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Burton and Taylor go to Oxford - David Wood

Features | By David Wood

Burton and Taylor at Merton College with Nevill Coghill (right)

Aged 21, David Wood was in a student play with two megastars – and got to kiss the most beautiful woman in the world

In 1965, when I was in my final year at Oxford, reading English, news came through that Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were coming to town. They were going to appear in an Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) production of Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Burton would play Faustus. Taylor would play the non-speaking role of Helen of Troy. The play would be directed by Professor Nevill Coghill, the Oxford don who had been Burton’s tutor during the war years, when he was at Exeter College. ...

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