OBITUARIES

A member of Equity for more than 74 years, Audrey Noble fulfilled the prediction of her first professional employer, Ronald Russell of Bristol’s Rapier...

As stage manager for leading venues in the regions and London, Bill Hetterley was well placed to see a succession of variety bills pass...

Often described as Ireland’s Chekhov, William Trevor’s reputation far exceeded his own modest description of himself as a “short-story writer who likes to write...

For more than 40 years, Pierre Picton was one of the most popular circus performers in Britain. As Pierre the Clown, he made the...

In the 1970s, Margaret Ashcroft secured her place in television history by becoming the first female actor to simultaneously have leading roles in two...

For 20 years until his retirement earlier this year, Richard Anthony Baker brought a wealth of experience, unmatched authority and boundless passion for the...

Seldom, it seemed, out of work, John Carson was long one of the most familiar faces and voices on British television and film, in...

Together with David Croft, Jimmy Perry helped define British television comedy for a quarter of a century. The pair’s first hit, Dad’s Army, ran from...

Colin George’s decision to champion a thrust stage in Sheffield’s new Crucible Theatre in 1971 was one of the most controversial theatre issues of...

Over the course of 23 years on the cobbled stones of Coronation Street, Jean Alexander transformed Hilda Ogden, the skivvy with a headful of...

One of the most prolific directors of his generation, Howard Davies’ name attached to a project offered audiences a guarantee that a play would...

The long-serving, seemingly inexhaustible compere and host of The Stage’s Showcall Showcases – a key talent-scouting event for the light entertainment industry – Tufty...
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