Bernard is an early product of the British baby boomers’ era, born in Yorkshire. As a very young theatregoer, he became enamoured, enchanted and impassioned by the excitement and the escapism – the magic -
For the past fifty-
In the ‘60s: movie star John Fraser’s first play Cannibal Crackers; the revue Rogers and Starr Run A-
Bernard relocated to South Africa in 1993 and, from 2000 to 2013, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg. His upcoming projects as an independent theatre producer include his seventeenth annual pantomime with writer/director Janice Honeyman, Pinocchio, and the South African premiere production of the musical The Color Purple. His current projects as an independent theatre producer include the South African premiere production of the musical The Color Purple and his eighteenth annual pantomime with writer/director Janice Honeyman, Snow White.
Bernard’s first book, (the apparently controversial) Not Simply Divine – a memoir of his eleven years spent as personal manager to the American cult movie star, Divine – was published in 1993 in the UK by Virgin Books, in 1994 in the USA by Simon & Schuster and then in 1996 in Japan.
Bernard Jay currently serves as a Council Member for both The South African State Theatre in Pretoria and The Playhouse Company in Durban.
Latest Update: February 2018
with former South African President Dr Nelson Mandela at
Joburg Theatre’s Nelson Mandela Theatre, 2002
with Lord Louis Mountbatten, HRH Princess Alexandra,
Douglas Fairbanks Jr and producer Paul Elliott on the set of
The Pleasure of His Company in London, 1976