Gillian Diamond 11 July 1938 - 10 March 2015
Gillian Diamond. image source The Guardian
Gillian Diamond was a hugely influential Casting Director who worked closely with key figures at seminal moments in Twentieth Century British Theatre including Peter Hall at his newly formed RSC and then National Theatre, and William Gaskill and Lindsay Anderson at the Royal Court.
Gillian believed in the ideals of an ensemble company, the creation of serious new plays, and theatre as a democratic experience. She cast Hall and John Barton’s famous RSC Wars of the Roses sequence in 1964, as well as Pinter’s The Homecoming and Peter Brook’s King Lear (with Paul Scofield) and infamous Marat/Sade.
Gillian came to RADA in 1992 and took the MA Text and Performance part time, graduating in 1994.
Obituary in The Guardian