Harold Fielding

Harold Lewis Fielding (4 December 1916 - 27 September 2003) was an English theatre producer. Fielding was one of Britain's foremost theatrical producers who produced several musicals, including Mame, Charlie Girl, Half a Sixpence, Show Boat, Scarlett, Barnum, Sweet Charity, The Biograph Girl, and Ziegfeld. The son of a stockbroker, Fielding was born in Woking, Surrey and educated privately. As a child prodigy, he studied violin with Josef Szigeti. He also handled Tommy Steele's early career, and commissioned Half a Sixpence for him. He was interviewed by Sue Lawley on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 on 17 June 1990. Fielding married Maisie Joyce Skivens in 1955, and was widowed in 1985. They had no children. He suffered a series of strokes in 1998, and retired to a private nursing home in Kingston-upon-Thames, where he died.


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