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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Michael Abbensetts obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright who explored the themes of race and identity in his stage and television work, most notably in the BBC drama series Empire RoadThe legacy of the colonial experience in the Caribbe…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Roger Rees obituary by Michael Coveney and David Edgar

Versatile British actor known for his stage roles in Shakespeare and the RSC’s Nicholas Nickleby who found fame on US TV in Cheers and The West WingRoger Rees, who has died aged 71 after s…

Linked From The Guardian at 04:48PM
Saturday, November 26, 2016

David Ryall obituary by Michael Coveney

Character actor with a distinguished stage, TV and film career that included a Harry Potter cameoDavid Ryall, who has died aged 79, was one of the most distinguished character actors at the …

Linked From The Guardian at 09:54AM
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Michael White obituary by Michael Coveney

Theatrical impresario and film producer behind The Rocky Horror Show, Oh! Calcutta! and Monty Python and the Holy GrailWhen he was awarded a lifetime achievement gong at the Olivier theatre …

Linked From The Guardian at 10:41PM
Friday, October 14, 2016

Joe Melia obituary by Michael Coveney

Outstanding actor of stage and screen who made his name as Bri in A Day in the Death of Joe EggThe British theatre changed for ever when Joe Melia, as the sardonic teacher Bri, pushed a…

Linked From The Guardian at 04:33PM
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Belgrade International Theatre Festival: Half a century of uniting Europe through theatre by Michael Coveney

In its earliest years, the Belgrade International Theatre Festival – Bitef – was a Cold War buffer state, rather like Tito’s Yugoslavia

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Brian Bedford obituary by Michael Coveney

Yorkshire-born actor admired for his many leading Shakespearean roles and his fine interpretations of classical comedy on Broadway and at Stratford, OntarioBrian Bedford, who has died aged 8…

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Alan Dossor obituary by Michael Coveney and Antony Sher

Theatre and TV director who oversaw a brilliant five-year period at the Liverpool Everyman in the 70sThe theatre and television director Alan Dossor, who has died of cancer aged 74, supervis…

Linked From The Guardian at 11:25AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Alan Howard obituary by Michael Coveney

One of the leading heroic actors of his generation, whose clarion voice would reverberate to the RSC’s raftersWhen the great Shakespearean actor Alan Howard, who has died aged 77, returned…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Anita Reeves obituary by Michael Coveney

Vivacious actor who was a favourite of the Dublin stageSpeeches were made from every stage in Dublin on the night Anita Reeves died of cancer, aged 68, a mark of the popular affection in whi…

Linked From The Guardian at 11:07AM
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nigel Terry obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage and screen actor known for his roles in The Lion in Winter, Excalibur and CaravaggioEvery now and then, a strange and mystical being wanders through the British theatre, and Nigel Terr…

Linked From The Guardian at 10:34PM
Monday, June 13, 2016

Lynn Redgrave obituary by Michael Coveney

Gifted actor with a flair for comedy from a celebrated British theatrical dynastyEven by the colourful standards of her own family's public profile and professional achievements, Lynn Redgra…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Annie Castledine obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage director who was a champion of new talent in the British theatreThe stage director Annie Castledine, who has died aged 77, was described by the critic Lyn Gardner as one of the arts wo…

Linked From The Guardian at 01:21PM
Monday, May 23, 2016

Dragan Klaic obituary by Michael Coveney

Theatre scholar and cultural commentatorThe suspicion of intellectuals in the British performing arts runs deep, so it is hard to appreciate exactly the status and reputation throughout the…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:09AM
Monday, May 16, 2016

Bill MacIlwraith obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright and television screenwriter best known for The Anniversary, which was turned into a 1968 film starring Bette DavisThe playwright and television screenwriter Bill MacIlwraith, who …

Linked From The Guardian at 01:12PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tom Beard obituary by Michael Coveney

Deft, poised supporting actor on stage and in popular television seriesThe actor Tom Beard, who has died aged 50 from cancer, was a handsome, robust supporting player generallyadmired for hi…

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Roger Hammond obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor known for his roles as clergymen, favourite uncles and tragic-comic charactersThere is a great tradition in the rotundity of actors, and Roger Hammond, who has died aged 76 of cancer, …

Linked From The Guardian at 02:33PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

John Gunter obituary by Michael Coveney

Set designer responsible for the look of many memorable theatre and opera productionsJohn Gunter, who has died aged 77, nine years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was respo…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Michael White obituary: producer of The Rocky Horror Show by Michael Coveney

Theatrical impresario and film producer behind The Rocky Horror Show, Oh! Calcutta! and Monty Python and the Holy GrailWhen he was awarded a lifetime achievement gong at the Olivier theatre …

Linked From The Guardian at 06:33AM
Sunday, March 6, 2016

Paul Bhattacharjee obituary by Michael Coveney

Elegant and meticulous actor whose work ranged from Shakespeare to EastEndersPaul Bhattacharjee, who has been found dead aged 53, was one of the country's leading British Asian actors, a key…

Linked From The Guardian at 08:55AM
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Peter Wood obituary by Michael Coveney

Director who worked with Tom Stoppard and was associate to Peter Hall at the National TheatreIn a long and illustrious career, the stage director Peter Wood, who has died aged 90, etched his…

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Frank Finlay by Michael Coveney

Stage and screen actor admired for his many classical theatrical roles who played the obsessed father in the 1970s TV drama Bouquet of Barbed WireAs an actor, there was something sinister an…

Linked From The Guardian at 01:40PM
Monday, January 25, 2016

Brian Bedford obituary by Michael Coveney

Yorkshire-born actor admired for his many leading Shakespearean roles and his fine interpretations of classical comedy on Broadway and at Stratford, OntarioBrian Bedford, who has died aged 8…

Linked From The Guardian at 11:54AM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman obituary by Michael Coveney

Versatile stage and screen actor hailed for his roles in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter and Love Actually Related: Alan Rickman: the most loyal, playful and generous of friends …

Linked From The Guardian at 09:58AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Peter Rice obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage designer whose work graced Opera Holland Park, the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House and many West End theatresEven in his last West End production, the stage designer Peter Rice, wh…

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Obituary: John Cater by Michael Coveney

Versatile and familiar character actor of stage and screenTrained in tap and ballet, neat and compact in appearance, John Cater, who has died aged 77, was a masterful character act…

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Robert Chetwyn obituary by Michael Coveney

Theatre and television director who nurtured stars and dazzled audiencesThere are few stage directors whose work, at the highest level, encompasses the plays of Joe Orton and William Douglas…

Linked From The Guardian at 09:24AM
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Julia Jones obituary by Michael Coveney

Prolific and talented writer of dialogue for television dramas and sitcomsJulia Jones, who has died aged 92, was a prominent and versatile television writer for more than 40 years, contribut…

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Donal Donnelly obituary by Michael Coveney

A talented Irish actor on stage and in films for Ford and HustonFor an actor who worked with two of the greatest movie directors of the last century and appeared in the world premieres of pl…

Linked From The Guardian at 04:57AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Albert Hunt obituary by Michael Coveney

Director, teacher and writer who made his mark in alternative theatre in the 1960s and 70sAlbert Hunt, who has died aged 86, was a teacher, director and controversialist who belonged to an e…

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

When theatre toes the conformist line by Michael Coveney

In the theatre, it’s not so much what you say, as how you say it. But increasingly you feel that someone else

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