Born: Guyana, 1934
Norman Beaton born in Georgetown, Guyana was an actor, composer and playwright. After moving to England in 1960 Beaton wrote his first musical Jack of Spades (1965), which was a hit at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. This was followed by his second musical Sit Down, Banna (1966) for the Connaught Theatre in Worthing where he made his acting debut by taking the lead role. On stage he made his mark as Ariel in Jonathan Miller’s production of The Tempest (1969), and played Angelo in Measure for Measure, the first all-black production at the National Theatre (1981).