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OBITUARIES

Peter Whalley earned a place in television lore as the most prolific writer for ITV’s long-running soap opera Coronation Street, contributing 600 episodes over...

Thomas Meehan was a master flatterer who carved a successful and lucrative career by translating the work of others into a raft of musicals...

Peter Hall, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960 and moved the National Theatre into its new South Bank premises in 1975, is...

Although her contemporaries regarded her as a social realist, Ann Jellicoe was always quick to refuse that description of plays that dealt forthrightly with...

Best known in the UK as an opera director of imagination and visual flair, Lee Blakeley was a rising star of musical theatre in...

As co-founder of the Foco Novo theatre company, Bernard Pomerance helped shape Britain’s alternative theatre movement in the early 1970s, but he will be...

The author Rosemary Anne Sisson was best known as the lead writer on the 1970s television series Upstairs Downstairs. A daughter of Shakespearian scholar  CJ...

Hailed by the News of the World as “the face of 1967” and favourably likened to his compatriot Richard Burton, Hywel Bennett found fame...

No entertainer stamped his personality on prime-time television with such authoritative energy and charismatic zeal as Bruce Forsyth. In every decade from the late...

As Barbara Cook lay unconscious in her Manhattan apartment last week, a succession of Broadway stalwarts came to pay tribute at her bedside before...

Born into a theatrical family – her father was the actor Jack Watling, her mother Patricia Hicks – Deborah Watling will be best remembered...

William Hoyland was a distinctive and forceful actor whose career ranged across 50 years, first as a member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre in...
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