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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Obituary: Peter Hughes – familiar face on stage and screen by Michael Quinn

A familiar face on British television in a screen career spanning more than six decades, Peter Hughes also enjoyed a substantial stage

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Obituary: Robert Thomas – ‘One of the most respected theatre accountants of his generation’ by Michael Quinn

One of the most respected theatre accountants of his generation, Robert Thomas received an Olivier award shortly before his death at the

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Obituary: André Previn – ‘Oscar-winning composer who was a familiar presence on British TV’ by Michael Quinn

For British audiences of a certain age, André Previn will be remembered as “Mr Preview”, the hapless conductor who tried, and failed,

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Obituary: Sam McCready – ‘renaissance man of the theatre’ by Michael Quinn

A founder member of Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, Sam McCready was the invigorating renaissance man of Northern Ireland’s theatre scene as it battled

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Obituary: Sylvia Kay – Popular sitcom actor who showed early promise on stage by Michael Quinn

Sylvia Kay was a familiar television face during the heyday of studio-based television drama in the 1960s and 1970s and went on

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Obituary: Sidonie Darrell – ‘Dancer who accompanied the leading stars of the day’ by Michael Quinn

Sidonie Darrell – known as Sidi – made her stage debut at the age of three and went on to become a

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Obituary: David Ponting – actor, writer and teacher who portrayed Dylan Thomas more than 700 times by Michael Quinn

David Ponting presented his one-man show Dylan Thomas, the Man and the Myth, more than 700 times on both sides of the

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Obituary: Albert Finney – scintillating stage actor who went on to enjoy a varied screen career by Michael Quinn

Time and talent thrust Albert Finney into the vanguard of a new generation of British actors on stage and screen. Drawn from

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Obituary: Clive Swift – committed stage and screen actor and co-founder of the Actors Centre by Michael Quinn

Clive Swift will be best remembered as the henpecked husband to Patricia Routledge’s painfully snobbish wife Hyacinth Bucket (“pronounced Bouquet!”) in Roy

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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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