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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Obituary: Mustapha Matura – playwright who explored the experiences of West Indians in the UK by Michael Quinn

Mustapha Matura, who has died aged 79, transformed the profile of domestic theatre in the 1970s and beyond as one of the

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Obituary: Noel O’Donovan – actor who was a mainstay of contemporary Irish theatre by Michael Quinn

Actor Noel O’Donovan was a mainstay of contemporary Irish theatre who also made memorable contributions to Ireland’s homegrown television and film industries

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Obituary: Alicia Alonso – ‘one of the greatest prima ballerinas of the last century’ by Michael Quinn

Hailed as one of the greatest prima ballerinas of the last century, Alicia Alonso was a force of nature who dominated American

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Obituary: Leah Bracknell – Emmerdale actor who played the first lesbian character to feature regularly in a British soap by Michael Quinn

Leah Bracknell’s 16-year spell as vet Zoe Tate in ITV’s long-running Emmerdale saw her create television history as the first regular, openly

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Obituary: Stephen Moore – ‘versatile actor who was a stalwart of the RSC and National Theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Stephen Moore was one of the most versatile and reliable actors of his generation. A vital, always intelligent presence on stage, his

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Obituary: Terence Knapp – London-born actor who found fame in Hawaii by Michael Quinn

A founding member of the National Theatre, Terence Knapp found fame on the other side of the world where he was formally

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Obituary: Juliette Kaplan – Last of the Summer Wine’s Pearl Sibshaw by Michael Quinn

Juliette Kaplan, who has died aged 80, will be best remembered for her 25-year residency in Roy Clarke’s Last of the Summer

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Irish arts budget announcement prompts mixed responses by Michael Quinn

A 2% increase to arts and culture funding outlined in Ireland’s newly announced 2020 budget has been met with mixed reactions, despite

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Obituary: Jessye Norman – operatic force of nature by Michael Quinn

Possessed of a voice that refused any categorisation other than its own lustrous sound, Jessye Norman, who has died aged 74, was

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Obituary: John O’Brien – much-admired Ballet Rambert dancer and widely respected teacher by Michael Quinn

John O’Brien owed his career as a much-admired principal dancer with Ballet Rambert, and later a widely respected teacher, to the suggestion

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Obituary: Jenny Secombe – ‘prominent publicist of BBC TV comedy hits’ by Michael Quinn

As the eldest child of the comedian and singer Harry Secombe, a career in showbusiness must have seemed an inevitability for Jenny

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Obituary: Anna Quayle – ‘versatile actor admired for her dramatic panache and comedic subtlety’ by Michael Quinn

Hailed in the UK as the inheritor of Joyce Grenfell’s mantle and in the US as “Broadway’s new comedy queen”, Anna Quayle

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Obituary: James Cellan Jones – ‘responsible for some of TV’s most critically acclaimed dramas’ by Michael Quinn

No director stamped their signature on the television costume and period drama with as much style, substance and success as James Cellan

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Obituary: playwright Peter Nichols – ‘Never afraid of tackling the thorniest of issues head-on’ by Michael Quinn

Few writers mined their own biography with such caustic flamboyance and mordantly gleeful disregard for opinion as Peter Nichols, who has died

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Obituary: Gillian Hanna – Founding member of Monstrous Regiment and alternative theatre pioneer by Michael Quinn

Gillian Hanna, who has died at the age of 75 after a long illness, was a protean figure in the alternative theatre

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Former Belfast Grand Opera sales manager spared jail after admitting £20k fraud by Michael Quinn

A former ticket sales manager with Belfast’s Grand Opera House has avoided jail after pleading guilty to stealing more than £20,000 from

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Obituary: Sheila Steafel – ‘versatile actor who excelled in comedic roles’ by Michael Quinn

Speaking to The Stage in 1979, Sheila Steafel described herself as “a straight character comedy actress who always wanted to be a

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Obituary: Freda Dowie – actor who portrayed the long-suffering mother in Distant Voices, Still Lives by Michael Quinn

Freda Dowie will be best remembered as the abused, long-suffering mother in Terence Davies’ autobiographical film Distant Voices, Still Lives, a role

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Obituary: Julia Farron – ‘ballet dancer and teacher with an impeccable sense of style’ by Michael Quinn

Dancer Julia Farron, who has died at the age of 96, may not have achieved the celebrity status of her peers Margot

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Obituary: Karl Shiels – ‘a master of site-specific theatre and a dynamic champion of new writing’ by Michael Quinn

Few figures made so charismatic or immediate an impact on recent Irish theatre as the actor and director Karl Shiels, who has

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Obituary: Jeremy Kemp – stage and screen actor who excelled at playing authority figures by Michael Quinn

Actor Jeremy Kemp’s screen career was dominated by roles in uniform, most indelibly including his television breakthrough as PC Bob Steele in

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Obituary: Joe Longthorne – ‘one of the biggest light-entertainment stars of his generation’ by Michael Quinn

Joe Longthorne, who has died at the age of 64, was one of the biggest light-entertainment stars of his generation, admired within

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Obituary: Hal Prince – 21-time Tony-winning director and producer who bestrode Broadway in the 20th century by Michael Quinn

Hal Prince, who has died suddenly at the age of 91, bestrode Broadway in the 20th century, stamping his authoritative signature on

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Obituary: Glyn Houston – ‘award-winning supporting actor with natural authority’ by Michael Quinn

When Glyn Houston’s ambition to become a comedian failed to materialise, his elder brother Donald, then a rising film star, helped secure

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Obituary: Ivor Benjamin – ‘A determined advocate for directors’ rights’ by Michael Quinn

Few figures in contemporary British theatre played such as crucial role in promoting the profile and welfare of directors as Ivor Benjamin,

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Obituary: Dominic May – ‘angel who invested more than £550,000 in new productions’ by Michael Quinn

After taking early retirement from an accountancy career that included extended periods with various iterations of London Transport and petroleum giant BP,

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Obituary: Bryan Marshall – ‘Permanent presence on British TV screens for more than 40 years’ by Michael Quinn

Bryan Marshall seemed to be a permanent presence on British television screens for more than 40 years, remembered still as the steely

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Obituary: Freddie Jones – ‘splendid actor and natural stage animal’ by Michael Quinn

Despite coming to acting late in life, making his professional debut at the age of 31, Freddie Jones sustained a rich and

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Obituary: William Simons – In-demand child actor who became an admired and reliable character actor by Michael Quinn

William Simons was already a familiar face on television when he became a household name as PC Alf Ventress in ITV’s hit

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Obituary: Douglas Fielding – LAMDA-trained star of stage and screen by Michael Quinn

As a recent graduate of LAMDA, Douglas Fielding expected to play fresh-faced young bobby on the beat PC Quilley for just three

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Obituary: Alan Drury – ‘Playwright and BBC Radio Drama literary manager’ by Michael Quinn

A playwright with more than 60 scripts to his name, Alan Drury was also the first literary manager to be appointed by

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