The Society are delighted to announce that Barry Cryer and Ken Cranham have agreed to become new Vice-Presidents. We are certain they will be wonderful ambassadors for the Society and J.B. Priestley.
Barry Cryer is one of Britain’s truly great comedy writers and performers. He has written for some of our highest rated shows and for many of our most popular comedians. His wit, life experience and huge sense of the comedic is still enjoyed by millions – on radio, television and theatre performances. He is a huge admirer of Priestley and was a friend of the author towards the end of Priestley’s life. He wrote introductions for the new editions of The Good Companions and Lost Empires. Priestley was Barry’s choice for BBC Radio 4′s Great Lives back in 2011. You can still listen to this on the BBC iplayer by clicking this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x95hm/Great_Lives_Series_23_JB_Priestley/
Ken Cranham is one of the country’s most well known and respected actors; a familiar face to television, film and theatre audiences. As well as giving a masterly performance as the Inspector in Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls when it first opened at the National and later in New York he also assisted in launching the reissued novel Bright Day and Priestley’s Wars. He has also given talks about J.B. Priestley with readings especially of the Dunkirk Postscript which he says he can never get through without tears in his eyes!