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Margaret Wolfit

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Margaret Wolfit was the actress daughter of the late Sir Donald Wolfit. She was renowned for her one-woman shows and she was also the director, then vice-chairman, of the Royal Theatrical Fund for more than 30 years.

Born in London on June 2, 1929, she was educated at Hampstead High School and the Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire. She trained for the stage at RADA and then went into repertory at Edinburgh, Chesterfield, Guildford, Nottingham and Exeter, where she played both leading and character roles.

Throughout the fifties she regularly appeared in the West End and among her most notable credits were The Winter’s Tale (1951), Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing (1951), Mary Magdalene in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, Queen Margaret to Alan Badel’s Richard III and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. She also played Jessica to her father’s famous portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

Her one-woman shows were much acclaimed by both the critics and public alike and included George Eliot – A Portrait, Octavia Hill, the Woman Who Cared, Strange Contrasts (derived from George Eliot’s Adam Bede) and I’m Going to Be a Doctor, a show based on the letters of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

She had been suffering from cancer and died on September 20, aged 79. She married and divorced Stanley Amis. She is survived by her daughter.

Patrick Newley