Early Work

Leslie started directing in repertory theatre in Folkestone. His very first production of Terence Rattigan's SEPARATE TABLES was so successful thathe was invited back to be Director Of Productions the following season. He then became the first Artistic Director of the picturesque WatermillTheatre in Newbury.

After a spell of work at the BBC and as a freelance director Leslie became Artistic Director and Licensee of the newly formed Southend Civic Theatre Trust and
ran the Palace Theatre Westcliff for three record breaking years from 1972-5.
Among the many memorable Westcliff successes were KING LEAR, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, PYGMALION, FORGET-ME-NOT-LANE, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE NATIONAL HEALTH, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, Alfred Marks as John Osbone's THE ENTERTAINER, Anne Stallybrass as G.B.Shaw's CANDIDA, Peggy Mount in THE BANDWAGON and ALL THINGS BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL,
Irene Sutcliffe in THE DAY AFTER THE FAIR, Gary Raymond and Delena Kidd in MACBETH, Peter Adamson in A THOUSAND CLOWNS and Peter Duncan in EQUUS
and BILLY LIAR.

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