Toni Arthur

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Toni Arthur-Hay (born on 27 December 1940) is an English theatre director, former folk singer and television presenter.

Early life and education[edit]

Arthur-Hay was born Antoinette Alice Priscilla Wilson in Oxford, England. She was educated at Mary Datchelor's Girls School in Camberwell and the Royal Academy of Music.



Arthur is most popularly remembered as one of the presenters of the children's programmes Play School and Play Away alongside Brian Cant. She also presented Woman's Hour, TV-am's breakfast show and many other programmes.


She released several folk music albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s with her husband, Dave Arthur. These included Morning Stands on Tiptoe (1967).[1]


Arthur has written several plays and books.


In 2003 Arthur directed A Very Naughty Boy by Adrian Poynton based on the life of Graham Chapman. It won a First prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Personal life[edit]

Arthur married the singer and storyteller Dave Arthur in 1963 and they had two children Jonathan and Timothy. They separated in 1977.[1]

She married the former Time Out Magazine comedy editor Malcolm Hay in 1996.


  1. ^ a b Abbott, Kingsley (December 2009). Lewis, Alan; Draper, Jason, eds. "Album Reviews". Record Collector (London: Diamond Publishing) (369): 92. Retrieved 20 April 2010.  |chapter= ignored (help)

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