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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Obituary: Terry Jones – Writer, director and actor who with Monty Python reshaped the course of British comedy by Michael Quinn

Terry Jones was first among equals in the era-defining ensemble that launched Monty Python’s Flying Circus on unsuspecting television viewers used to

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Christopher Beeny – Upstairs Downstairs actor with prolific stage career by Michael Quinn

By the time he shot to fame as the footman Edward in Upstairs Downstairs in 1971, Christopher Beeny had been performing for

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Reg Stewart – ‘guaranteed to give a well-turned performance’ by Michael Quinn

East 15 graduate Reg Stewart was a jobbing actor who lent reliability and a guarantee of a well-turned performance to a career

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Malcolm Farquhar – ‘transformed the fortunes of the Everyman Cheltenham in the 1970s’ by Michael Quinn

As artistic director of the Everyman Cheltenham for 12 years from 1971, Malcolm Farquhar transformed the fortunes of the Frank Matcham-designed venue.

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Derek Fowlds – TV and stage actor best known for Yes Minister and Basil Brush by Michael Quinn

For the generation who grew up watching television in the early 1970s, Derek Fowlds will be best remembered as Basil Brush’s long-suffering

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Obituary: Ciaran McIntyre – consummate ensemble player in theatres across the UK and Ireland by Michael Quinn

Ciaran McIntyre was a consummate ensemble player who worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End and in regional theatres

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Obituary: Mike Barnett – engineer who created some of the West End’s most spectacular effects by Michael Quinn

When The Stage noted in 1986 that “at the moment the West End owes more to the engineering skills of Mike Barnett

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Obituary: Sheila Mercier – stage and screen actor who played Annie Sugden in Emmerdale for 22 years by Michael Quinn

Sheila Mercier will be best remembered as the stern matriarch Annie Sugden in ITV’s Emmerdale Farm (latterly, Emmerdale) for 22 years from

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Obituary: Ian Smith – founder of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival by Michael Quinn

More than anyone in recent times, Ian Smith championed the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan that had once dazzled and defined

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Obituary: Jerry Herman – Broadway composer and lyricist whose mega-hits included Hello, Dolly! by Michael Quinn

Hailed by The Stage’s former editor Peter Hepple as “the master melodist of our time”, Jerry Herman was arguably the last of

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Obituary: Jean Fergusson – stage and screen actor famed for her role as femme fatale Marina in Last of the Summer Wine by Michael Quinn

Jean Fergusson spent nearly half of her career as the femme fatale Marina in Roy Clarke’s Last of the Summer Wine. She

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Obituary: Tony Britton – stage and screen actor who became a familiar face in TV sitcoms by Michael Quinn

When Tony Britton, who has died aged 95, was seen as Gloucester alongside Joss Ackland’s King Lear in rehearsed readings directed by

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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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