.

Playpen, produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1977.

The Immortalist, produced in London, 1977, published by J. Calder, 1978.

Hancock's Last HalfHour, produced in London, 1977, then PAF Playhouse, Huntington Station, NY, 1978, published in Ten of the Best British Short Plays, edited by Ed Berman, Interaction, 1977.

Severe Joy, published by Calder & Boyars, 1979.

"At It," in Breach of the Peace, produced at Bush Theatre, London, 1982, then produced alone, Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, both 1983.

Whales, produced in Liverpool, England, and London, both 1986.

Screenplays:

(With Eddie Constantine and Vladimir Pucholt) Crash, 1980.

The Local Stigmatic, Chal Productions, 1986.

Also wrote The Extraordinary Episodes of William Beckford.

Teleplays; Specials:

(With Eddie Constantine and Vladimir Pucholt) Malatesta, BBC (England), 1969.

(With others) What the Dickens!, Channel Four (England), 1984.

Autogeddon, 1991.

Also wrote The Caliph of Fonthill, BBC.

Novels:

The Speakers, Hutchinson, 1964, Grove, 1967.

Poetry:

Autogeddon, Zweitausendeins, 1985, Arcade, 1991.

Whale Nation, Crown, 1988.

Falling for a Dolphin, J. Cape, 1988, Crown, 1989.

Sacred Elephant, Crown, 1989.

Other:

Manifestoes, Manifesten (nonfiction), Cold Turkey Press, 1975.

Elephants (comic book), Knockabout Comics, 1981.

Contributor to periodicals, including Beast, Guardian, New Statesman, and Whole Earth Review.

OTHER SOURCES

Books:

Contemporary Dramatists, 6th edition, St. James Press, 1999.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Williams, Heathcote 1941–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Encyclopedia.com. 19 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Williams, Heathcote 1941–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 19, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/williams-heathcote-1941

"Williams, Heathcote 1941–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Retrieved October 19, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/williams-heathcote-1941

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.