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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Obituary: playwright Peter Nichols – ‘Never afraid of tackling the thorniest of issues head-on’ by Michael Quinn

Few writers mined their own biography with such caustic flamboyance and mordantly gleeful disregard for opinion as Peter Nichols, who has died

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Obituary: Gillian Hanna – Founding member of Monstrous Regiment and alternative theatre pioneer by Michael Quinn

Gillian Hanna, who has died at the age of 75 after a long illness, was a protean figure in the alternative theatre

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Former Belfast Grand Opera sales manager spared jail after admitting £20k fraud by Michael Quinn

A former ticket sales manager with Belfast’s Grand Opera House has avoided jail after pleading guilty to stealing more than £20,000 from

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Obituary: Sheila Steafel – ‘versatile actor who excelled in comedic roles’ by Michael Quinn

Speaking to The Stage in 1979, Sheila Steafel described herself as “a straight character comedy actress who always wanted to be a

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Obituary: Freda Dowie – actor who portrayed the long-suffering mother in Distant Voices, Still Lives by Michael Quinn

Freda Dowie will be best remembered as the abused, long-suffering mother in Terence Davies’ autobiographical film Distant Voices, Still Lives, a role

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Obituary: Julia Farron – ‘ballet dancer and teacher with an impeccable sense of style’ by Michael Quinn

Dancer Julia Farron, who has died at the age of 96, may not have achieved the celebrity status of her peers Margot

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Obituary: Karl Shiels – ‘a master of site-specific theatre and a dynamic champion of new writing’ by Michael Quinn

Few figures made so charismatic or immediate an impact on recent Irish theatre as the actor and director Karl Shiels, who has

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Obituary: Jeremy Kemp – stage and screen actor who excelled at playing authority figures by Michael Quinn

Actor Jeremy Kemp’s screen career was dominated by roles in uniform, most indelibly including his television breakthrough as PC Bob Steele in

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Obituary: Joe Longthorne – ‘one of the biggest light-entertainment stars of his generation’ by Michael Quinn

Joe Longthorne, who has died at the age of 64, was one of the biggest light-entertainment stars of his generation, admired within

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Obituary: Hal Prince – 21-time Tony-winning director and producer who bestrode Broadway in the 20th century by Michael Quinn

Hal Prince, who has died suddenly at the age of 91, bestrode Broadway in the 20th century, stamping his authoritative signature on

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Obituary: Glyn Houston – ‘award-winning supporting actor with natural authority’ by Michael Quinn

When Glyn Houston’s ambition to become a comedian failed to materialise, his elder brother Donald, then a rising film star, helped secure

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Obituary: Ivor Benjamin – ‘A determined advocate for directors’ rights’ by Michael Quinn

Few figures in contemporary British theatre played such as crucial role in promoting the profile and welfare of directors as Ivor Benjamin,

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Obituary: Dominic May – ‘angel who invested more than £550,000 in new productions’ by Michael Quinn

After taking early retirement from an accountancy career that included extended periods with various iterations of London Transport and petroleum giant BP,

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Obituary: Bryan Marshall – ‘Permanent presence on British TV screens for more than 40 years’ by Michael Quinn

Bryan Marshall seemed to be a permanent presence on British television screens for more than 40 years, remembered still as the steely

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Obituary: Freddie Jones – ‘splendid actor and natural stage animal’ by Michael Quinn

Despite coming to acting late in life, making his professional debut at the age of 31, Freddie Jones sustained a rich and

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Obituary: William Simons – In-demand child actor who became an admired and reliable character actor by Michael Quinn

William Simons was already a familiar face on television when he became a household name as PC Alf Ventress in ITV’s hit

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Obituary: Douglas Fielding – LAMDA-trained star of stage and screen by Michael Quinn

As a recent graduate of LAMDA, Douglas Fielding expected to play fresh-faced young bobby on the beat PC Quilley for just three

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Obituary: Alan Drury – ‘Playwright and BBC Radio Drama literary manager’ by Michael Quinn

A playwright with more than 60 scripts to his name, Alan Drury was also the first literary manager to be appointed by

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Obituary: James Supervia – ‘charismatic dancer, choreographer and actor’ by Michael Quinn

In a diverse career, the charismatic dancer, choreographer and actor James Supervia danced for Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev, appeared in pantomime,

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Obituary: Adrian Brown – ‘BAFTA-nominated, Emmy award-winning TV and theatre director’ by Michael Quinn

Although Adrian Brown was a BAFTA-nominated, Emmy award-winning television and theatre director, the notoriety that surrounded his relationship with Terence Rattigan during

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Obituary: Franco Zeffirelli – ‘one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed directors’ by Michael Quinn

The designer and director Franco Zeffirelli, who has died at the age of 96, roamed freely across theatre, opera, television and film

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Obituary: Stephen Thorne – actor with a prolific radio career whose ‘lithe voice commanded the ear’ by Michael Quinn

A consummate radio actor with a lithe and cultured voice that commanded the ear, Stephen Thorne was a prolific contributor to the

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Obituary: Philip Osment – ‘Actor, director and playwright who was a mainstay of Gay Sweatshop’ by Michael Quinn

As an actor, director and prolific playwright, Philip Osment, who has died at the age of 66, played a leading role in

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Obituary: Paul Darrow – Actor who played the ‘Machiavellian’ Avon in BBC TV’s Blake’s 7 by Michael Quinn

Paul Darrow will be best remembered as the dour, dangerous, increasingly unhinged Avon, a glowering Machiavellian presence in Terry Nation’s critically panned

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Obituary: Andrew Hall – Butterflies actor who enjoyed an extensive stage career by Michael Quinn

Andrew Hall’s first job after graduating from LAMDA – as Russell, the son of Ria (Wendy Craig) and sibling of Adam (Nicholas

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Obituary: Royce Mills – ‘master farceur and much-admired pantomime dame’ by Michael Quinn

A master farceur and versatile, impeccable company member, Royce Mills was an early linchpin of the Theatre of Comedy, a West End

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Obituary: Clover Roope – ballet and contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher by Michael Quinn

Clover Roope’s conversion from classical ballet to contemporary dance mirrored the broadening of British dance vocabulary in the 1960s and beyond as

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Gracie Fields: The extraordinarily ordinary box-office smash by Michael Quinn

One of Britain’s biggest stars of the 20th century, Gracie Fields typified the talent and graft required to sustain success through changing

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Obituary: Nigel Seale – former managing director of casting directory Spotlight by Michael Quinn

Nigel Seale may not have been a name that many in the industry would instantly recognise, but as the managing director of

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Obituary: John Bowen – ‘prolifically talented writer who deftly married the political and the popular’ by Michael Quinn

A writer whose work encompassed novels, theatre and television, John Bowen was a prolific talent who married the political and the popular

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Obituary: Freddie Starr – ‘unpredictable comedian with an anarchic and dangerous onstage persona’ by Michael Quinn

For a time Freddie Starr, who has died suddenly at the age of 76, was the most popular comedian of his day.

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