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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus-related complications by Michael Quinn

Five-time Tony award-winner Terrence McNally has died from coronavirus-related complications at the age of 81. The playwright’s death, on March 24, was

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Obituary: Monica Frawley – leading Irish theatre designer by Michael Quinn

The leading Irish theatre designer of her generation, Monica Frawley’s sets often seemed infused with an elemental quality that imbued the poetic,

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Obituary: Frances Cuka – stage and TV actor best known for Friday Night Dinner by Michael Quinn

Frances Cuka came to early and sensational attention as Jo, the errant schoolgirl caught on the cusp of adulthood, in Shelagh Delaney’s

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Obituary: Zoe Caldwell – Tony award-winning actor and director by Michael Quinn

Zoe Caldwell was already a star in her native Australia when she arrived in Britain in 1958 to join the Shakespeare Memorial

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Obituary: John Travis – former BBO chief executive and Royal Ballet dancer by Michael Quinn

John Travis occupied many roles in a long and distinguished career, but it was his pioneering work as an archivist with London

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Obituary: Julia Breck – TV and stage comedy actor who was a favourite of Spike Milligan by Michael Quinn

In the 1970s, Julia Breck regularly found herself as a glamorous, often scantily clad, participant in television comedies that revelled in near-the-knuckle

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Obituary: Buddy Dalton – ‘leading figure in London’s fringe theatre’ by Michael Quinn

As the founder of the New End Theatre in Hampstead and Camden’s Offstage Downstairs, Buddy Dalton was a leading figure in London’s

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Obituary: Tom Erhardt – ‘perhaps the most knowledgeable theatre agent in the world’ by Michael Quinn

Paying tribute in the Guardian, the playwright Christopher Hampton described Tom Erhardt as being “in his heyday perhaps the most knowledgeable theatre

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Obituary: Elizabeth Sellars – West End leading lady and Hollywood star by Michael Quinn

After training at RADA and making her stage debut in 1940 in her native Glasgow’s Alhambra Theatre, later becoming a member of

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Obituary: Jocelyn Bell – pioneering voice teacher by Michael Quinn

A pioneering figure who transformed the teaching of spoken English, Jocelyn Bell paved the way for a less mannered, more colloquial approach

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Obituary: Marjorie Bates Murphy – The Stage’s North West correspondent for 25 years by Michael Quinn

For more than 25 years, Marjorie Bates Murphy served as The Stage’s North West correspondent, contributing always insightful reviews from her first

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Obituary: Terry Hands – ‘one of the finest Shakespeare directors of the last 50 years’ by Michael Quinn

One of the finest and most admired Shakespeare directors of the last half-century, Terry Hands co-founded the Liverpool Everyman, led the Royal

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Obituary: Terry Jones – Writer, director and actor who with Monty Python reshaped the course of British comedy by Michael Quinn

Terry Jones was first among equals in the era-defining ensemble that launched Monty Python’s Flying Circus on unsuspecting television viewers used to

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Christopher Beeny – Upstairs Downstairs actor with prolific stage career by Michael Quinn

By the time he shot to fame as the footman Edward in Upstairs Downstairs in 1971, Christopher Beeny had been performing for

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Reg Stewart – ‘guaranteed to give a well-turned performance’ by Michael Quinn

East 15 graduate Reg Stewart was a jobbing actor who lent reliability and a guarantee of a well-turned performance to a career

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Malcolm Farquhar – ‘transformed the fortunes of the Everyman Cheltenham in the 1970s’ by Michael Quinn

As artistic director of the Everyman Cheltenham for 12 years from 1971, Malcolm Farquhar transformed the fortunes of the Frank Matcham-designed venue.

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Derek Fowlds – TV and stage actor best known for Yes Minister and Basil Brush by Michael Quinn

For the generation who grew up watching television in the early 1970s, Derek Fowlds will be best remembered as Basil Brush’s long-suffering

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Obituary: Ciaran McIntyre – consummate ensemble player in theatres across the UK and Ireland by Michael Quinn

Ciaran McIntyre was a consummate ensemble player who worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End and in regional theatres

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Obituary: Mike Barnett – engineer who created some of the West End’s most spectacular effects by Michael Quinn

When The Stage noted in 1986 that “at the moment the West End owes more to the engineering skills of Mike Barnett

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Obituary: Sheila Mercier – stage and screen actor who played Annie Sugden in Emmerdale for 22 years by Michael Quinn

Sheila Mercier will be best remembered as the stern matriarch Annie Sugden in ITV’s Emmerdale Farm (latterly, Emmerdale) for 22 years from

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Obituary: Ian Smith – founder of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival by Michael Quinn

More than anyone in recent times, Ian Smith championed the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan that had once dazzled and defined

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Obituary: Jerry Herman – Broadway composer and lyricist whose mega-hits included Hello, Dolly! by Michael Quinn

Hailed by The Stage’s former editor Peter Hepple as “the master melodist of our time”, Jerry Herman was arguably the last of

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Obituary: Jean Fergusson – stage and screen actor famed for her role as femme fatale Marina in Last of the Summer Wine by Michael Quinn

Jean Fergusson spent nearly half of her career as the femme fatale Marina in Roy Clarke’s Last of the Summer Wine. She

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Obituary: Tony Britton – stage and screen actor who became a familiar face in TV sitcoms by Michael Quinn

When Tony Britton, who has died aged 95, was seen as Gloucester alongside Joss Ackland’s King Lear in rehearsed readings directed by

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Obituary: Nicky Henson – ‘versatile stage and screen actor of considerable resources’ by Michael Quinn

Nicky Henson was an actor of considerable, if lightly worn, resources blessed with leading man looks. Both qualities served him well in

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Obituary: Barrie Keeffe – Prolific stage and screen writer by Michael Quinn

Barrie Keeffe was a prolific stage and screen writer throughout the turbulent 1970s and Thatcherite 1980s whose work cast a caustic eye

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Obituary: Nell Gifford – ‘co-founder of Giffords Circus’ by Michael Quinn

As a child, Nell Gifford dreamed of running away to join a circus. She went one better than that, co-founding her own

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Obituary: Niall Tóibín – a leading figure in Irish theatre by Michael Quinn

A leading figure in Irish theatre, Niall Tóibín was familiar to British audiences for spells with the National Theatre and television appearances

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Obituary: Tom Hodgkins – actor who established a long relationship with Manchester’s Royal Exchange by Michael Quinn

Born in Australia and raised in America, Tom Hodgkins came to the UK in his late teens and took a master’s in

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Obituary: Ian Cullen – dashing actor who found fame on stage and screen by Michael Quinn

Stage-struck from his debut in pantomime at the age of four, Ian Cullen found early tele­vision fame as a dashing David Balfour

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Obituary: Tom MacIntyre – playwright, poet and novelist who was a provocative figure in Irish theatre by Michael Quinn

Playwright, poet and novelist Tom MacIntyre was one of the most provocative figures in recent Irish theatre, his avantgarde-accented work challenging theatremakers

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