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Stuart Lancaster was the grandson of Charles Ringling of the Ringling Bros. Circus, and began his career at the Cleveland Playhouse. After serving as a naval aviator in World War II, he became the managing director of The Palm Tree Playhouse in Sarasota, Florida for 10 seasons. An active actor for fifty-five years in theatre, film, and television, he directed many critically acclaimed theatre productions as well.

A member of the Colony since 1977, he directed Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander, Watch on the Rhine, The Desperate Hours, the Intermission Feature segment of Duets, and Scenes and Revelations, for which he won a Drama-Logue award, co-directed A Company of Wayward Saints, and designed lights for Looking Glass and for The Martian Chronicles when it moved to the El Rey Theatre.

Colony audiences may remember Stuart as Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Professor Drembitsky in Poor Murderer, Professor Faber in Fahrenheit 451, Reverend Casey in The Grapes of Wrath, Reverend Obediah Buckhorn, Sr. in Holy Ghosts, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, The Court in Execution of Justice, Big Julie in Guys and Dolls, Jared in To Grandmother's House We Go, Grandpa in You Can't Take It With You, the Old Jew in Incident at Vichy, and Luther Kingsley in City of Angels, among other roles.

Stuart  was also known by many as the founder of the Palm Tree Playhouse in Sarasota, Florida and as the Artistic Director of the Royal Circus.

Simultaneously through the years, he was seen on television and in feature films, including Ben, a recurring role on The Young and the Restless, and in the feature films Edward 

Stuart Lancaster, November 30, 1920 - December 22, 2000.