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Erik Chitty (8 July 1907 in Dover, Kent[1] – 22 July 1977 Brent, Middlesex[2]), was an English stage, film and television actor.[3][4][5]

Erik Chitty
Actor Erik Chitty.jpg
Born(1907-07-08)8 July 1907
Dover, Kent, UK
Died22 July 1977(1977-07-22) (aged 70)
Alma materRADA
Years active1937-1977
Spouse(s)Hester Bevan
  • Ann
  • Hilary
  • Richard


Early lifeEdit

Chitty was the son of a flour miller, Frederick Walter Chitty and his wife Ethel Elsie Assistance née Franklin; they married in 1902. He attended Dover College and Jesus College, Cambridge where he was one of the founders of the Cambridge University Mummers, before training at RADA and becoming a professional actor.[6] He then ran his own repertory company in Frinton-on-Sea.


Early television (1936–1939)Edit

Chitty was an early player in the fledgling BBC television, which started in November 1936 until it was closed at the beginning of the War.

  Pyramus And Thisbe (28 jan 1938)[7]
A most lamentable comedy by William Shakespeare
Author William Shakespeare
Producer Jan Bussell
Bottom Wilfrid Walter
Quince Charles Lefeaux
Flute Don Gemell
Snout Erik Chitty
Snug Herbert Lees
Starveling Hubert Leslie
Theseus John Rudling
Philostrate Kenneth Villiers
Hippolyta Jillian Sandilands
  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (2 mar 1938)[8]
Author W. S. Gilbert
Producer Jan Bussell
Guildenstern Erik Chitty
Rosencrantz Leonard Sachs
Hamlet Peter Ridgeway
Ophelia Alexis France
King Claudius Graham Clifford
Queen Gertrude Madge Brindley
First Player Connaught Stanleigh
Second Player Ethne Wall
  Henry IV (22 mar 1938)[9]
Author Luigi Pirandello
Translator Edward Storer
Producer Dallas Bower
Henry IV Ernest Milton
Marchioness Matilda Spina Cecilie Burne
Frida, her daughter Valerie Hobson
The Marquis Charles di Nolli Denis Blakelock
The Baron Tito Belcredi Anthony Ireland
Dr. Dionysius Genoni Bromley Davenport
Harold Douglas Matthews
Landolph Patrick Ludlow
Ordulph Jack Lambert
Berthold Basil Langton
John Harding Steerman
Valets Erik Chitty
Stuart Latham
  The White Chateau Armistice Day (11 nov 1938)[10]
Author : Reginald Berkeley
Production Royston Morley
Diane van Eysen Antoinette Cellier
Deputy Chief-of-Staff A. R. Whatmore
Sergeant Major Lewis
Gun Sergeant
Edward Lexy
The Chancellor Harold Scott
Captain Luttrell William Hutchison
Commander-in-Chief Bernard Miles
Charles van Eysen Eric Powley
Private Waters
Private Cossington
Ivor Barnard
Trooper of Uhlans
Sergeant Harvey
George Woodbridge
Jacques van Eysen
Private Mason
A British Soldier
Ben Wright
Trooper of Uhlans
Erik Chitty
A British Soldier
Richard George
Trooper of Uhlans
Lieutenant Barrington
Lewis Gunner
Peter Ashmore
Captain Braithwaite
A British Soldier
Claude Bailey
Staff Colonel
Artillery Liaison Officer Williams
George Bishop
Officer of Uhlans Hans Wengraf
Second Lieutenant Matheson
Peter Scott
American Doctor Frank Thornton-Bassett
A British Soldier
Alex McCrindle
Violet Cording Jean Winstanley
Madame van Eysen Mary Hinton
Kitchen Maid
Army Nursing Sister
Yvonne Sinclair
The Voice Ivan Samson
And with the co-operation of members of
the 53rd (London) Medium Brigade, R.A., T.A., and
the 7th Bn. the Middlesex Regiment, T.A.
Music from : Sibelius's
Second Symphony
Verse from the works of : Cecil Day Lewis
Wilfred Owen
T. S. Eliot
W. H. Auden
Ezra Pound
1 : The dining-room of the White Chateau, August, 1914
2 : The same, December, 1914
3 : A trench in the grounds of the White Chateau, 1917
4 : The ruins of the White Chateau, 1918
5 : A hospital, 1918
6 : The garden of the White Chateau, 1919
  Edna's Fruit Hat (27 jan 1939)[11]
A romance by John Pudney
Writer John Pudney
Production Royston Morley
Edna Josephine Wilson
George Maurice Denham
Fanny Agnes Lauchlan
Clara Dorothy Black
Ruth Lucy Sibley
Cousin Sid Erik Chitty
Mrs Gussett Dora Gregory
The Lawyer Charles Maunsell
The Announcer Stuart Latham
Neighbours Kathleen Edwardes
Phyllis Morris
  The Tempest (3 feb 1939)[12]
Author William Shakespeare
Incidental Music
Arranged by
Jean Sibelius
Hyam Greenbaum
Decor Malcolm Baker
Dancers Members of the London Ballet
Dancers directed by Antony Tudor
BBC Television Orchestra
Boris Pecker
Hyam Greenbaum
Production Dallas Bower
Alonso Alan Wheatley
Sebastian Oliver Burt
Prospero John Abbott
Antonio Basil C. Langton
Ferdinand Richard Ainley
Gonzalo John Turnbull
Adrian Stuart Latham
Francisco Graham Payn
Caliban George Devine
Trinculo Richard Goolden
Stephano Charles Farrell
Ship's Master Dennis Price
Boatswain Erik Chitty
Miranda Peggy Ashcroft
Ariel Stephen Haggard
Iris Vera Lindsay
  The Unquiet Spirit (3 mar 1939)[13]
Author Jean-Jacques Bernard
Translator from French J. Leslie Frith
Producer Royston Morley
Decor Malcolm Baker-Smith
Music Sibelius
Marceline Catherine Lacey
Philip Percy Marmont
Antoine Stafford Byrne
Robert Andrew Osborn
Lemesle Peter Scott
Emile Reginald Beckwith
Hall Porter Erik Chitty
Ida Miriam Adams
Fanny Nina Evans
  Katharine and Petruchio (12 apr 1939)[14]
Being the acting version of Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew', prepared for his own use by David Garrick in 1754
Writer William Shakespeare
Incidental Music James Hartley
Costumes Elizabeth Haffenden
Production Dallas Bower
Petruchio Austin Trevor
Hortensio Alan Wheatley
Grumio Ivor Barnard
Katharine Margaretta Scott
Baptista Ben Webster
Bianca Vera Lindsay
Biondello Stuart Latham
Curtis David Keir
Nathaniel Will Leighton
Joseph Frank Parkington
Nicholas Cyprian Bridge
Philip William Dickinson
A Tailor Erik Chitty
  Annajanska, The Bolsjevik Empress (2 may 1939)[15]
A revolutionary romancelet by G. Bernard Shaw
Writer G. Bernard Shaw
Production Dallas Bower
Stammfest Erik Chitty
Schneidekind Alan Wheatley
Annajanska Vera Lindsay
Two soldiers Cyprian Bridge
William Dickinson
  The Advantages of Paternity (12 may 1939)[16][17]
Author Horton Giddy
Producer Denis Johnston
General Yagunin Brefni O'Rorke
Colonel Ilyitch Frank Thornton-Bassett
Brunov Erik Chitty
Orderly Stuart Latham

