Helmer started his career at the BBC
British stage and film director David Jones, helmer of “84 Charing Cross Road” and “Betrayal,” died Sept. 18 of a heart attack in Rockport, Maine. He was 74.
Jones started his career at the BBC, and was then hired by Royal Shakespeare Company’s Peter Hall in the early 1960s. He became known for mounting several unknown plays by Russian writer Maxim Gorky.
His longtime association with writer Pinter began at the Royal Shakespeare Company and continued with the 1983 film “Betrayal” starring Ben Kingsley and Jeremy Irons.
Starting in 1979, he served as artistic director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Theater company in New York. His first Broadway directing assignment was in 1994 with Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” starring Jason Robards and Christopher Plummer. Another Broadway production, Pinter’s “The Caretaker,” starred Patrick Stewart.
His other films for the big and small screen included “84 Charing Cross Road” with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft; “Langrishe Go Down,” “The Trial” and “A Christmas Carol.” He later turned to directing TV series including “Law & Order,” “Picket Fences” and “The Ghost Whisperer.”
He is survived by his companion Joyce Tenneson and two sons.