Archive: Ruth Cracknell

Date posted: 7 Mar 2013Author: STC


As an actor, the gorgeous and inimitable Ruth Cracknell (1925-2002) created many memorable and moving performances for STC audiences. Yet her involvement with the company went well beyond the stage, as she was on the STC Board of Directors 1980-1994, and was an STC patron 1994-2002 and, as a great supporter of the company, the guest of honour at seven Pier Group Lunches. Here we remember Ruth's dazzling work on the STC stages...

Her first production at STC was Close of Play in 1980. (Photo: Branco Gaica)


The following year, Ruth played Mercy Montebello in Dorothy Hewett's The Man From Mukinupin. (Photo: D. Del Favero)


In 1982, she played Ceclia McManus in A Happy and Holy Occasion. (Photo: M. Cook)


Ruth made a fabulous Lady Wishfort in Richard Wherrett's production of Congreve's The Way of the World in 1983. (Photo: S. Edwards)


Later that same year she played Mrs. Squeers and Mrs. Crummies in STC's epic production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2, which toured the following year. (Photo: B. Hilder)


In 1985, Ruth played Emma Leech in Ray Lawler's trilogy Kid Stakes (Photo: H. Hamilton), Other Times (Photo: A. Southam) and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. (Photo: A. Southam)


She was Elaine in David Williamson's Emerald City in 1987, and in the subsequent tours and return season. (Photo: Branco Gaica)


That same year Ruth also played Rose in Tom and Viv. (Photo: Branco Gaica)


She was Lettice Douffet in Lettice and Lovagein 1989. (Photo: Branco Gaica)


And a memorable Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1990, which came to STC from MTC, and returned again in 1992. (Photo: Stuart Campbell)


In 1991, she took on the mammoth role of Winnie in a production of Samuel Beckett's tragi-comic Happy Days. (Photo: D. Wilson)


The following year she played Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers. (Photo: R. McFarlane)


And Fiona MacPherson in Hotspur in 1994. (Photo: Branco Gaica)


Ruth played A in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women in 1995. (Photo: Jeff Busby)


She put her stamp on Virginia Woolf in Vita & Virginia in 1997, which played a return season the following year and toured the year after. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

Ruth Cracknell. She put her stamp on Virginia Woolf in Vita & Virginia in 1997. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

In 1999, Ruth played a fabulous Mrs. Hardcastle in Richard Cottrell's production of She Stoops to Conquer. (Photo: Branco Gaica)


Ruth's final production at STC was Salt in 2001, in which she played Laurel opposite the wonderful Pamela Rabe. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)

Ruth Cracknell. Ruth's final production at STC was Salt in 2001, in which she played Laurel opposite the wonderful Pamela Rabe. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)