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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Avril Elgar obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage and screen actor admired for her versatility and comic timingIn the middle of her long association with the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, one critic opined that “any producti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54PM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Una Stubbs obituary by Michael Coveney

Sparkling actor whose long, eclectic career ranged from Shakespeare to Sherlock Una Stubbs, actor in Sherlock and Till Death Us Do Part, dies aged 84 Una Stubbs: a life in pictures Brigh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32PM
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Tony Armatrading obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage and screen actor who enjoyed success with the RSC and in many TV and film roles, including Empire Road and Notting Hill Tony Armatrading, who has died aged 59 of cancer, was a big, war…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Trader Faulkner obituary by Michael Coveney

Versatile actor, flamenco dancer and biographer of his friend and fellow Australian Peter FinchWhen he first came to London in 1950, the Australian actor Trader Faulkner, who has died aged 9…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Monday, April 12, 2021

Arthur Kopit obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright who shot to fame in the 1960s and had his biggest success with the Broadway musical NineIt was the fate of Arthur Kopit, who has died aged 83 from progressive dementia, to be labe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Monday, March 29, 2021

Bob Swash obituary by Michael Coveney

West End theatre producer behind a string of hits including Evita and Blood BrothersThe theatre producer Bob Swash, who has died aged 91, took his experience of operating in the West End of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Trevor Peacock obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor and songwriter best known for playing Jim Trott in the BBC’s comedy series The Vicar of DibleyTrevor Peacock, the actor and songwriter, who has died aged 89 after suffering from deme…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Nicola Pagett obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage and screen actor best known for playing Elizabeth Bellamy in the 1970s TV series Upstairs, Downstairs Nicola Pagett, who has died suddenly of a brain tumour aged 75, will not easily be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Rosalind Knight obituary by Michael Coveney

Veteran stage and screen actor who found new audiences with her roles in TV’s Gimme Gimme Gimme and Friday Night DinnerIn a career stretching over seven decades, the distinctive, cut-glass…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18PM
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Ann Reinking obituary by Michael Coveney

Broadway dance star who was one of the greatest exponents of Bob Fosse’s choreographyBroadway show girls call it a layback: balancing on one foot, the other leg shoots up through 180 degre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18PM
Monday, November 30, 2020

Israel Horovitz obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright, screenwriter and director who found success off-Broadway in the 1960s Although he came to prominence in the off-Broadway counterculture melting pot of Greenwich Village in the l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32PM
Friday, November 20, 2020

Philip Voss obituary by Michael Coveney

Compelling actor whose versatile career encompassed Doctor Who, James Bond and the RSC The commanding actor Philip Voss, who has died of cancer and complications from Covid-19 aged 84, was r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Sir Ronald Harwood obituary by Michael Coveney

Playwright and screenwriter whose hit play, The Dresser, drew on his experiences of working with the actor-manager Donald WolfitRonald Harwood, who has died aged 85, was an indefatigably har…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:32PM
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

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