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 and Executive Producer at Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg.
Bernard now operates from Johannesburg as an independent theatre producer. His current and future projects include the South African premiere production (2018) and subsequent international tour (2020/21) of the musical The Color Purple and the Janice Honeyman written-
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.
Latest Update: December 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