1946 onwardsEdit

His television credits included a major role as the aged "Mr. Smith" in Please Sir!, and multiple appearances in Dad's Army, Raffles, Doctor Who, Danger Man, Maigret, Man About the House and The Goodies.[18][4] He appeared in the TV musical Pickwick for the BBC in 1969.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Chitty was married to the former actress Hester Bevan and had two daughters and one son. He was also a keen genealogist.[20]



  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: SEP 1907 2a 1113 / 1713 DOVER - Erik Chitty
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: SEP 1977 11 0672 BRENT - Erik Chitty, born 8 July 1907
  3. ^ "Erik Chitty - Theatricalia".
  4. ^ a b "Erik Chitty".
  5. ^ "Erik Chitty".
  6. ^ Fabrique. "Eric Chitty — RADA".
  7. ^ Radio Times (28 January 1938), Pyramus And Thisbe, 58 (747), BBC Television, p. 16
  8. ^ Radio Times (2 March 1938), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, 58 (752), BBC Television, p. 18
  9. ^ Radio Times (22 March 1938), Henry IV, 58 (755), BBC Television, p. 17
  10. ^ Radio Times (11 November 1938), The White Chateau, 61 (788), BBC Television, p. 18
  11. ^ Radio Times (27 January 1939), Edna's Fruit Hat, 62 (799), BBC Television, p. 17
  12. ^ Radio Times (3 February 1939), The Tempest, 62 (801), BBC Television, p. 12
  13. ^ Radio Times (3 March 1939), The Unquiet Spirit, 62 (805), BBC Television, p. 16
  14. ^ Radio Times (12 April 1939), Katharine and Petruchio, 63 (810), BBC Television, p. 17
  15. ^ Radio Times (2 May 1939), Annajanska, The Bolsjevik Empress, 63 (813), BBC Television, p. 15
  16. ^ Radio Times (12 May 1939), The Advantages of Paternity, 63 (814), BBC Television, p. 15
  17. ^ The Advantages of Paternity (1939) on IMDb
  18. ^ McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition". Oxford University Press – via Google Books.
  19. ^ "Pickwick (1969)".
  20. ^ "Chitty of London: genealogy and family history".

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