Partner Beverley Nichols

Queer Places:
Sudbrook Cottage, Ham Gate Ave, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond TW10, Regno Unito

'''Cyril George Butcher''' (31 July 1909 – 23 February 1987) was an English actor and director, longtime companion of Beverley Nichols.

Cyril George Butcher was born on 31 July 1909, in Suffolk, England.

In 1930 the magazine ''Film Weekly'' sponsored a pair of film acting scholarships. The two winners (Cyril Butcher and Aileen Despard) went on to appear in the now lost Alfred Hitchcock short ''An Elastic Affair'' and placed under contract by British International Pictures.[1]

In the early 1930s he met novelist and playwright Beverley Nichols and they remained lifelong partners since then. Their friends were Hugh Walpole and Lord Berners, among others.[2]

In 1934 he published ''In Extremis, Worst Moments in the Lives of the Famous'' with a foreword by Beverley Nichols.[3]

In 1939, together with Albert Arlen, he directed the play ''Counterfeit!'' at the Duke of York's, London.[4]

In 1953 Butcher adapted ''Evensong'' by Beverley Nichols for the television.[5]

In 1956 he directed the television adaptation of ''Macadam and Eve'' from the play of Roger Macdougall.[6]

In 1957 Butcher was the producer the television drama "Granite Peak".[7]

Between 1959 and 1963 he directed for television: Ideal Home Exhibition (1963), The English Captain (1960), The Last Hours (1959), Old People; Part 1 (1959), Election Results 1959 (1959).[8]

At the death of Nichols in 1984, Butcher was the main beneficiary of his will amounting to £131,750 in Inflation-year|UK sterlins).[9]

Cyril Butcher died on 23 February 1987 at Sudbrooke Cottage, the house he shared with Nichols, in Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey.


  1. ^ cite book|last1=Kerzoncuf|first1=Alain|last2=Barr|first2=Charles|title=Hitchcock Lost and Found: The Forgotten Films|date=2015|publisher=University Press of Kentucky|url=https://books.google.it/books?id=j9PtBgAAQBAJ&pg=PT83&lpg=PT83&dq=Cyril+Butcher+the+winner+of+film+weekly&source=bl&ots=lnnCpHSmrl&sig=sjSQfaLVTAtu4yCwD82FJc5SXC8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwin5-GW5e3YAhXKPxQKHawpAckQ6AEISzAL#v=onepage&q=Cyril%20Butcher%20the%20winner%20of%20film%20weekly&f=false|accessdate=23 January 2018
  2. ^ cite web|title=Beverley Nichols papers|url=http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/html/mss0620.html|website=Special Collections University of Delaware Library|accessdate=23 January 2018
  3. ^ cite journal|title=In Extremis - 18 Nov 1934, Sun • Page 7|journal=The Observer|date=1934|page=7|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16787065/the_observer/|accessdate=23 January 2018
  4. ^ cite journal|title=Counterfeit! - 20 Aug 1939, Sun • Page 9|journal=The Observer|date=1939|page=9|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16787104/the_observer/|accessdate=23 January 2018
  5. ^ cite journal|title=Documentaries - 21 Oct 1953, Wed • Page 3|journal=The Guardian|date=1953|page=3|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16787146/the_guardian/|accessdate=23 January 2018
  6. ^ cite journal|title=First Flashes of a New Spirit - 30 Jun 1956, Sat • Page 3|journal=The Guardian|date=1956|page=3|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16787086/the_guardian/|accessdate=23 January 2018
  7. ^ cite journal|title=Australian Authoress's Play - 27 Apr 1957, Sat • Page 5|journal=The Guardian|date=1957|page=5|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16787051/the_guardian/|accessdate=23 January 2018
  8. ^ cite web|title=Cyril Butcher|url=http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b9f27dea5|website=British Film Institute|accessdate=23 January 2018
  9. ^ cite journal|title=Beverley Nichols' will - 22 Jan 1984, Sun • Page 5|journal=The Observer|date=1984|page=5|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16787118/the_observer/|accessdate=23 January 2018