In 2016 he played Florenz Ziegfeld in the musical Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre London with Sheridan Smith (which transfered from the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre) Directed by Michael Mayer and Produced by Sonia Friedman (Over 300 performances!)
Also in 2016 he appeared in Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina as Terry at the Southwark Playhouse.
He played Juliet Mills’s husband in Bedroom Farce for Sir Peter Hall. Agatha Christie's Spider's Web playing Sir Rowland Delaheye (direted by Joe Harmston), Phantom of the Opera playing Firman (2 years at Her Majesty’s Theatre), Oliver! playing Mr Brownlow (3 years at The Palladium) and Fiddler on the Roof playing The Constable (with Topol at the Palladium). He starred in Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers at the Strand Theatre.
As a writer his recent books include Wedding Bells and Chimney Sweeps (2014) and Birds, Bees and Educated Fleas (2015). He co-authored The Book of Royal Useless Information and Catch That Tiger! – a true ‘Boys Own’ adventure story about the capture of the German Tiger tank in World War 2 (both published in 2012 by John Blake Ltd.)
He has written several plays for the BBC and broadcasters in other countries.
With Kenny Clayton he has written The Mistress, a musical exploring the menage á trois between Sir William and Lady Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson and a musical adaptation of Clochemerle.
He has appeared in two Doctor Who audio plays, and narrated over 100 audio books, voiced countless commercials and several animated films, including A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island and A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur.
He graduated from RADA in 1959.
After seasons at Birmingham and Colchester he joined the Old Vic appearing with Vivien Leigh and directed by Robert Helpmann. Plays included: La Dame aux Camellias, Duel of Angels, and Twelfth Night.
He appeared with Vivien Leigh again in her last play La Contessa.
He was leading man in the Welsh National Theatre (under Warren Jenkins).
In 1967 he moved to New Zealand and then Australia, producing, directing, writing and acting co-founded the Mercury Theatre in Auckland. In 1971 he moved back to the UK to concentrate on acting.
He now splits his time between Hove in Sussex and Nice in France and on Friday evening he can usually be found in Stoke Newington. He is married to actress Barbara Latham with whom he has had two children and three grandchildren.
Bruce is currently playing Abner Dillon in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (with Sheena Easton from 2017 to 2018 and from March 2018 with Lulu) Directed by Mark Bramble, Produced by Michael Grade and Michael Linnit. (Gate Ventures).
He is under contract for a series of commercials for Stannah stairlifts worldwide until 2020 (both apearing in and providing voice-overs for)
His latest book is The Book of Shakespearian Useless Information (with Foreword by Tim Rice) is published by Metro.
His musical The Mistress (music by Kenny Clayton) is being workshopped
Recently he guested in 6 x episodes of Hollyoaks as Derek, the missing ex of Nana McQueen (Diane Langton). Directed by Clive Arnold. He was guest star in New Tricks (10/10). Directed by Brian Grant.
Other television credits include the BBC's successful series, Butterflies (4 x seasons playing Leonard, the frustrated lover of Wendy Craig), Whoops Apocalypse! (LWT), Sharon and Elsie (BBC), Secret Army (BBC) with appearances in The Saint, The Protectors, Crane and more recently Doctors and Keeping Up Appearances.
Bruce with Lulu in 42nd Street
Film credits include The Vision (BBC), The Thief of Baghdad (directed by Clive Donner), George & Mildred (The Movie) and 80,000 Suspects (Rank).