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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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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Obituary: Mark Medoff – ‘Tony award-winning playwright of Children of a Lesser God’ by Michael Quinn

Although Mark Medoff wrote more than 30 plays for stage and radio and a further 12 screenplays, he will be largely remembered

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Obituary: Edward Kelsey – ‘actor who played lovable rogue Joe Grundy on The Archers’ by Michael Quinn

For more than 30 years, Edward Kelsey’s voice was one of the most familiar and best-loved on radio. As The Archers’ workshy

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Obituary: Katherine Lewis – ‘formidable advocate of Irish dance’ by Michael Quinn

With the death of Katherine Lewis at the age of 57, Irish dance has lost one of its most formidable advocates. As

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Obituary: John McEnery – ‘powerful stage and screen actor who had a dark, compelling energy’ by Michael Quinn

John McEnery was an actor fuelled by a complex, combustible inner life that manifested itself with a dark, compelling energy and often

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Obituary: John Toogood – Theatre administrator and manager who oversaw a series of iconic West End shows by Michael Quinn

John Toogood’s first encounter with the stage as the middle legs of a dragon in the Theatre Royal, Lincoln’s 1958 pantomime was

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Obituary: Donald Campbell – Playwright, poet and historian who influenced the Scottish cultural community by Michael Quinn

A playwright and poet who employed the rich, muscular vernacular of his native Scotland to often vivid effect, Donald Campbell, who has

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sandy Ratcliff – ‘actor who played Sue Osman in EastEnders’ by Michael Quinn

Although Sandy Ratcliff’s most prominent role was as the trauma-afflicted cafe owner Sue Osman in the early, defining years of the BBC’s

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Obituary: Shane Rimmer – ‘Canadian actor who voiced Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds’ by Michael Quinn

It was Shane Rimmer’s voice that first brought him to the UK from his native Canada as part of the close-harmony trio

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Obituary: Julia Lockwood – ‘Too tall to be a dancer but an inherited acting talent’ by Michael Quinn

The daughter of film star Margaret Lockwood, Julia Lockwood made her own acting debut at the age of four, appearing alongside her

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Obituary: Stanley Price – ‘bright and witty novelist, playwright and screenwriter’ by Michael Quinn

Although Stanley Price’s original ambition had been to become an actor, it was as a novelist, playwright and screenwriter that he found

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Five Northern Irish arts organisations under threat after losing Arts Council funding by Michael Quinn

Five arts organisations, including the Belfast-based theatre companies Bruiser and Terra Nova Productions, are under threat after losing their annual funding in

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Obituary: Joy Bondini – ‘one of the busiest costume supervisors in the West End’ by Michael Quinn

Joy Bondini inherited a love of fabrics and sewing from her dressmaker grandmother and tailor mother and went on to become one

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Obituary: Clinton Greyn – ‘striking actor who enjoyed a long career on stage and screen’ by Michael Quinn

Tall, strikingly masculine, with piercing blue eyes and a powerful voice inherited from his paternal grandfather, a Welsh Congregational preacher, Clinton Greyn

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Obituary: Pat Laffan – ‘actor best known for playing milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted’ by Michael Quinn

Pat Laffan’s contribution to Irish theatre went far beyond the iconic brace of comic performances he will be remembered for: the libidinous

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Obituary: Peter Hughes – familiar face on stage and screen by Michael Quinn

A familiar face on British television in a screen career spanning more than six decades, Peter Hughes also enjoyed a substantial stage

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Obituary: Robert Thomas – ‘One of the most respected theatre accountants of his generation’ by Michael Quinn

One of the most respected theatre accountants of his generation, Robert Thomas received an Olivier award shortly before his death at the

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Obituary: André Previn – ‘Oscar-winning composer who was a familiar presence on British TV’ by Michael Quinn

For British audiences of a certain age, André Previn will be remembered as “Mr Preview”, the hapless conductor who tried, and failed,

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