Heathcote Williams known to be the radical poet, playwright, actor and polymathic English genius, has died. He was aged 75. He was the author of many polemical poems, written over four decades in a unique documentary style.
He also wrote several successful stage plays including AC/DC and The Local Stigmatic. His most recent play, Killing Kit, was about the life and death of Christopher Marlowe.
Williams appeared in several films, often in cameo roles. He played the sophisticated Prospero in Derek Jarman’s 1979 production of The Tempest. Other credits were Sally Potter’s arthouse Orlando, based on Virginia Woolf’s novel, and Hollywood’s Basic Instinct 2.
His last volume of poetry was published in January and he wrote about Trump, American Porn. Williams wrote that Trump’s real name – Drumpf – “suggests dumbness, even the passing of wind/ As well as the merciful transience of fame.”