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For the past six decades, Bernard Jay has practiced his trade in many aspects of the business of entertainment: initially in his home country of England; then for a period of twelve years based in the USA; and subsequently in South Africa.  

He is the recipient of many awards for theatre production and administration, culminating in a Lifetime Achievement recognition from South Africa’s Naledi Theatre Awards in 2023.

Bernard’s first book, Not Simply Divine!, was published in the UK in 1993 by Virgin Books and then in the USA by Simon & Schuster.  He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is working on his second book, the autobiographical Much To Remember.

This update: January 2024

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