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OBITUARIES

With the passing of Joy Francois at the age of 85, another link to the heyday of variety theatre has been lost. Born in Birmingham,...

Anthony Stott began his theatre career at the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham after studying sociology and economics at Leeds University. Initially intended as a temporary job,...

Bobby Knutt was already a name on the northern club circuit and in summer season variety shows when he found wider – and unexpected...

Alan Osman worked extensively in numerous West End theatres for well over 40 years in many capacities in backstage, front of house and senior...

Alex Morrow could easily have been described as the original Billy Elliot. Born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on February 19, 1932, to a...

In a stage career that spanned six decades, Benjamin Whitrow was a supporting actor of consummate elegance who proved time and again Laurence Olivier’s...

As the opinionated, left-wing “Scouse git” son-in-law to Warren Mitchell’s Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part, Tony Booth was the latest –...

From gobby machinist to preening landlady of the Rovers Return, Liz Dawn’s 34 years in Coronation Street made her one of the most familiar...

It would have been enough to have been known as the man who launched Barbra Streisand’s career, but Barry Dennen was himself an accomplished...

Few actors win the freedom of their birthplace, but such was Michael Twomey’s contribution to theatre in Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city, that he was...

When it opened in 1982, the Barbican Centre in the heart of the City of London was Europe’s largest arts centre. Such was its...

As storyline editor and scriptwriter on Coronation Street for a 15-year period from 1983, Tom Elliott shaped the fortunes of ITV’s flagship soap as...
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