OBITUARIES

Maya Plisetskaya

Writing about Maya Plisetskaya on the occasion of a gala 80th birthday salute at the Royal Opera House in 2006, The Stage’s Kevin Berry...
Nigel Terry

Nigel Terry was never a predictable actor except in as much as he was always compelling to watch. With handsome, chiselled features and a...
Chandos Records founder Brian Cozens. Photo: Chandos Records

When Brian Couzens formed Chandos Records in 1979, he unexpectedly found himself at the forefront of not one but two revolutions in the classical...

Growing up, after the separation of her parents, in the home of her painter and illustrator grandfather, Warwick William Lendon (a one-time pupil of...
Paul Almond

Paul Almond directed the first series of what many regard as one of the most ambitious – certainly the longest lasting – television documentaries...
Keith Harris

For more than a decade, ventriloquist Keith Harris was one of the biggest stars in light entertainment, hosting his own variety-based Saturday evening primetime...
Katharine Worth

In a long career that embraced both theatre and academia, Katherine Worth could lay claim to being the first female professor of drama in...
Ronnie Carroll performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962. Photo: Ezarate via Wikimedia Commons

Ronnie Carroll was a Belfast-born singer whose style owed much to American crooners and who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1960s. The son of...
Claire Gordon

Spotted by a photographer at the age of 16, Claire Gordon was signed to a five-year film contract by an industry keen to find...
Vince Starr

Although never a headliner, Vince Starr was part of the backbone of the old-time variety theatre. Together with his wife, Rita, he was a...
Dennis Marks. Photo: BBC

As the BBC’s head of music and general director of English National Opera, Dennis Marks was a passionate and occasionally provocative advocate for the...
Chris Hardman, centre, with Loserville director Steven Dexter and cast member Lauren Hall.

As a prodigiously self- confident 15-year-old drummer, guitarist and singer in Channel 4’s Rock School, Chris Hardman already had sufficient charisma to outshine the...