b. 26 April 1926, Barry, Glamorgan, Wales, d. 14 October 2002, London, England. As a young dancer Davies came to the attention of Wendy Toye in the early 40s and they later worked together in the film I’ll Be Your Sweetheart (1945) and on the stage in the 1946 West End production of Annie Get Your Gun. At Toye’s suggestion, Davies teamed up with fellow dancers Beryl Kaye and Paddy Stone to form an act, the trio appearing in Joyce Grenfell Requests The Pleasure, staged in London in 1954 and at Broadway’s Bijou Theatre in 1955. Davies appeared in the film Invitation To The Dance (1956), which was directed by and starred Gene Kelly, and The Good Companions (1957), in which Joyce Grenfell also appeared. Davies was responsible for the choreography for Rock Carmen (1972), the musical Jean Seberg (1983) at London’s National Theatre, and he was involved in the staging of the Broadway revue, Jerome Kern Goes To Hollywood, at the Ritz Theatre for a one-week run at the end of January 1986. He directed Stairway To The Stars (1989), which starred Jane Russell, Gloria De Haven and Dorothy Lamour, Skate For Life (1993), which featured ice-skating champion Robin Cousins, and Lust (1993), a musical version of The Country Wife.
Davies’ television work included appearing in a production of Kiss Me Kate with which the BBC’s second channel was launched in 1964. Among the many leading entertainers with whom Davies worked over the years were Anita Harris, with whom he also appeared in the musical Bertie (1993) and later made a health and fitness video, Fizzical!, Engelbert Humperdinck, Howard Keel, Liberace, Millicent Martin, Tommy Steele and Twiggy. The last major show on which Davies worked was the comedy, The Play What I Wrote, which was based upon the television work of comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. Davies had first met the duo on the same show for which he had auditioned for Toye, 1943’s Strike A New Note. Davies collaborated with Heather Cornell on the choreography for The Play What I Wrote, which enjoyed a good run in London’s West End before transferring to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre where it ran from 30 March to 15 June 2003. This production was dedicated to the memory of this exceptionally talented choreographer.