|Intro||Northern irish singer, actor and theatre producer active in the 1940s to 1980s.|
|A.K.A.||Lorenzo Denis Martin|
|Birth||1920, Belfast, Belfast city council district, County Antrim, Northern Ireland|
October 1988, London, Greater London, London, England
(aged -293 years)
Denis Martin was a Northern Irish singer, actor and theatre producer active in the 1940s to 1980s.
Martin won the All-Ireland tenor competition at Feis Ceoil in 1944, He then moved to England where he performed as a singer in musical shows and in radio and TV broadcasts. Soon after arriving in England Denis joined the Players’ Theatre, a permanent music-hall company in London. In 1949 he played the juvenile lead in King’s Rhapsody with Ivor Novello. He went on the become the Director of Production at the Players’ Theatre, developing and adapting plays for musical theatre.
Denis’s brother Brendan joined him in London as a professional singer at the Windmill Theatre.
- Songs of the Emerald Isle (1969)
- Galway Bay / Terence’s Farewell (1948)
- Eileen Oge / Sing Sweet Nightingale (1948)
- Come Back Paddy Reilly / The Last Mile Home (1949)
Stage and screen
Film and television roles
- These Wonderful Shows
- Music for You
- Tonight’s the Night (1954)
- Here and Now (TV) (1955)
- The Bamboo Prison (film) (1954)
- Happy Ever After (1954)
- The Good Old Days (TV) (1969 – 1971)
- Yuletide in the Music-Hall A Christmas Box at the Players’ Theatre; BBC Radio 4, 25 December 1969
- The Duenna
- Pacific 1860 (1946)
- Tuppence Coloured (1947)
- Oranges and Lemons (1947)
- King’s Rhapsody (1949)
- The Punch Revue (1955)
- A Little of What you Fancy (1968)
- Denis Gifford (1998). Entertainers in British Films: A Century of Showbiz in the Cinema. Flicks Books. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-948911-76-7.
- “Yuletide in the Music-Hall A Christmas Box at the Players’ Theatre – BBC Radio 4 FM – 25 December 1969”. Radio Times. 18 December 1969. p. 47. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- Audrey Williamson (1956). Contemporary Theatre, 1953-1956. Rockliff. pp. 164, 175.
- “Pacific 1860”. Guide to Musical Theatre. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- Stanley Green (30 April 2009). Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre. Da Capo Press. pp. 234–. ISBN 0-7867-4684-X.
- “King’s Rhapsody”. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- “The Punch Revue”. Guide to Musical Theatre. Retrieved 16 February 2013.