Anne Rogers - actress, dancer, singer

The Boy Friend

Anne Rogers was born in Liverpool in 1933 and began her stage career when she was fifteen. She was in the original London production of The  Boy Friend (Sandy Wilson’s pastiche of a Twenties musical) playing the lead of Polly Browne in 1954 for nearly four years, introducing the ever popular title tune and  also  I could be happy with you.

My Fair Lady

In 1957 she toured the United States playing Eliza in My Fair Lady,  based on G B Shaw’s Pygmalion, winning the Sarah Siddons award, and after two years returned to London to play the same part for three years at Drury Lane Theatre.

St Johns Wood

She married Michael (Mike ) Hall, the son of band leader Henry Hall, an actor and chairman for many years of the Players Theatre.  They lived  with their sons Timothy and Jonathan in Middle Field, St John’s Wood for thirty years . Anne continued to appear on stage in London and Broadway in She Loves Me and Half a Sixpence.  In 2000 she played Jessie Matthews in the West End production of Over My Shoulder.

This page was added on 14/06/2021.

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  • After leaving school Anne was employed in a clothing factory named Bradburys situated on Winsford High Street until her departure to London and her stage career

    By Alan Ravenscroft (10/08/2021)
  • Anne was an evacuee to my home town Winsford in Cheshire in 1940,her real name was Agnes. She lived with the Galley family of Woodford Lane, Winsford until entering the acting world, and she was educated at St.Johns C.of E.School, Delamere Street, Winsford and was singing and dancing before her teens. She was known to me although I attended a different school. I last spoke to Anne and her husband in 1955 when we were all travelling on a North Western bus company bus service Northwich to Winsford, shortly after my demob from national service, They were visiting Mr.and Mrs Galley .

    By Alan Ravenscroft (09/08/2021)

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