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Friday, February 17, 2017

Obituary: Alec McCowen by Michael Quinn

Few actors were as consistently intelligent and engagingly relaxed on stage and screen as Alec McCowen. They were qualities that shone through

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Irish theatres get £8 million cash injection by Michael Quinn

Ireland’s regional theatres and arts centres are to benefit from new capital funding of €9 million (£7.6 million) in what was described

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Obituary: John Hurt by Michael Quinn

Craggy-faced and with a distinctive, cracked voice, John Hurt was an actor of immense resources and a deep emotional wellspring that forged

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Remastered: the legendary Argo Shakespeare recordings by Michael Quinn

Of all the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death last year, for many of a certain age none will have

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Obituary: Gorden Kaye by Michael Quinn

Despite its setting in Nazi-occupied France and gleeful revelling in wartime irreverence, double entendres, homophobia and racial caricatures, David Croft and Jeremy

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Obituary: Michel Julian by Michael Quinn

A self-styled ‘creative animateur’, Michel Julian spent his life committed to advocating, enthusing and enabling involvement in theatre. Born in Bedford in

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Rosemary Jenkinson named Belfast Lyric’s artist-in-residence by Michael Quinn

Playwright Rosemary Jenkinson has been appointed artist-in-residence at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The writer, who was born in Belfast, succeeds composer

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Monday, January 23, 2017

‘Allo ‘Allo! star Gorden Kaye dies aged 75 by Michael Quinn

Actor Gorden Kaye, best known as hapless cafe owner Rene in ’Allo ’Allo!, has died aged 75. Although he found fame on

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Obituary: Calvin Rand by Michael Quinn

Born into a wealthy banking family, well connected in business and a practising professor of philosophy, Calvin Rand was also one of

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Obituary: Bernard Fox by Michael Quinn

Born into a performing family – his parents were both actors and his uncle was Wilfrid Lawson – Bernard Fox made his

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What’s ahead for Hull in its year as City of Culture? by Michael Quinn

The extra second added to clocks as 2016 turned into 2017 served only to heighten expectations in Hull of what the new

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obituary: Deddie Davies by Michael Quinn

For a generation of filmgoers, Deddie Davies will be forever remembered as Mrs Perks, wife of Bernard Cribbins’ station porter, in the

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Obituary: Liz Smith by Michael Quinn

Liz Smith’s rise to stardom was all the more remarkable for it coming so late – she was nearly 50 when Mike

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Anne Devlin and Oona Doherty among winners of Arts Council NI awards by Michael Quinn

Playwright Anne Devlin and dancer Oona Doherty have been announced as recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s highest accolade, worth

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Obituary: Peter Vaughan by Michael Quinn

Although he appeared in only three episodes of the long-running prison television sitcom Porridge, it was as the menacing convict Harry Grout

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Obituary: Bernard Gallagher by Michael Quinn

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, and during which he seldom seemed to be out of work, Bernard Gallagher was a

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Obituary: Jackie Skarvellis by Michael Quinn

Born in Cardiff and a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Jackie Skarvellis was a committed champion, as

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Obituary: Andrew Sachs by Michael Quinn

Paying tribute to Andrew Sachs, his Fawlty Towers co-star John Cleese described him as “a truly great farceur”. As the hapless Spanish

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Obituary: Michael Abbensetts by Michael Quinn

Reviewing a revival of his play Alterations at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1986, the then editor of The Stage Peter Hepple

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Walter Sutcliffe appointed artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera by Michael Quinn

Theatre and opera director Walter Sutcliffe has been announced as the new artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera. Sutcliffe, a former staff

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Actor Peter Vaughan dies aged 93 by Michael Quinn

Actor Peter Vaughan, who found fame as menacing convict Harry Grout in Porridge, has died at the age of 93. His death

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Actor Andrew Sachs dies aged 86 by Michael Quinn

Andrew Sachs, best known for his role as the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel in television’s Fawlty Towers, has died at the age

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Obituary: Bill Hetterley by Michael Quinn

As stage manager for leading venues in the regions and London, Bill Hetterley was well placed to see a succession of variety

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Obituary: William Trevor by Michael Quinn

Often described as Ireland’s Chekhov, William Trevor’s reputation far exceeded his own modest description of himself as a “short-story writer who likes

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Obituary: Pierre Picton by Michael Quinn

For more than 40 years, Pierre Picton was one of the most popular circus performers in Britain. As Pierre the Clown, he

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Obituary: Margaret Ashcroft by Michael Quinn

In the 1970s, Margaret Ashcroft secured her place in television history by becoming the first female actor to simultaneously have leading roles

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Obituary: Richard Anthony Baker by Michael Quinn

For 20 years until his retirement earlier this year, Richard Anthony Baker brought a wealth of experience, unmatched authority and boundless passion

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Obituary: John Carson by Michael Quinn

Seldom, it seemed, out of work, John Carson was long one of the most familiar faces and voices on British television and

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Obituary: Jimmy Perry by Michael Quinn

Together with David Croft, Jimmy Perry helped define British television comedy for a quarter of a century. The pair’s first hit, Dad’s

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Obituary: Colin George by Michael Quinn

Colin George’s decision to champion a thrust stage in Sheffield’s new Crucible Theatre in 1971 was one of the most controversial theatre

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Obituary: Jean Alexander by Michael Quinn

Over the course of 23 years on the cobbled stones of Coronation Street, Jean Alexander transformed Hilda Ogden, the skivvy with a

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