‘The day he died it seemed like the whole country came to a stop. Everywhere you went the fact that Peter had died seemed like an umbrella over everything.’ – Burt Kwouk
‘ I remember his two children eating in the staff dining room at night and how we all respected their need for privacy and just felt heartbroken for them.’ – Jacqui, nurse at the former Middlesex Hospital
‘ I had just received my acceptance letter from the Middlesex when he died. I remember being so proud that soon-to-be colleagues had worked so hard to save him.’ – Sarah, nurse
Actor, comedian and singer Peter Sellers died in the former Middlesex Hospital, Fitzrovia, at midnight on 24 July 1980. He has been described as ‘the greatest comic genius this country has produced since Charles Chaplin’. Come and hear some of the pieces that made him such a beloved and respected performer.
This is a free event at 13:00 on Friday 20 July at the Fitzrovia Chapel, Pearson Square, W1T 3BF. The chapel used to be part of the former hospital. We are open every Wednesday, and once a month for our experimental Wireless Contemplation series. Other events throughout the year will feature Sir Winston Churchill, Daphne du Maurier, E.R. Braithwaite and Charles Dickens.