Life and career
Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, to theatrical parents, she travelled widely as a child. She was "forbidden to go on the stage", so at age 16, became a typist in an advertising office, going on to write copy. At this time, however, she took every chance she got to take part in amateur dramatics, managing to get the lead roles in plays by Shaw, Ibsen, and Chekhov.
Following the role of the Fairy Wish-Fulfilment in the pantomime The Babes in the Wood at the Unity Theatre, London, she was, in 1939, offered a role by Herbert Farjeon in The Little Revue and worked in his revues for over three years. In 1940, she gave much support to and formed a strong friendship with Dirk Bogarde, in his first West End play, Diversions. During the Second World War, she became a regular singer at the Players' Theatre, where her repertoire included "Casey Jones", "Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow-wow", "Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron", "The Lady Wasn't Going that Way" and "You May Pet Me as Much as You Please".
Hope appeared in a range of roles in a production of Peer Gynt at the New Theatre in London (1944–45), directed the 1953 London production of The Boy Friend (and is also credited as director on the 'original cast' recording of 1954 starring Julie Andrews) and later directed Valmouth at the Lyric, Hammersmith (1958) and a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bristol Hippodrome (1958–59).
- The 39 Steps (1935) - Usherette
- Champagne Charlie (1944) – Rosie
- English Without Tears (1944)
- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1946) – Fanny Squeers
- Hue and Cry (1947) – Mrs. Kirby
- The Mark of Cain (1947) – Jennie
- They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) – Mrs Fenshaw
- It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) – Mrs Wallis
- Woman Hater (1948)
- For Them That Trespass (1949) – Olive Mockson
- Paper Orchid (1949) – Jonquil Jones
- The Interrupted Journey (1949) – Miss Marchmont
- Double Confession (1950) – Madam Zilia
- The Woman in Question (1950) – Shirley Jones
- The Man in the White Suit (1951) – Bertha
- Cheer the Brave (1951)
- Green Grow the Rushes (1951) – Polly Bainbridge
- Angels One Five (1952) – W.A.A.F.
- Emergency Call (1952) – Brenda
- The Long Memory (1952) – Alice Gedge
- Women of Twilight (1952) – Jess Smithson
- The Broken Horseshoe (1953) – Jackie Leroy
- Marilyn (1953) - Rosie
- Fast and Loose (1954) – Gladys
- Lease of Life (1954) - Mrs. Sproatley
- Charley Moon (1955) – staging of the musical numbers
- Rx Murder (1958) - Louise
- In the Doghouse (1961) – Mrs Crabtree
- Profile, ftvdb.bfi.org.uk; accessed 4 April 2014.
- Some of the Company – Vida Hope (autobiographical note). In : Late Joys at The Players' Theatre. T V Boardman & Co Ltd, London, New York, 1943., p83
- Bogarde, Dirk. A Postillion Struck by Lightning. Triad/Panther Books, Frogmore, 1978, p268.
- List of Songs. In : Late Joys at The Players' Theatre. T V Boardman & Co Ltd, London, New York, 1943, p113-115.
- Ibsen, Henrik. Peer Gynt – English version by Norman Ginsbury. Hammond, Hammond & Co Ltd, London, 1946, p7 (cast list for 1944 New London Theatre production).
- RCA Victor LP LOC 1018
- List of appearances for Vida Hope at the Theatricalia site accessed 10 April 2015.
- BFI page of films with Vida Hope accessed 10 April 2015.