Talk:Michael Graham Cox

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Interesting link to cast lists for 1959 productions[edit]

templeman library University of Kent at Canterbury, Theatre Collections, Programme Collection, Jack Reading's Programmes 1959

Open this link and search the word 'cox' in your browser. There are three productions with stunning casts: Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, CORIOLANUS Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, KING LEAR

Search results for the word 'beswick' (Davina's maiden name) are bizarre !
--Domskitect (talk) 04:23, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Contributions requested for Autumn 2007 Wulfrian - Wolverhampton Grammar School's annual.[edit]

Please add material here for editing. Depending what comes, an article for the Wulfrian needs to be ready for end October. Of course if you wish, add content directly to the main article, giving some direction here too, what should be included in the School's piece. The Wulfrian is circulated to present and former pupils. Tom at WGS will no doubt apply appropriate 'parental control' for his readership! The live draft will be posted here for editing.

This page (the link in blue letters) is essential for newcomers to wikipedia (like me) Wikipedia:How to edit a page. The Manual of Style is very useful too Wikipedia:Manual of Style. Add text, photos, video clips, recordings, references and links.

Correspondence with the co-ordinator at WGS is copied here FYI:

On 9 Oct 2007, at 16:21, dom-work wrote: Thank you Tom, I have had some contact with MGC's friend Jane Morgan (the BBC radio producer). I've put up a request for material I thought you might circulate to any old boys who knew my dad. There was a good friend - a GP in wolverhampton. we stayed with him once in the late seventies. I can't remember his name just now but I think it may come back. Perhaps you know? I think the same year as MGC. Rodney, maybe? If you can track him and (he's alive) do forward this link for contributions. That would be great to include. I know MGC did many school plays, in fact there was a story about staying on a year to do his last play and missing National Service (or something like that). He just missed by age anyway, i think. His older half-brother Jonny did it. Regards,

Dom Cox

From: Tom Johnson

Date: 9 October 2007 12:01:32 GMT+02:00 To: dom-work Subject: RE: Census 500[Scanned]

Dear Dominic, Just a quick email to see whether you would like to submit an article about your father's work for this year's Wulfrunian magazine? We are always seeking articles detailing the exploits of our old boys and it would make an interesting read. The magazine goes out in December and we are hoping to have all articles in by the end of October.

Best regards,


Tom Johnson Development Office

Wolverhampton Grammar School

On 17 Jul 2007, at 10:13, Tom Johnson wrote:

Dear Dominic,

Many thanks for completing Census 500 on behalf of your father. We have many former students who go on to achieve great things in their chosen field, but not many of these are in the public eye. As your father did enjoy public success, we would be very much interested in featuring him on the school website. Would you mind writing a short piece for us, either in the style of an obituary or an informative article? I am sure our Old Wulfrunians will be extremely interested to hear of his considerable achievements.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Many thanks,

Tom Johnson Development Office Wolverhampton Grammar School

Domskitect 13:31, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Request for material, discussion[edit]

Biographical content for the article called Michael Graham Cox would be especially welcomed by his son Dominic Graham Hadland Cox. Michael married Davina Lisbeth Hadland Beswick, a drama student at the Bristol Old Vic, where he read Music and German at the University, but was soon divorced after a difficult, unhappy period, following the birth of his son. Davina was not able to look after the child for psychological reasons, connected with her childhood experience as a prisoner of a Japanese camp in Shanghai following the invasion of World War II. The child was brought up by her mother Elfreda Beswick, during his early years. Michael was brought up in Wolverhampton in the Catholic tradition, where he attended the Grammar School [1] but, he broke with the Church in his late teens. His account of that was an enduring source of amusement. His closest friends (among many) were the radio Producer Jane Morgan, Playwright Douglas Livingstone, actors Terry Budd, Michael McStay, Tony Osoba [2] and Angela Pleasance. The article sadly lacks information on Michael's stage career, as he starred with Celia Johnson among others, in the West End of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1970s he played smaller roles in the Prospect Theatre Company's [3] famous productions of Shakespeare's Henrys at London's Round House. Arguably the highlights of his stage career were the Young Vic [4] productions of Othello, starring Delphine Seyrig and James Bolam's King Lear, of the mid 1970s. ∼∼∼∼

Cause of death[edit]

Who knows how Cox died? --V DE VICTINI (talk) 20:53, 5 August 2015 (UTC)