The Unofficial website for Tony Robinson


Theatre appearances

Just some of Tony’s many stage appearances, as I collect more information they will be added to the page, I’ve also reproduced some of the information about Tony from the programmes as it makes quite fun reading, and also gives numerous other plays/programmes that Tony has appeared in .


Alan Bennett’s Forty years on:

Mobil Touring Theatre 1997: Tony Played Tempest.

From programme:

“ Tony Robinson played Baldrick in Blackadder, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, which he also wrote.

His first professional appearance was at the age of 12 in the original version of the stage musical Oliver! This was followed by a number of shows , films and TV appearances as a child actor. After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he spent several years in rep, and worked for two years as a theatre director before moving to the Chichester Festival Theatre, the RSC and the National Theatre. It was around this time that he made his first notable television appearance as the cerebral palsied Ernie Robert in Horizon’s award-winning documentary Joey.

He has presented numerous television programmes including The Good Book Guide, Points of View, Hospital Watch and Stay Tooned, and has made several documentaries including three films in Africa for Comic Relief, and programmes on advertising, the history of animation and dung! He has also travelled round the Caribbean for BBC 2’s Great Journey’s.

 He has won numerous awards as a writer of children’s television programmes including two Royal Television Society awards, a BAFTA and the International Prix Jeunesse. He wrote thirty episodes of Central TV’s Fat Tulip’s Garden, a thirteen part BBC series based on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey called Odysseus- the greatest hero of them all, four series of Maid Marian, and twenty six episodes of his Old Testament series Blood and Honey.

He has written sixteen children’s books, and a cartoon strip version of Maid Marian which ran for a year in the Weekend Telegraph.

Last year he completed an hour-long award winning drama for Central TV called Coach trip to Calvary, a wildlife series for Survival entitled Wild about Essex and a comedy drama for Channel 4 called Holed. A sixth series of his archaeology programme Time Team is currently in preparation. He can now be seen on ITV in a new six-part comedy series by Simon Nye called My Wonderful Life.

 Tony has made over a thousand television programmes in all, and can be seen in the recent feature film The Never Ending Story-III playing an Irish dwarf who lives in a bird’s nest in the branches of a walking tree, He is currently putting the entire works of Terry Pratchett onto audio tape, twenty seven titles have so far been completed! “


Twelfth Night:

Chichester Festival Theatre: May to July 1976. Tony Played Feste

Monsieur Perrichon’s Travels:

Chichester Festival theatre August to September 1976 Tony played: Majorin



The Apple Cart :

First performed at the Phoenix Theatre London. Monday 7th November 1977(a Chichester Festival Theatre production) Tony played: Nicobar, the foreign Secretary.

 From programme:

“ Tony Robinson made his first Professional stage appearance at the age of 12 when he played one of Fagin’s gang in the original production of Oliver- later he took over the role of the Artful Dodger. During the following years he appeared in a number of west end shows, in films and on television until at the age of 17 he enrolled at the Central Scool for Speech and Drama. On leaving Drama School he spent four years in repertory before winning an Arts Council bursary to work as a director at the Midlands Arts Theatre in Birmingham. With writer David Illingworth, he founded the successful Avon Touring Company, Bristol’s community theatre company. On television he has been seen as the spastic Ernie Roberts in the award winning Horizon documentary Joey and in the title role in BBC production of The Miracle of Brother Humphrey. He was seen at the Chichester Festival Theatre as Angel Chicago in the 1974/5 season of the Nativity musical Follw that Star, which he repeated when the play was staged in London at the Westminster Theatre. After playing with Joihn Wayne in the film Brannigan he returned to Chichester where his brilliant performance as Hovstad in Ibsens’s An enemy of the people in the 1975 season was universally acclaimed. The following year he appeared at Chichester as Feste in Twelfth Night and played opposite Rex Harrison as the cringing accountant Majorin in Monsieur Perrichon’s Travels. Since then he has been seen in BBC Bristol television series Krek Bristle.”


Once upon a time:

Duke of York’s Theatre Christmas Matinees only December 1972: Tony played: Tweedle Dum, Turkey, Ogre, chef  

From Programme

“ Tony has appeared in many shows in the theatre, including:  Oliver-Artful dodger(original cast) New Theatre/ Stop the world…-Littlechap Jnr, Queens Theatre/Stephen D-Thunder, St Martins Theatre/ Ohgodiveleftthegason-schoolboy,Royal court/Baked Beans and caviare-Theatre Royal Windsor/The Rivals-Bob Acres, Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh/The Beggars Opera-Prospect productions/Pinocchio-Pinocchio,Belgrave theatre Coventry/The Sport of my mad mother-Theatre Upstairs/The abdication-Bristol Old Vic/Little Murders- Bristol Old Vic and has played seasons of leading roles with Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln,Stoke-on-trent and Bristol Old Vic theatres. His films include: Wheres theres a will-Tony/I could go on singing-Poet/Darwin adventure for Jo Strick on television/The man from the moors-Stubbs BBC/ A century of chance(series)-several roles BBC/ Scene-Mates BBC schools/Sam in playschool series Words and Pictures BBC/ Doctor at large LWT.


