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Friday, February 3, 2023

Kit Hesketh-Harvey obituary by Michael Coveney

Writer, broadcaster, and half of the renowned cabaret act Kit and the Widow You could easily assume that Kit Hesketh-Harvey, who has died unexpectedly aged 65, was an old-fashioned throwbac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Friday, December 30, 2022

David Pownall obituary by Michael Coveney

British playwright best known for Master Class, as well as for comic novels inspired by his time in Zambia David Pownall, who has died aged 84, was a playwright and novelist who, while never…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36AM
Friday, November 4, 2022

James Roose-Evans obituary by Michael Coveney

Founder director of the Hampstead theatre club who brought landmark productions to the London stageJames Roose-Evans, the founding director of the Hampstead theatre club, who has died aged 9…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Timothy O’Brien obituary by Michael Coveney

Stage designer who worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the National Theatre in London and numerous opera housesThe stage designer Timothy O’Brien, who has died of prostate cancer …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Dame Angela Lansbury obituary by Michael Coveney

Versatile actor with a long career on stage and screen, best known as the TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She WroteAlthough she was born in London, and retained a classic English poise…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Marcello Magni obituary by Michael Coveney

Italian actor and co-founder of the theatre company Complicité who was admired for the physicality of his performancesThe Italian actor Marcello Magni, who has died aged 63 of prostate canc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

James Rado obituary by Michael Coveney

American actor, playwright and lyricist who co-wrote the 1960s hippy rock musical HairFor all its hippy-drippy dawning of the Age of Aquarius aspect, Hair (1967), the first theatrical rock m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48PM
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Denise Coffey obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor and comedian who invested her many stage and screen roles with incomparable zest and cheekThere have been few genuine clowns in theatre and television as good as Denise Coffey, who has…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Sunday, March 13, 2022

Jeremy Child obituary by Michael Coveney

Actor whose collection of stage and screen establishment figures included three TV foreign secretariesFor someone who succeeded to a baronetcy in 1971, the actor Jeremy Child, who has died a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07PM
Saturday, January 8, 2022

Bill Bryden obituary by Michael Coveney

Theatre director who brought fizz and glamour to the Royal Court and built an unrivalled ensemble at the NationalDavid Mamet sent his script of Glengarry Glen Ross to Harold Pinter and asked…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Robert Holman obituary by Michael Coveney

Enigmatic playwright best known for Making Noise Quietly and German Skerries whose natural habitat was the studio theatreAlthough his plays were performed regularly at the Royal Court and th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12AM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Clifford Rose obituary by Michael Coveney

Founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company with roles in stage and screen productions from King Lear to Doctor WhoWell graced, well spoken and (usually) well dressed on the stage, Cliff…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42PM
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Leslie Bricusse obituary by Michael Coveney

Oscar-winning composer and lyricist known for his hugely successful songs for Willy Wonka and Doctor DolittleThe songwriter Leslie Bricusse, who has died aged 90, was a quiet man with an uns…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
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

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