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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Obituary: Bill Mitchell by Michael Quinn

As artistic director of Kneehigh in the decade to 2005 and founder in the same year of the Redruth, Cornwall-based WildWorks, Bill

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Northern Ireland’s only dance degree course closes by Michael Quinn

Northern Ireland’s only dance degree course has closed as part of a wider reorganisation of Ulster University. The move follows an internal

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Obituary: Michael Wearing by Michael Quinn

As a script editor, producer and head of the BBC’s series and serials department, Michael Wearing was responsible for such era-defining programmes

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Obituary: Geoffrey Bayldon by Michael Quinn

Geoffrey Bayldon might well have found fame earlier than he did. In 1963 he was offered the role of the first Doctor

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Catweazle actor Geoffrey Bayldon dies aged 93 by Michael Quinn

Geoffrey Bayldon, best known as television’s Catweazle and the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge, has died aged 93. His death on May 10

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Belfast Lyric announces first participants in playwriting development scheme by Michael Quinn

  Belfast’s Lyric Theatre has announced the first four writers to participate in its inaugural New Playwrights Programme. Seamus Collins, Erica Murray, Vittoria

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

RTE head calls for €15 million investment in TV drama by Michael Quinn

The director general of Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE has called for the creation of a €15 million (£12.6 million) development fund for

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Obituary: ‏Moray Watson by Michael Quinn

‏Rarely out of work in a career that spanned seven decades, Moray Watson found his way into the West End soon after

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‏Obituary: Ann Beach by Michael Quinn

‏A familiar face on television for more than 50 years, the actor Ann Beach, whose career included time at Theatre Royal Stratford

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Obituary: Sean Scanlan by Michael Quinn

A stalwart of Scottish theatre, Sean Scanlan found fame on television as Shug, the affected Anglocentric uncle to Gregor Fisher’s Glaswegian grotesque

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Obituary: Christopher Morahan by Michael Quinn

Moving effortlessly between stage and screen, Christopher Morahan’s 60-year career earned him a reputation as a writer’s director. An often fierce figure

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Actor and disability rights campaigner Donal Toolan dies aged 50 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the Irish actor and campaigner for disability rights Donal Toolan following his death at the age of

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Obituary: Parv Bancil by Michael Quinn

After his mother died when he was two, Parv Bancil moved from his native Tanzania to London with his father. The experience

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Obituary: Michael Bogdanov by Michael Quinn

Michael Bogdanov will be remembered as the director against whom the self-appointed morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse launched a venomous tirade in 1980

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Obituary: Tim Pigott-Smith by Michael Quinn

Tim Pigott-Smith’s sudden death at the age of 70 has robbed British theatre of one of its most intelligent and intuitive actors.

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Obituary: Duggie Chapman by Michael Quinn

When, at the height of his success in the 1970s, The Stage described Duggie Chapman as the “Delfont of the North”, it

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Obituary: Michael Tuchner by Michael Quinn

The son of German-Jewish parents who fled the Nazis to England at the outbreak of the Second World War, Michael Tuchner became

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Obituary: Jane Freeman by Michael Quinn

Although Jane Freeman will forever be associated with the redoubtable cafe owner Ivy in Roy Clarke’s long-running The Last of the Summer

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Obituary: Barry Martin by Michael Quinn

A fine singing voice and quick-witted stage presence honed by six shows per day at London’s legendary Windmill Theatre took Barry Martin

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Obituary: David Storey by Michael Quinn

A Yorkshire coal miner’s son, sometime professional rugby league player, student of the Slade School of Fine Art and teacher, David Storey

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Plans for new open-air theatre in Dublin revealed by Michael Quinn

Plans to create a “Greek style” open-air theatre in Dublin using stonework from the city’s original Abbey Theatre building have been announced.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Tributes paid to ‘showbiz legend’ variety promoter Duggie Chapman by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the child actor turned leading variety promoter and producer Duggie Chapman, who died on April 1, a

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Obituary: John Forgeham by Michael Quinn

John Forgeham carved something of a niche on television playing gruff, opinionated characters bolstered by machismo and exuding an alluring sense of

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Obituary: Ken Bennett-Hunter by Michael Quinn

Ken Bennett-Hunter was one of the most experienced and well-respected figures in British theatre over the last half-century. Had he been an

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Playwright David Storey dies aged 83 by Michael Quinn

The playwright and Booker prize-winning novelist David Storey has died aged 83. His death on March 27 was confirmed in a statement

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Obituary: Derek Walcott by Michael Quinn

Derek Walcott decided to become a poet at the age of eight and published his first poem at 14 – to find

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Obituary: Tony Haygarth by Michael Quinn

A seasoned performer on stage and screen, Tony Haygarth was a character actor of enormous resource and variety, whose lived-in face and

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Former TMA president Ken Bennett-Hunter dies aged 70 by Michael Quinn

Ken Bennett-Hunter, a former president of the Theatrical Management Association and long-time contributor to The Stage, has died at the age of

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott dies aged 87 by Michael Quinn

The Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright Derek Walcott has died at the age of 87. His death earlier today (March 17) at

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BBC iPlayer top 20 records ‘clean sweep’ for drama in February 2017 by Michael Quinn

Drama programmes dominated the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service in February 2017, taking a clean sweep of all top-20 places in the list

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Obituary: Peter Skellern by Michael Quinn

A singer-songwriter and pianist who eventually became a priest, Peter Skellern’s most famous song was the 1972 hit single You’re a Lady.

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