According to Wikipedia (I know, I know) still going at 83.....
Does anyone know if he is still with us? Imdb doesn't have that he's died but that doesn't mean much (thank you Steve).......it would be nice if he did a Francis Mathews and started 'chatting'. If someone knows-how is he? What's he up to?
According to Wikipedia (I know, I know) still going at 83.....
He was on stage last year and there've been no obituaries
Mr. Treves answers call of spring ; HARRY BAKER'S TeleView
Mail (Birmingham); Nov 17, 2007; p. 20
(Copyright 2007 Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd.)
AFTER seven years concentrating on television and radio work, Frederick Treves is trying another spell in the theatre.
"It's really my first love," says the man who played the Colonel in the BBC's successful series 'The Regiment."
And who, more recently harried David Main in "The Main Chance" as well as featuring with Dorothy Tutin in last year's tender play "Willow Cabins."
Now he is in final rehearsals for "When We Are Married," the J.B. Priestley play opening at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Wednesday.
He takes the part played by Eric Porter in the BBC production five weeks ago.
"I didn't watch it," he says, "I have been a friend of Erie for so long I was afraid I might unconsciously copy him.
"But my wife and children saw it and thoroughly enjoyed it- I hope they'll feel the same after seeing me in the same part."
What brings Mr. Treves back to the Rep, where he last played in 1952
"I was doing some radio work for the BBC at Pebble Mill," he says, "and I popped into the Rep to ask if there was anything going for my l8-year-old son, Simon, a member of the National Youth Theatre.
"They said: 'Why don't you join us for the spring season?' and the call of the theatre got me again.
"I shall also be appearing in the other two plays which will be in the repertoire here - 'A Man For All Seasons' and The National Health."
What a lad an 18 year old son at his age! Perhaps I've misread it? Anway assuming not, surely Simon has been on radio for years and years and..........
.....but very good to know he's still going strong.
Hello, susanduic and others -
Only just discovered this thread, indeed this site.
Very flattering that my father is remembered: I'll let him know (I'm seeing him tomorrow).
Just to correct a few misunderstandings. The Birmingham Rep interview dates from 1976 (when I was indeed a callow 18 year-old). Dad's last stage appearance was in William Nicholson's 'Map of the Heart' at the Gielgud Theatre (formerly Globe) in the West End in 1990 or 1991. He effectively retired from show-business about five or six years ago and now lives in glorious retirement with my Mum (with occasional visits to the Garrick).
It's really very touching that you wanted to know more about him: thank you so much on his behalf.
- Simon Treves
SimonOriginally Posted by simontreves
Good to hear from you and that your father is well.
I've emailed you.
Your Dad was a wonderful actor. He was one of these brilliant character actors who could play so many different roles. I well remember him in the Doctor Who serial Meglos where he played a very amusing character. I was first aware of him as an actor from his role in the young people's serial Tightrope which also starred Spencer Banks , David Munro and John Savident. It was a kind of follow on from Timeslip. As I believe that it still exists, it would be great to see it released on DVD. Your Dad was involved in so many interesting TV shows would he think of writing his autobiography one day? Ian.
Ah yes, I remember Tightrope! Dad was the baddy - 'White Gloves'!. You're right, Ian, they should release it on DVD - no idea if the original tapes even exist...
Unlikely Dad will now write his autobiography - he's eighty-three and a bit beyond anything like that. He did write several radio plays for the BBC in the sixties based on family life etc and one about his time in the Malta Convoy in 1942. No idea if the BBC archived them - probably not, bless them!
Thanks so much for posting.
Good to know he is still with us,Simon. I remember him in The Elephant Man,where Anthony Hopkins played the other Frederick Treves.
That's wonderful, I'm so pleased he's enjoying his retirement..........
I once had occasion to speak to your father when I worked at the BBC. I asked him whether he was the son of the surgeon Frederick Treves, and I think he told me that he was his nephew. When my father was wounded badly in the leg in the Great War, he lay in a field hospital in Belgium fully expecting to have an amputation the next morning. He was visited by the camp's surgeon, Frederick Treves, who took a good look at my father's leg, and said that he thought it could be saved. So we have a great deal to be thankful to your family for. I was born in India and returning there over 20 years ago, the first person I saw in the milling crowd at Bombay airport was your father and a film crew. He was probably there filming THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN. He was also in another film set in India, the story of Jim Corbett who wrote MANEATERS OF KUMOAN, an excellent documentary. Please convey affectionate greetings to your father; his name in the cast list always gave any film a lift.Originally Posted by simontreves
Hello Aphra (has anyone ever told you you're the spitting image of Irene Handl?).
Yes, Dad is the great nephew of Sir Fred of Elephant Man fame/notoriety: those stories were part of my childhood, long before the play and movie. How wonderful that Sir Fred was able to save your father's leg. (Are you sure it was Sir Fred? My paternal grandfather was also a doctor, and also called Fred. Otherwise you must be v v ancient!) And you're absolutely right: Dad filmed Jewel in the Crown in 1981(?) in Simla, and returned to India in 1986 to play 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett for the BBC. Anna Cropper (mother of Linus Roache) was in both too.
Thank you for the compliments (and to everyone else in this thread who has passed on similar messages). I saw Dad yesterday and told him of this thread. He knows nothing about computers/the internet but was delighted to learn that he is remembered with such affection.
What a small world it is. After reading one of Simon's posts, I listened to the serial Slipstream on BBC Radio 7, and found that Simon was in it - very good he was, too!
Why, thankyou, Lord Brett... All I remember about Slipstream is that we recorded it in a broom cupboard a year ago.Originally Posted by Lord Brett
If you're quick you can catch me in something more recent: Boscobel. It went out on BBC R4 last Saturday but can still be heard (until 3.30pm this Saturday anyway) via the BBC's iPlayer here: BBC iPlayer - Saturday Play: Boscobel
BOSCOBEL(P.S. I also play an uncredited Charles I!)
Historical thriller by Ian Curteis that charts the fortunes of the future Charles II in the immediate aftermath of his father's defeat.
After the execution of his father, the young Charles flees England. Over the course of a 40-day journey, he must learn how to live rough, evade capture and earn the kindness of strangers.
Charles ......Simon Woods
Derby/John Penderel ...... Kevin Eldon
Wilmot ...... Chris Larkin
George Penderel/Whitgreave ...... Simon Treves
Gifford/Woolf ...... Malcolm Brown
Carlis/Colonel ...... Stephen Carlile
Betty/Jane ...... Kate Sachs
Mrs Woolf/Cook ...... Jill Shilling
Directed by Dirk Maggs.
I am not sure whether you know this or not, but Tightrope was released by Network DVD on Monday. I received my copy today and I have very much enjoyed watching the first 5 episodes - and your father's performance in it. I was an excellent serial. And of course his Doctor Who serial - Meglos was also released earlier this year.