I have just read with sadness that Patrick Mynhardt died in London. He was a formidable performer, an excellent clown and a wonderful teacher. I had the amazing privilege of playing Jessica to his Shylock in a fantastic Afrikaans production of The Merchant of Venice in the early 90’s, directed by Ilse van Hemert.
Isn’t the world an amazing place? I am currently doing research for next year’s Maynardville production of The Merchant. I cheekily put myself forward as assistant director; Roy Sargent is directing. So, the play has been much on my mind. And on Big Friendly’s. ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare’ has been living in the bathroom for the last couple of months.
Back to Patrick Mynardt. He died doing what he loved best. he was performing is one man show in London. Amazing.
How cool is this quote? During an interview to mark his 70th birthday, Mynhardt told Beeld newspaper: “Look, I wanted to be the world’s best and biggest acting star. And look where I am: a has-been in Henrietta Road, Norwood. But people tell me ‘But Mr Mynhardt, you’re a household name. And then I say ‘Thank you, madam, I am so honoured, but so is Vicks Vaporub.'”