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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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Obituary: Jean Heywood – actor who was a familiar face on television by Michael Quinn

Jean Heywood was in her 40s before she began what was to be a long and successful acting career. Television viewers will

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Obituary: William Talbot – prolific designer, prop maker and teacher by Michael Quinn

William ‘Bill’ Talbot played a key behind-the-scenes role in the emergence of the Welsh television and film production industry in the 1980s

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Obituary: Mustapha Matura – playwright who explored the experiences of West Indians in the UK by Michael Quinn

Mustapha Matura, who has died aged 79, transformed the profile of domestic theatre in the 1970s and beyond as one of the

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Obituary: Noel O’Donovan – actor who was a mainstay of contemporary Irish theatre by Michael Quinn

Actor Noel O’Donovan was a mainstay of contemporary Irish theatre who also made memorable contributions to Ireland’s homegrown television and film industries

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Obituary: Alicia Alonso – ‘one of the greatest prima ballerinas of the last century’ by Michael Quinn

Hailed as one of the greatest prima ballerinas of the last century, Alicia Alonso was a force of nature who dominated American

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Obituary: Leah Bracknell – Emmerdale actor who played the first lesbian character to feature regularly in a British soap by Michael Quinn

Leah Bracknell’s 16-year spell as vet Zoe Tate in ITV’s long-running Emmerdale saw her create television history as the first regular, openly

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Obituary: Stephen Moore – ‘versatile actor who was a stalwart of the RSC and National Theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Stephen Moore was one of the most versatile and reliable actors of his generation. A vital, always intelligent presence on stage, his

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Obituary: Terence Knapp – London-born actor who found fame in Hawaii by Michael Quinn

A founding member of the National Theatre, Terence Knapp found fame on the other side of the world where he was formally

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Obituary: Juliette Kaplan – Last of the Summer Wine’s Pearl Sibshaw by Michael Quinn

Juliette Kaplan, who has died aged 80, will be best remembered for her 25-year residency in Roy Clarke’s Last of the Summer

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Irish arts budget announcement prompts mixed responses by Michael Quinn

A 2% increase to arts and culture funding outlined in Ireland’s newly announced 2020 budget has been met with mixed reactions, despite

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Obituary: Jessye Norman – operatic force of nature by Michael Quinn

Possessed of a voice that refused any categorisation other than its own lustrous sound, Jessye Norman, who has died aged 74, was

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Obituary: John O’Brien – much-admired Ballet Rambert dancer and widely respected teacher by Michael Quinn

John O’Brien owed his career as a much-admired principal dancer with Ballet Rambert, and later a widely respected teacher, to the suggestion

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Obituary: Jenny Secombe – ‘prominent publicist of BBC TV comedy hits’ by Michael Quinn

As the eldest child of the comedian and singer Harry Secombe, a career in showbusiness must have seemed an inevitability for Jenny

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Obituary: Anna Quayle – ‘versatile actor admired for her dramatic panache and comedic subtlety’ by Michael Quinn

Hailed in the UK as the inheritor of Joyce Grenfell’s mantle and in the US as “Broadway’s new comedy queen”, Anna Quayle

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Obituary: James Cellan Jones – ‘responsible for some of TV’s most critically acclaimed dramas’ by Michael Quinn

No director stamped their signature on the television costume and period drama with as much style, substance and success as James Cellan

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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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