Obituary: Alan Osman

Alan Osman

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

He started his career at the Theatre Royal Bath in the early 1960s under the auspices of Frank and Nellie Maddox. Together with Paul Harris, in 1968 he formed the successful illusionists double-act the Amazing Mystons, with whom he often performed Harry Houdini’s classic underwater escape. In the early 1970s he joined Ray Cooney Productions, initially as a stage and production manager before becoming the impresario’s secretary and subsequently general manger, working on many productions both in the UK and abroad.

Over the years, he clocked up an impressive collection of West End credits, including producing the first lunchtime production in a West End theatre, the Cambridge (Elfyn Jenkins’ Sanctuary in 1978) when Larry Parnes was still its owner. He was also company manager on the then groundbreaking production of John Curry’s Theatre of Skating in 1977.

A man of many talents, he was truly loved and will be missed by so many people in the business.

Alan Osman was born on September 3, 1945, and died suddenly in his sleep at home on his 72nd birthday. He is survived by his partner of 44 years, Roger Bruce.