Follow the star

Westminster theatre December 1975, A Chichester Festival Theatre Production:  Tony played Angel Chicago (pictures from programme)

From Programme:  

“ Tony Robinson made his first professional stage appearance at the age of 12 as one of Fagin’s gang in the original production of Oliver, he later took over the role of the Artful Dodger. He then spent five years appearing as a juvenile in a number of West End shows until he joined the Central School of Speech and Drama. After leaving the school he spent four years in repertory before winning an Arts Council bursary to work as a director in Birmingham, at the Midlands Arts Theatre. With the writer David Illingworth he formed the Avon Touring Company, Bristol’s new community theatre company. Last Christmas he created the part of Angel Chicago in the tryout of Follow the Star at Chichester Festival Theatre and also appeared in this year’s festival, with Donald Sinden in An Enemy of the people and Patrick Macnee, Michael Bates and Patricia Routledge in Made in Heaven.”



RSC Piccadilly Theatre July 1980: Tony played Emil/Jacko 



New Theatre St Martins Lane London. 
From June 30th 1960. Tony started as one of the workhouse boys/Fagin’s gang but took over
as the Artful Dodger

Stop the world I want to get off

first performance Thursday 20th July 1961.

From programme:

 “Tony Robinson resembles his idol Anthony Newley in one respect-both have play The Artful Dodger. Young Tony had the part in Lionel Bart’s Oliver. He too has made films and Where there’s a will, out soon and The lonely stage are a couple of them.”

Dante Kaputt

Phoenix theatre Leicester : First performance 2nd August 1966

Tony cast as David.


The Beggar’s opera

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London: 

First performed 12th September 1968 : Tony cast as Nimming Ned.

Fears and Miseries of the Third Reich

The Bristol Old Vic company: Little Theatre: 1972


Bristol Old Vic: Wednesday 1st March to Saturday 25th March 1972. Tony cast as Nano

Plays and Players magazine

May 1975:

From the magazine:

 “The football king: Avon Touring Company: The play explores the financial and human realities behind the Saturday afternoon quest for goals and promotion to the first division, out comes a tale of seedy wheeler dealing, in which the players are treated like commodities  while there personal lives slip steadily down the league table. 

Tony plays the team’s manager.”

An enemy of the people

Chichester 1975: May to July: Chichester Festival theatre.

Tony cast as Hovstad.

Made in Heaven

Chichester 1975: July to September: Chichester festival Theatre.

Tony cast as the Children.

Once in a lifetime

RSC: Piccadilly Theatre: August 1980

Tony cast as Bellboy, 1st Page, and Doctors Lewis’s secretary 

From the programme

“Tony Robinson: seasons with Bristol Leeds Stoke on Trent, Leicester. Resident Director of Midland Arts Theatre. Bob Acres in The Rivals, title role in Pinocchio, Little Hopping Robin, Private Life of the Master Race, Volpone, Angel Chicago, Hovstad in Enemy of the People, the child in Made in Heaven, Feste in Twelfth night, Marjorin in Monsieur Perrichon’s Travels( Repertory). Appointed New Ventures Production associates at Chichester Festival Theatre in 1977.

Television: Sam, Doctor at large, satyros, little big time, Black and Blue, The E for environment, Manhunt, Horizon-Joey, The Miracle of Brother Humphrey, Smokescreen, Rag Trade, Dorans Box, Playaway, Krek Bristle.

Film : Brannigan.”

The Oresteia

National Theatre:  Opening The Olivier theatre 28 November 1981

From programme

“Tony Robinson: Theatre includes three years at Chichester as actor and director. Parts there included Feste in Twelfth night, Roderigo in Othello, Hovstad in Enemy of the People. Solo performance award at Edinburgh Festival for The Third Nam (also done as NT platform performance) RSC: Piaf , Once in a lifetime. TV includes Joey, The crime of Captain Colthurst, Big Jim and the Figaro club.”

Three Sisters

Bristol Old Vic: Wednesday 19th February to Saturday 22 March 1986

Tony Played: Andrei Prozorov

From programme:

“ Tony Robinson is probably best known as the character Baldrick in the BBC1 TV series Blackadder and as one of the regular team in Channel 4’s Who dares’s wins. He has lived in Bristol since 1972, is a founder member of the Avon Touring Theatre Company, and his previous work at the BOV includes Volpone, Little Murders, Fears and Miseries of the Third Reich and Christie in Love.  He spent three years at the Chichester Festival theatre as an actor and director and worked for over a year and a half on Peter Hall’s Oresteia which was performed not only at the National theatre but also in the 16000 seater amphitheatre at Epidaurus. He has also played in Piaf and Once in a lifetime for the RSC. He is currently writing two television series- a13 part story-telling saga on the life of Odysseus for the BBC, which he starts filming in May, and a second series of his children’s programme Tales from Fat Tulip’s garden. Work begins on a further 8 episodes of Who Dares Win’s in July. Recent Television includes shows with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones and Lenny Henry, as well as an episode of Bullman and as the chief psychiatrist at Broadmoor  in The Silent Twins.”

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