Ronald Bryden was an influential figure in the world of theatre
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, he was sent to boarding school in Toronto
He studied English at the University of Toronto and then Kings College,
After graduating, he began writing book reviews, but soon became one of the
leading London theatre critics in the 1960s and early 1970s.
In 1972 he became play adviser to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 1977, he returned to Canada, where he became a drama professor in
Toronto and an influential figure at the Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival.
Walcott and Bryden corresponded frequently on the representation of
Carribean characters in theatre, “cultural cross-pollination” in plays and about
Walcott’s own work (including his 1974 play
The Joker of Seville