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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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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Obituary: Sam McCready – ‘renaissance man of the theatre’ by Michael Quinn

A founder member of Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, Sam McCready was the invigorating renaissance man of Northern Ireland’s theatre scene as it battled

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Obituary: Sylvia Kay – Popular sitcom actor who showed early promise on stage by Michael Quinn

Sylvia Kay was a familiar television face during the heyday of studio-based television drama in the 1960s and 1970s and went on

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Obituary: Sidonie Darrell – ‘Dancer who accompanied the leading stars of the day’ by Michael Quinn

Sidonie Darrell – known as Sidi – made her stage debut at the age of three and went on to become a

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Obituary: David Ponting – actor, writer and teacher who portrayed Dylan Thomas more than 700 times by Michael Quinn

David Ponting presented his one-man show Dylan Thomas, the Man and the Myth, more than 700 times on both sides of the

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Obituary: Albert Finney – scintillating stage actor who went on to enjoy a varied screen career by Michael Quinn

Time and talent thrust Albert Finney into the vanguard of a new generation of British actors on stage and screen. Drawn from

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Obituary: Clive Swift – committed stage and screen actor and co-founder of the Actors Centre by Michael Quinn

Clive Swift will be best remembered as the henpecked husband to Patricia Routledge’s painfully snobbish wife Hyacinth Bucket (“pronounced Bouquet!”) in Roy

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Obituary: Duncan C Weldon – ‘formidable theatre producer with the Midas touch’ by Michael Quinn

If any producer could claim to have had the Midas touch, it was Duncan C Weldon. Responsible for more than 700 classic

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Theatre producer Duncan C Weldon dies aged 77 by Michael Quinn

Tributes have been paid to the theatre producer and former administrator Duncan C Weldon who has died at the age of 77.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Obituary: Jennie Buckman – ‘told unheard stories that exposed inequality and injustice’ by Michael Quinn

On her website, Jennie Buckman described herself as “acting coach, playwright, activator”, that last epithet pointing to her increasing engagement with political

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Obituary: Windsor Davies – ‘star of sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ by Michael Quinn

As Battery Sergeant-Major Williams in David Croft and Jimmy Perry’s It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Windsor Davies’ booming voice could be heard

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Obituary: Actor Thomas Baptiste – ‘a leading figure in Britain’s post-war, cultural landscape’ by Michael Quinn

Born in British Guiana (now Guyana), Thomas Baptiste came to London in 1950 to study agriculture but instead became a leading figure

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Obituary: Carol Channing – ‘Entertainer of uncommon and distinctive qualities’ by Michael Quinn

When she made her London stage debut in 1970, Carol Channing came trailing glory as a Tony award-winning Broadway veteran of 20

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Obituary: Bernard Lloyd – ‘Acclaimed stage and screen actor’ by Michael Quinn

If Bernard Lloyd never achieved the celebrity of some of his peers, it wasn’t for the lack of exposure or ability. A

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Obituary: Barbara Kirby – ‘Valued ensemble member of the National Theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Barbara Kirby came late to acting, leaving behind a promising career in the Metropolitan Police as an executive officer in internal investigations

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Obituary: Michael Wild – ‘The nearly man of British musical theatre’ by Michael Quinn

Michael Wild was the nearly man of British musical theatre in a career that saw him produce more than 40 such works.

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Obituary: Jer O’Leary – ‘Admired as much for his political activism as for his acting’ by Michael Quinn

A popular, instantly recognised face on the streets of his native Dublin, Jer O’Leary was admired as much for his political activism

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Obituary: Johnny Hart – ‘Magician who worked with the Beatles, Ken Dodd and Bruce Forsyth’ by Michael Quinn

Johnny Hart, who has died aged 75, learned magic from a library book and went on to become the Magic Circle’s first

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Actors, writers and directors accuse Ireland’s Abbey Theatre of neglecting home-grown talent by Michael Quinn

More than 300 Irish actors, writers and directors have signed a letter to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, accusing its current leadership team of

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Obituary: Guy Hutchins – ‘Storyteller whose work for young audiences explored generational and inter-cultural issues’ by Michael Quinn

Guy Hutchins was a writer and storyteller whose work for young audiences explored generational and inter-cultural issues using masks, mime, puppets, dance

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