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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Obituary: Peter Whalley by Michael Quinn

Peter Whalley earned a place in television lore as the most prolific writer for ITV’s long-running soap opera Coronation Street, contributing 600

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Obituary: Thomas Meehan by Michael Quinn

Thomas Meehan was a master flatterer who carved a successful and lucrative career by translating the work of others into a raft

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Obituary: Ann Jellicoe by Michael Quinn

Although her contemporaries regarded her as a social realist, Ann Jellicoe was always quick to refuse that description of plays that dealt

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Obituary: Lee Blakeley by Michael Quinn

Best known in the UK as an opera director of imagination and visual flair, Lee Blakeley was a rising star of musical

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Obituary: Bernard Pomerance by Michael Quinn

As co-founder of the Foco Novo theatre company, Bernard Pomerance helped shape Britain’s alternative theatre movement in the early 1970s, but he

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Actor Larrington Walker dies aged 70 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the actor Larrington Walker, who has died aged 70. Lenny Henry, who co-starred with the Jamaican-born Walker

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Playwright Ann Jellicoe dies aged 90 by Michael Quinn

Playwright Ann Jellicoe, a prominent female voice in the generation dominated by “angry young men” who transformed British theatre in the late

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The Elephant Man playwright dies aged 76 by Michael Quinn

Playwright Bernard Pomerance, author of the Tony award-winning The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 76. His death on August

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Obituary: Hywel Bennett by Michael Quinn

Hailed by the News of the World as “the face of 1967” and favourably likened to his compatriot Richard Burton, Hywel Bennett

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Annie writer Thomas Meehan dies aged 88 by Michael Quinn

Thomas Meehan, winner of three Tony awards for the books to Annie, The Producers and Hairspray, has died at the age of

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Obituary: Bruce Forsyth by Michael Quinn

No entertainer stamped his personality on prime-time television with such authoritative energy and charismatic zeal as Bruce Forsyth. In every decade from

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HomePlace: how a cultural hotspot revived Seamus Heaney’s ‘Eden’ by Michael Quinn

HomePlace in Bellaghy, where the lauded poet is buried, is about to celebrate its first birthday. Michael Quinn reveals how the former fortified

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Obituary: Deborah Watling by Michael Quinn

Born into a theatrical family – her father was the actor Jack Watling, her mother Patricia Hicks – Deborah Watling will be

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Broadway legend Barbara Cook dies aged 89 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the Tony award-winning performer Barbara Cook, who has died at the age of 89. A regular on

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Opera director Lee Blakeley dies of heart attack aged 45 by Michael Quinn

The theatre and opera director Lee Blakeley has died at the age of 45. His death on August 5 of a heart

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Obituary: Robert Hardy by Michael Quinn

Robert Hardy’s success on film and television overshadowed a theatrical career that never quite realised the potential his early stage appearances had

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91 by Michael Quinn

Robert Hardy, best known for television’s All Creatures Great and Small and his portrayals of Winston Churchill, has died at the age

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Northern Irish Arts Council faces closure threat by Michael Quinn

The future of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland could be under threat if a review of arm’s-length bodies by the region’s

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Obituary: Sam Shepard by Michael Quinn

A prolific playwright who inherited Arthur Miller’s mantle as the leading American playwright of his generation, Sam Shepard drilled into the dark

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Playwright Sam Shepard dies aged 73 by Michael Quinn

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright and a major figure in contemporary American theatre, has died at the age of 73. His

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dublin Theatre Festival announces 2017 programme by Michael Quinn

New plays by Stacey Gregg, Sebastian Barry and Belinda McKeon are to feature in the 60th Dublin Theatre Festival alongside playwright Enda

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Obituary: Richard Findlay by Michael Quinn

There weren’t many areas of the arts and broadcasting in Scotland that Richard Findlay wasn’t involved with or that didn’t benefit from

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Belfast International Arts Festival unveils 2017 programme by Michael Quinn

Four major UK and Irish theatre premieres have been announced as headline events in this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival. The festival’s

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Talent agent Mark Butler banned after investigation into ‘inappropriate conduct’ by Michael Quinn

An agent operating in Northern Ireland has been banned from the business for 10 years, following investigations into complaints from a number

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Obituary: Peter Austin by Michael Quinn

Peter Austin was one of theatre’s unsung backroom stars as manager of West End venue the Prince Edward Theatre and administrator of Littlestar,

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Obituary: David Dean by Michael Quinn

David Dean created costume designs for some of the greatest choreographers and directors of the last half-century, held important positions with the

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Obituary: Carol Lee Scott by Michael Quinn

At just 5ft 2in tall and weighing 20 stone, for a time in the 1970s Carol Lee Scott advertised herself in The

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Obituary: Norman Ayrton by Michael Quinn

In leading teaching posts with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School

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Obituary: Brian Cant by Michael Quinn

For adults of a certain age, Brian Cant was the personification of children’s television in an era long before the thin gruel

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Theater Der Welt: How Germany’s biggest festival is breaking borders beyond Europe by Michael Quinn

Migration, trade and climate change all featured on the agenda of this year’s Theater Der Welt. Michael Quinn finds out how it

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Irish Arts Council announces funding shake-up by Michael Quinn

Funding of the arts in Ireland is to be revamped by new guidelines that promise to broaden access and provide greater stability

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