John Crockett

Last updated 09 January 2020

John Angus Basil Crockett

Born: Thursday 31st January 1918
Died: Saturday 11th October 1986 (age: 68)


John Angus Basil Crockett was a stage and television director. He was the second son of Colonel Basil Crockett DSO.

He directed the Doctor Who story The Aztecs in 1964, one of the most highly regarded of the black and white stories. In the 2002 DVD release of the story, the actor John Ringham is effusive in his praise for Crockett.

In 1939, he was a student of Art at Goldsmiths' College, New Cross, London, UK.

In 1944 he established a theatre company called The Compass Players. It was a travelling company that intended to perform high quality theatre to audiences who would not normally have access to it. During this time Crockett met his wife to be, Anne Marguritte Stern, first daughter of Dr. William Joseph Stern OBE, an eminent physicist. They raised their family in the Cotswolds, where he continued to paint.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, John produced a number of plays for both the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Dundee Repertory Theatre.

From Sept.1969 until Dec.1976 he was a teacher of Art and Drama at Downside School (Somerset, UK.), where he sent one of his three sons, Dr Antony Crockett FRCGP.

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