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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Obituary: Duncan C Weldon – ‘formidable theatre producer with the Midas touch’ by Michael Quinn

If any producer could claim to have had the Midas touch, it was Duncan C Weldon. Responsible for more than 700 classic

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Theatre producer Duncan C Weldon dies aged 77 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the theatre producer and former administrator Duncan C Weldon who has died at the age of 77.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Obituary: Jennie Buckman – ‘told unheard stories that exposed inequality and injustice’ by Michael Quinn

On her website, Jennie Buckman described herself as “acting coach, playwright, activator”, that last epithet pointing to her increasing engagement with political

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Obituary: Windsor Davies – ‘star of sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ by Michael Quinn

As Battery Sergeant-Major Williams in David Croft and Jimmy Perry’s It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Windsor Davies’ booming voice could be heard

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Obituary: Actor Thomas Baptiste – ‘a leading figure in Britain’s post-war, cultural landscape’ by Michael Quinn

Born in British Guiana (now Guyana), Thomas Baptiste came to London in 1950 to study agriculture but instead became a leading figure

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Obituary: Carol Channing – ‘Entertainer of uncommon and distinctive qualities’ by Michael Quinn

When she made her London stage debut in 1970, Carol Channing came trailing glory as a Tony award-winning Broadway veteran of 20

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Obituary: Bernard Lloyd – ‘Acclaimed stage and screen actor’ by Michael Quinn

If Bernard Lloyd never achieved the celebrity of some of his peers, it wasn’t for the lack of exposure or ability. A

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Obituary: Barbara Kirby – ‘Valued ensemble member of the National Theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Barbara Kirby came late to acting, leaving behind a promising career in the Metropolitan Police as an executive officer in internal investigations

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Obituary: Michael Wild – ‘The nearly man of British musical theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Michael Wild was the nearly man of British musical theatre in a career that saw him produce more than 40 such works.

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Obituary: Jer O’Leary – ‘Admired as much for his political activism as for his acting’ by Michael Quinn

A popular, instantly recognised face on the streets of his native Dublin, Jer O’Leary was admired as much for his political activism

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Obituary: Johnny Hart – ‘Magician who worked with the Beatles, Ken Dodd and Bruce Forsyth’ by Michael Quinn

Johnny Hart, who has died aged 75, learned magic from a library book and went on to become the Magic Circle’s first

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Actors, writers and directors accuse Ireland’s Abbey Theatre of neglecting home-grown talent by Michael Quinn

More than 300 Irish actors, writers and directors have signed a letter to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, accusing its current leadership team of

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Obituary: Guy Hutchins – ‘Storyteller whose work for young audiences explored generational and inter-cultural issues’ by Michael Quinn

Guy Hutchins was a writer and storyteller whose work for young audiences explored generational and inter-cultural issues using masks, mime, puppets, dance

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Obituary: June Whitfield – ‘Stage actor of considerable promise before finding fame on radio and television’ by Michael Quinn

Comedy doyenne June Whitfield was a stage actor of considerable promise before finding fame working alongside a veritable who’s who of British

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Obituary: Ralph Koltai – ‘the most influential stage designer in British theatre in the latter half of the 20th century’ by Michael Quinn

Ralph Koltai, who has died at the age of 94, was the most influential stage designer in British theatre in the second

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Obituary: Janet Paisley – ‘prolific poet, novelist and playwright’ by Michael Quinn

A prolific writer, Janet Paisley was an accomplished poet, novelist and playwright who won the Peggy Ramsay award in 1996 for her

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Obituary: Laurence Kennedy – ‘stage and screen actor of consummate skill’ by Michael Quinn

Having worked with Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on My Very Own Story in 1993 and again in the

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Obituary: Jane Wenham – accomplished classical actor and star of stage and screen by Michael Quinn

Having shown herself to be a classical actor of promise with the Bristol Old Vic and Old Vic in the first years

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Obituary: Andrew Burt – actor and voice-over artist who starred in Emmerdale and I’m Alan Partridge by Michael Quinn

As the novelist Jack Sugden newly returned home to take over the eponymous Emmerdale Farm in ITV’s pioneering lunchtime soap, Andrew Burt

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Obituary: David Conville – actor, writer and producer who transformed Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Michael Quinn

In his 25-year stewardship of London’s Open Air Theatre, David Conville transformed the venue into an essential fixture in the capital’s theatre

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Alice: The Musical review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘exuberant, high-energy take on a classic’ by Michael Quinn

Twenty years after its first outing at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, Paul Boyd’s colourful helter-skelter ride down a rabbit hole into Wonderland returns

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Obituary: Douglas Rain – classical actor and member of the founding company of the Stratford Festival in Ontario by Michael Quinn

In his native Canada,Douglas Rain was revered as a classical actor of stature, having been a member of the founding company of

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Obituary: John Bluthal, stage and screen actor known to millions as Frank Pickle in The Vicar of Dibley by Michael Quinn

John Bluthal was known to successive generations of television viewers from the 1960s onwards for his appearances in Never Mind the Quality,

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Obituary: Brian Kirk – ‘one of the most respected producers and company managers of his generation’ by Michael Quinn

Brian Kirk’s first theatre job, as a novice flyman at London’s Palace Theatre in 1968 working on David Heneker’s Stanley Baxter-starring musical

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Obituary: Ntozake Shange – playwright who was ‘a powerful proponent of the black, urban experience’ by Michael Quinn

Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf was only the second play by a black woman

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Obituary: John Harrison – director who championed regional theatre and community engagement by Michael Quinn

Few figures championed regional theatre in Britain in the second half of the last half century so steadfastly or successfully as John

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Obituary: Elyse Dodgson – Royal Court’s international director who was a ‘tireless champion of playwrights’ by Michael Quinn

As the Royal Court Theatre’s international director for more than 20 years, Elyse Dodgson introduced British audiences to writers and plays from

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Obituary: Rio Fanning – ‘led a double life as an actor and a writer’ by Michael Quinn

As the actor Rio Fanning and writer Michael Robartes, the son of Irish playwright AP Fanning led a double life – one

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Belfast’s Lyric: charting 50 dramatic years in Northern Irish Theatre history by Michael Quinn

In a turbulent half-century, Belfast’s Lyric Theatre has survived bombings, irate resignations and a costly rebuild. Michael Quinn looks at how the

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Obituary: Cicely Berry – ‘RSC’s pioneering vocal coach who transformed theatre practice’ by Michael Quinn

Cicely Berry’s influence on the speaking of text, on the physicality of actors’ vocal performances and the central importance of a body-and-mind

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dear Arabella review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘reflective and humane’ by Michael Quinn

A chance encounter and a small act of kindness reverberates in the lives of three women to transformative effect in Marie Jones’

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