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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Obituary: John Goodwin – ‘skilled editor and writer who transformed the theatre programme’ by Michael Quinn

John Goodwin’s leadership of the publicity departments of the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre in their often controversial early years provided

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Obituary: Barry Chuckle – ‘one of the titans of children’s television’ by Michael Quinn

Despite his diminutive size, Barry Chuckle was one of the titans of children’s television over the last three decades. As one half

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Obituary: Bernard Hepton – ‘character actor of versatility and distinction’ by Michael Quinn

Appropriately enough for a character actor of versatility and distinction, Bernard Hepton filled many roles in a six-decade-long career that included memorable

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Obituary: Peter Clayton – ‘endlessly resourceful in connecting the right people to make things happen’ by Michael Quinn

Peter Clayton’s name was not one most theatregoers would have recognised, even though he was featured in GQ magazine’s list of the

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Obituary: Derrick O’Connor – ‘helped transform fringe theatre in the 1970s’ by Michael Quinn

Dublin-born and raised in London, Derrick O’Connor was part of the generation of actors who helped transform fringe theatre in the 1970s.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Obituary: Lorelei Lynn – ‘a flexible style that deftly integrated dance into theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Although Lorelei Lynn never achieved the celebrity of some of her choreographer peers, her long and varied career was notable for a

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Obituary: Hugh Clifford Stuckey – ‘Australia’s first TV comedy writer’ by Michael Quinn

A popular comedian turned writer and producer, Hugh Clifford Stuckey made history as the first comedy writer hired by Australian television, for

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Obituary: Geoffrey Brawn – ‘Champion of music hall and stalwart of the Players’ Theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Launched by Peter Ridgeway and Leonard Sachs, the Players’ Theatre unabashedly championed music hall and live variety performances at its Villiers Street

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Obituary: Gordon Irving – ‘Highly regarded chronicler of stage and screen in Scotland’ by Michael Quinn

A longstanding contributor to The Stage of news and comment from Scotland’s theatre, light entertainment and television scene for more than 50

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Obituary: Gillian Lynne – ‘Cats and Phantom choreographer who staked a claim for the British musical on the world stage’ by Michael Quinn

In a long and varied career as one of the leading choreographer-directors of her generation, Gillian Lynne, who has died at the

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Obituary: Frank Vickery – ‘the Ayckbourn of the Valleys’ by Michael Quinn

In more than 30 plays for stage and television, Frank Vickery, who has died after a sudden illness at the age of

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Obituary: Leslie Grantham – ‘EastEnders star whose private life was as dramatic as Dirty Den’s’ by Michael Quinn

Leslie Grantham’s private life proved every bit as dramatic and incident-filled as that of pub landlord ‘Dirty’ Den Watts, the role that

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Obituary: Joyce Blackham – ‘star British mezzo-soprano’ by Michael Quinn

Joyce Blackham was a star British mezzo-soprano famed for her sensual and seductive appearances as Bizet’s Carmen with Sadler’s Wells Opera and

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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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