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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Sally Jacobs obituary by Michael Coveney

Brilliant stage designer hailed for her work with the RSC and the Royal Opera HouseIn a career ranging from Peter Brook’s greatest productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Marat/S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Brent Carver obituary by Michael Coveney

Canadian actor whose shattering performance in Kiss of the Spiderwoman was one of the great turns of musical theatreThe Canadian actor Brent Carver, who has died aged 68, played only once in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Friday, August 7, 2020

Alison Fiske obituary by Michael Coveney

Award-winning actor who brought intensity to roles ranging from Shakespeare to feminist comedyThere was nothing hidden or mysterious about Alison Fiske, who has died of cancer aged 76; as an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

André Ptaszynski obituary by Michael Coveney

Theatre producer and chief executive of the Really Useful group who enjoyed great success with the musical MatildaEach new generation of actors and writers is buoyed, if they are lucky, thro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Louise Page obituary by Michael Coveney

Prolific playwright acclaimed for her work at the Royal Court and the RSCThe varied and prolific career of the playwright Louise Page, who has died of cancer aged 65, was a rarity in the Bri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Monday, May 25, 2020

Rolf Hochhuth obituary by Michael Coveney

German dramatist best known for his 1963 play Der Stellvertreter (The Representative) about the Catholic church and the HolocaustIt is rare nowadays for a playwright to trigger public contro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Terence Frisby obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright whose comedy There’s a Girl in My Soup broke West End records and became a film starring Peter Sellers and Goldie HawnThe actor and playwright Terence Frisby, who has died aged …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Terrence McNally obituary by Michael Coveney

US playwright and librettist best known for Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneOf the several outstanding contemporary male dramatists whose work ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:32AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Stars in the wings: theatre's massive debt to am-dram by Michael Coveney

Box-office fortunes have been built on lampooning amateur dramatics’ cliche and incompetence, yet these theatres have had the last laugh A popular idea of am-dram is that the play goes wro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36PM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Michael Coveney: Has the wheel come full circle for amateur theatre in Britain? by Michael Coveney

Amdram has a colourful history on the British stage, from ‘little theatres’ in the early 1900s to today’s programmes at the National

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 07:01PM
Friday, February 21, 2020

Frances Cuka obituary by Michael Coveney

Prolific character actor on stage and screen, from Shakespearean classics to Friday Night Dinner and CasualtyAlthough she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on sta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Friday, February 7, 2020

Charles Wood obituary by Michael Coveney

Writer for stage, film and TV and screen whose experience as a soldier gave a passionate intensity to scripts including The Charge of the Light BrigadeSeveral of the playwrights who transfor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06PM
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Jerry Herman obituary by Michael Coveney

American composer and lyricist best known for Mame, Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles The composite image of a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, who has died aged 88…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Tony Britton obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage and screen actor who was a West End stalwart, became a film star in the 1950s and then a TV sitcom favourite in the 70s and 80s Tony Britton dies aged 95 In a career spanning six decad…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Barrie Keeffe obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright and screenwriter best known for the 1980 film classic The Long Good FridayAlthough Barrie Keeffe, who has died aged 74, wrote a long list of stage plays that fed into, and off, ea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Friday, November 8, 2019

Michael Coveney: Today, when everyone’s a critic, voices like Michael Billington’s are irreplaceable by Michael Coveney

The unthinkable has happened. Michael Billington has called it a day on the night job as he passes his 80th birthday and

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 03:00AM
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Martin Charnin obituary by Michael Coveney

Creator of the stage musical Annie, he wrote the lyrics and directed the show when it opened on Broadway in the 1970s While being far more than a one-hit wonder, Martin Charnin, who has died…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Freddie Jones obituary by Michael Coveney

Veteran actor admired for his roles as ‘Sir’ on stage in The Dresser, the freak-show owner in the 1980 film The Elephant Man and Sandy Thomas in TV’s EmmerdaleFreddie Jones, who has di…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24PM
Monday, April 22, 2019

John McEnery obituary by Michael Coveney

Intuitive actor with a magnetic stage presence and a voice that could rasp like sandpaperJohn McEnery, who has died aged 75, was an intuitive actor in the abrasive style of Nicol Williamson,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:20AM
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Notre Dame and the culture it inspired – from Matisse to the Muppets by Oliver Wainwright, Stuart Jeffries, Peter Bradshaw, Jonathan Jones, Fiona Maddocks, Michael Coveney and Keza Macdonald

It mesmerised Proust, terrified Homer Simpson and gave us the Hunchback – Guardian critics celebrate Paris’s gothic masterpiece at the heart of the modern imagination As Notre Dame Cathe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:13AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Duncan Weldon obituary by Michael Coveney

‘Old school’ theatre producer behind successes such as Stones in His Pockets, Waiting for Godot and No, No NanetteThe image of the West End theatre producer has changed radically in the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Monday, December 3, 2018

David Conville obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor and director who rescued the Open Air theatre in Regent’s Park, London, in the early 1960sDavid Conville, who has died aged 89, gave the air of being a patrician stage director and m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Jennie Stoller obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor with a remarkable stage presence admired for leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal CourtJennie Stoller, who has died of cancer aged 72, was an outstanding acto…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36PM
Friday, August 24, 2018

John Harrison obituary by Michael Coveney

Director who developed regional theatre in the Midlands and north of EnglandJohn Harrison, who has died aged 94, was a key figure in the British regional theatre of the 20th century and the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Monday, July 30, 2018

Bernard Hepton obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor best known for his roles in the TV series Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Colditz and I, ClaudiusNever on the front cover, but always somehow familiar, Bernard Hepton, who has died aged …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hugh Whitemore obituary by Michael Coveney

Dramatist and screenwriter who enjoyed success with Stevie, Breaking the Code and The Gathering StormThe dramatist and screenwriter Hugh Whitemore, who has died aged 82, was an accomplished …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:18AM
Monday, April 30, 2018

John Stride obituary by Michael Coveney

Founder member of the Old Vic company who lit up the London stage in the 1960s and 70s and starred in the TV series The Main ChanceJohn Stride, who has died aged 81, was a golden boy of the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber at 70: ‘He has a body of work that will not be surpassed by anyone’ by Michael Coveney

As Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates his 70th birthday, Michael Coveney looks back at the work and legacy of a composer whose work

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 08:01PM
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Michael Coveney: Ken Dodd was the greatest live performer I ever saw on stage by Michael Coveney

When I took my mother to see Ken Dodd at the London Palladium in the 1970s, she was banging her head against

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:58AM
Monday, March 12, 2018

Sir Ken Dodd obituary by Michael Coveney

Comedian with an endless desire to make people laugh known for his tickling sticks, Diddymen and marathon stage performancesThe last great “front-cloth” comic of our times, and the last …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:40AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kenneth Haigh obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor who took the role of Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, the groundbreaking 1956 play by John OsborneThe actor Kenneth Haigh, who has died aged 86, was the original Jimmy Porter in Joh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:21AM

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