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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Obituary: Derek Keller by Michael Quinn

Actor-turned-agent Derek Keller – affectionately known as ‘Bo’ – was a mainstay of Brighton’s theatre scene, where the offices of his agency

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Obituary: John Blackmore by Michael Quinn

John Blackmore had something of the Midas touch about him, rescuing several leading regional theatres from the brink of closure and restoring

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Obituary: Kenneth Haigh by Michael Quinn

Kenneth Haigh was the original ‘angry young man’. As the recalcitrant Jimmy Porter in John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger at the

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Obituary: John G Temple by Michael Quinn

A fortnight before former contributor to The Stage John G Temple became Coronation Street’s 21st producer in March 1985, the BBC launched

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Regional theatre leader John Blackmore dies aged 77 by Michael Quinn

John Blackmore, who led flagship regional theatres in Manchester, Bolton, Newcastle, Leicester and Lancaster, has died at the age of 77. His

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Claims against former artistic director of Dublin’s Gate were “credible and consistent” by Michael Quinn

A review into claims of inappropriate behaviour and abuse of power by former Gate Theatre boss Michael Colgan has found the allegations

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Obituary: Mick Hughes by Michael Quinn

A prolific and consistently imaginative lighting designer, had Mick Hughes been a painter he would have excelled in watercolours, able to evoke

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Obituary: Geraldine Stephenson by Michael Quinn

Geraldine Stephenson was one of the busiest choreographers and movement directors of her generation, accruing nearly 400 credits in theatre and on

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Obituary: Peter Wyngarde by Michael Quinn

Success in Department S and Jason King brought Peter Wyngarde fame in the early 1970s but cost him a later career on

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Northern Irish arts organisations warn of ‘death by a thousand cuts’ by Michael Quinn

Arts organisations in Northern Ireland have launched a campaign calling for greater public support for the arts. They warned of “death by

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Obituary: Bob Carlton by Michael Quinn

Bob Carlton will be widely remembered as the writer of the Olivier award-winning Return to the Forbidden Planet. Inspired by the 1956

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Obituary: John Barton by Michael Quinn

John Barton spent virtually all of his long and prodigious career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which he co-founded with Peter Hall

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Obituary: Bella Emberg by Michael Quinn

As the ever-reliable stooge to a succession of television comedians, Bella Emberg’s sizeable frame (the butt of endless jokes in less politically

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Obituary: Doreen Keogh by Michael Quinn

As Concepta Riley, the first barmaid to appear behind the bar of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street, Doreen Keogh created the

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Belfast’s Grand Opera House launches £11m restoration plan by Michael Quinn

The Grand Opera House in Belfast has launched an £11 million plan to restore the Frank Matcham-designed venue in time for its

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Obituary: Barry Shaw by Michael Quinn

After setting up his own practice in 1995, Barry Shaw consolidated his reputation as a leading theatre lawyer and regularly appeared in

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Obituary: James Barber by Michael Quinn

As the general manager and then long-serving director of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in his home town of Guildford, James ‘Jamie’ Barber

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Belfast’s MAC receives emergency funding to prevent closure by Michael Quinn

The threat of closure to Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre has eased following the announcement of emergency funding of £275,000 from the Department

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Obituary: Adam Darius by Michael Quinn

In the late 1960s, ballet dancer turned mime Adam Darius was a singular figure in carving out the creative space that led

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Obituary: Terence Beesley by Michael Quinn

A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Terence Beesley established himself as a resourceful actor in regional theatre

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Obituary: David Johnston by Michael Quinn

David Johnston was a leading figure in a generation of practitioners and theorists who brought theatre in education to the top of

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Funding crisis at Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre poses threat of closure by Michael Quinn

Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre needs emergency funding of £300,000 to avoid the prospect of closing at the end of the financial year.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Obituary: Scott Fredericks by Michael Quinn

The degree of fame Scott Fredericks found on British television was slight compared to his standing in his native Ireland where he

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Obituary: Meic Povey by Michael Quinn

Widely regarded as one of the most important playwrights working in the Welsh language, Meic Povey became a familiar television face as

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Obituary: Anna Krzystek by Michael Quinn

As a performer and choreographer, Anna Krzystek was a leading figure in independent dance and performance art in Scotland, co-founding the Glasgow-based,

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Obituary: Keith Chegwin by Michael Quinn

For more than a decade, Keith Chegwin was one of the biggest stars of children’s television, stamping his chirpy and infectiously carefree

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Keith Chegwin dies aged 60 by Michael Quinn

Actor and television presenter Keith Chegwin, familiarly known by his nickname Cheggers, has died at the age of 60. His death at

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Obituary: Paul Brown by Michael Quinn

Paul Brown was widely regarded as one of the most imaginative stage designers of the last four decades. He was certainly one

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Obituary: Sheila O’Neill by Michael Quinn

Sheila O’Neill was one of the most accomplished British dancers of recent times, with a reputation for stopping the show in countless

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Obituary: Rodney Bewes by Michael Quinn

Rodney Bewes will be best remembered as the ever-amiable Bob to James Bolam’s always abrasive Terry in two television series that caught

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Friday, November 24, 2017

UK cities stunned as EU blocks European Capital of Culture bids by Michael Quinn

Five British cities competing to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023 have been left reeling after it emerged the European

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