Stella and Julia
Stella trained in stage management at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School which equipped her well for her first job as dogsbody on the musical SAIL AWAY starring Elaine Stritch when it premiered at the Bristol Hippodrome.
The show's author and director Noel Coward encouraged her ambitions and for almost a decade she worked for a string of top producers including Michael Codron, Harold Fielding and Bernard Delfont on a wide range of shows and plays with stars such as Ian McKellen, Jill Bennett, Anna Massey, Keith Michel, Glynis Johns and Patrick Stewart.
This included two years with the Bristol Old Vic Company and several more in the West End before achieving her ambition to work on a musical at Drury Lane, THE FOUR MUSKETEERS.
Fancying a job sitting down a bit more when the run ended, she accepted an offer from Harry Secombe, the star of the show, to work for him in his St. James's office from where she started the agency in the '70s.
In 1978 Stella married Paul McGurk the first Administrator of BAFTA, and until his death in 1998 Paul joined her in running Stella Richards Management.
Another lifetime ago Julia trained at Arts Ed and had her own career in theatre for eleven happy years.
She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where credits included POPPY directed by Terry Hands, THE WIZARD OF OZ for Ian Judge, THE TEMPEST directed by Nicholas Hytner - also working alongside Jeremy Sams and Martin Duncan - RESTORATION for Roger Michell, Gene Saks’s production of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and THE THEBAN TRILOGY directed by Adrian Noble.
Julia also appeared in productions at Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, the Belgrade in Coventry, the Everyman at Cheltenham and Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as a number of shows in the West End.