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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Obituary: Teddy Johnson – ‘summer season favourite’ by Michael Quinn

Together with his wife Pearl Carr, Teddy Johnson formed one of the longest and most successful partnerships in British post-war light entertainment.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Obituary: Gordon Bishop –‘lived a double life as a bank clerk and a performer for half a century’ by Michael Quinn

When Gordon Bishop was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, he hoped to perform the Max Miller tribute that had

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Obituary: Glynn Edwards – ‘familiar TV face for three decades’ by Michael Quinn

Reviewing George Bernard Shaw’s Captain Brassbound’s Conversion at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1956, The Stage noted that Glynn Edwards performance

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Kenneth Williams: Revisiting the life and times of a comedy great by Michael Quinn

The Carry On star died 30 years ago, but remains one of the UK’s best-loved comic performers. As a new book explores

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Belfast City Council backs campaign for increased arts funding in Northern Ireland by Michael Quinn

Belfast City Council has thrown its weight between a campaign calling for increased arts funding in Northern Ireland. A motion tabled by

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Obituary: Johnny Lamonte – ‘one of the most popular speciality acts on the post-war variety circuit’ by Michael Quinn

Together with his sister, Suma, Johnny Lamonte became one of the most popular speciality acts on the post-war variety circuit, a master

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Obituary: Stephen Doncaster – ‘influential and inspiring theatre designer’ by Michael Quinn

Stephen Doncaster’s influence on British theatre design extended beyond his admired tenures in Pitlochry and Nottingham, and at the Royal Court in

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Belfast Lyric grows new-writing programme for second year by Michael Quinn

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre has expanded its new playwrights programme to include six writers in the scheme’s second year. Launched in 2017 with

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Obituary: William Perrie – ‘Royal Ballet soloist who shared a stage with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn’ by Michael Quinn

William ‘Bill’ Perrie came late and by accident to theatre and dance, but he went on to become a soloist with the

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Obituary: Peter Byrne – ‘his underplayed, naturally accented style served him well in light comedy’ by Michael Quinn

Peter Byrne’s early ambition was to be a heavyweight tragic actor but, as he told The Stage: “I realised I was too

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Obituary: Tom Murphy – ‘Irish playwright who captured the transience of the emigrant experience’ by Michael Quinn

In a generation of Irish playwrights who achieved international recognition by chronicling a country in rapid, often convulsive, transition from centuries-old entrenchment

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Obituary: Reg Gadney – ‘natural and adaptable screenwriter’ who won a BAFTA for TV series Kennedy by Michael Quinn

With a career in the military, the diplomatic service, as deputy controller of the National Film Theatre and as a novelist behind

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Obituary: Edith MacArthur – ‘the grande dame of Scottish theatre’ by Michael Quinn

In later years, Edith MacArthur was regarded as the grande dame of Scottish theatre. It was a position she also enjoyed with

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Obituary: Pamela Sholto – ‘studied ballet with the Russian prima ballerina Lydia Lopokova’ by Michael Quinn

Born in Edmonton, Middlesex, Pamela Sholto demonstrated an early ability in dance. She studied ballet with the Russian prima ballerina Lydia Lopokova

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Obituary: John Stride – ‘a founding member of the National Theatre’ by Michael Quinn

By the time he had left school, John Stride had already played Macbeth, Antony and Hamlet. His early promise – spotted at

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Obituary: Kevin Colson – ‘Tony award-nominated for Aspects of Love’ by Michael Quinn

Kevin Colson was a star in his native Australia before he came to London in the mid-1960s. He left behind a burgeoning

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Obituary: Alex Beckett – ‘stage and TV actor especially skilled in comedy’ by Michael Quinn

Alex Beckett will be best remembered as the inept PR executive Barney in two biting BBC satires on institutional incompetence, Twenty Twelve,

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Obituary: Neil Shand – ‘one of the most successful comedy writers of the past half-century’ by Michael Quinn

Neil Shand was one of the most successful comedy writers of the past half-century, the joker of choice for successive generations of

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Obituary: Shirley Barrie – ‘co-founder of the Tricycle Theatre’ by Michael Quinn

As one of the co-founders of the Wakefield Tricycle Company and its subsequent incarnation as the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, north London,

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Obituary: Dennis Ramsden – ‘a leading farceur and director’ by Michael Quinn

When Dennis ‘Slim’ Ramsden announced his retirement (prematurely, as it proved) in 2001, The Stage hailed him as “one of the West

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Northern Irish arts hit with “terrifying” funding cuts by Michael Quinn

Arts organisations in Northern Ireland have been left reeling by new funding cuts that will see almost half of the province’s regularly-funded

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Obituary: Bill Maynard – star of stage and screen and ‘Heartbeat’s roguish comic relief’ by Michael Quinn

By the age of nine, Bill Maynard was earning more than his father performing in clubs and on the variety circuit. Before

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Obituary: Stephanie Arditti – ‘tireless and meticulous costume supervisor’ by Michael Quinn

In the largely unsung role of costume supervisor, Stephanie Arditti – who described her job as “getting the designs off the paper,

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Obituary: Sonia Graham – ‘dancer who became a stage and TV actor’ by Michael Quinn

Originally trained as a dancer, winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance aged nine and making her professional debut at

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Obituary: John Hart Dyke – ‘busy actor in regional theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Regarding himself as a “jobbing actor”, John Hart Dyke was seldom out of work in a long career in which he forged

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Obituary: Scott Ambler – ‘lithe and lyrical dancer and choreographer’ by Michael Quinn

A prank birthday present of ballet lessons led Scott Ambler into a career in which he forged a memorable partnership with choreographer

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Obituary: Carmel McSharry – ‘an actor of considerable charm and capability’ by Michael Quinn

A familiar face on television for more than three decades, Carmel McSharry was an actor of considerable charm and capability with a

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Obituary: Michael Green – ‘one of the great English humorists’ by Michael Quinn

Michael Green was one of the great, if now largely overlooked, English humorists whose The Art of Coarse Acting proved a wickedly

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Obituary: Jo Beddoe – ‘unsung champion of regional theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Jo Beddoe was an unsung champion of regional theatre who steered Scotland’s 7:84, Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse theatres and London’s Battersea Arts

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Obituary: Ken Dodd – ‘a national treasure and one of the most admired entertainers of his generation’ by Michael Quinn

Ken Dodd became notorious for allowing his one-man shows to regularly spill over into the early hours of the morning. Audiences –

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Ken Dodd dies aged 90 by Michael Quinn

Comedian and entertainer Ken Dodd has died at the age of 90. His death on March 11 was confirmed by his publicist,

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