OBITUARIES

Tim Pigott-Smith’s sudden death at the age of 70 has robbed British theatre of one of its most intelligent and intuitive actors. And one...

When, at the height of his success in the 1970s, The Stage described Duggie Chapman as the “Delfont of the North”, it seemed to...

The son of German-Jewish parents who fled the Nazis to England at the outbreak of the Second World War, Michael Tuchner became one of...

Although Jane Freeman will forever be associated with the redoubtable cafe owner Ivy in Roy Clarke’s long-running The Last of the Summer Wine –...

A fine singing voice and quick-witted stage presence honed by six shows per day at London’s legendary Windmill Theatre took Barry Martin into the...

A Yorkshire coal miner’s son, sometime professional rugby league player, student of the Slade School of Fine Art and teacher, David Storey found himself...

John Forgeham carved something of a niche on television playing gruff, opinionated characters bolstered by machismo and exuding an alluring sense of menace. His small-screen...

Ken Bennett-Hunter was one of the most experienced and well-respected figures in British theatre over the last half-century. Had he been an actor, he...

Derek Walcott decided to become a poet at the age of eight and published his first poem at 14 – to find it denounced...

A seasoned performer on stage and screen, Tony Haygarth was a character actor of enormous resource and variety, whose lived-in face and direct, unfussy...

Patricia Yardley is synonymous with Birmingham School of Acting, the school founded in 1936 by her mother, Pamela Chapman. Working at the school from...

A singer-songwriter and pianist who eventually became a priest, Peter Skellern’s most famous song was the 1972 hit single You’re a Lady. Cloyingly sentimental,...
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