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OBITUARIES

It is hard to imagine a less auspicious start to a career in showbusiness than that of Nicholas Parsons'. Despite showing early signs of thespian...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheila Mercier will be best remembered as the stern matriarch Annie Sugden in ITV’s Emmerdale Farm (latterly, Emmerdale) for 22 years from 1972, briefly...

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

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

June Whitfield, 93. Click here to read full obituary. Albert Finney, 82. Click here to read full obituary. Carol Channing, 97. Click here to read full obituary. Freddie...
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