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Dearly departed in 2018…

Those who took their final bows in 2018 include, clockwise from top left: Ken Dodd, Gillian Lynne, Ray Galton, Cicely Berry, John Barton and Ntozake Shange
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We pay tribute to some of the entertainment industry’s celebrated figures who died in 2018…

Director and Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton, 89. Click here to read full obituary.

John Barton in 2005. Photo: Pascal Molliere/RSC
John Barton in 2005. Photo: Pascal Molliere/RSC

Comedian and entertainer Ken Dodd, 90. Click here to read full obituary.

Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd. Photo: Maurice Gray

Playwright Tom Murphy, 83. Click here to read full obituary.

Tom Murphy. Photo: Joe Shaughnessy
Tom Murphy. Photo: Joe Shaughnessy

Choreographer Lindsay Kemp, 80. Click here to read full obituary.

Lindsay Kemp

Actor Dudley Sutton, 85. Click here to read full obituary.

Dudley Sutton
Dudley Sutton

Choreographer and director Gillian Lynne, 92. Click here to read full obituary.

Gillian Lynne pictured in 2009. Photo: Greg Heisler
Gillian Lynne pictured in 2009. Photo: Greg Heisler

Voice coach Cicely Berry, 92. Click here to read full obituary.

Cicely Berry pictured in 2006

Actor Kenneth Haigh, 86. Click here to read full obituary.

Kenneth Haigh
Kenneth Haigh

Entertainer Barry Chuckle, 73. Click here to read full obituary.

Barry Chuckle (right) with his brother Paul on stage at the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough in 2013. Photo: Zoyetu/Wikimedia

Lighting designer Mick Hughes, 79. Click here to read full obituary.

Mick Hughes. Photo: Chris Tranchell
Mick Hughes. Photo: Chris Tranchell

Comedy writer Neil Shand, 84. Click here to read full obituary.

Neil Shand spoke about his career at an event during Hull's City of Culture 2017 arts festival. Photo: Jerome Whittingham
Neil Shand spoke about his career at an event during Hull’s City of Culture 2017 arts festival. Photo: Jerome Whittingham

Actor Leslie Grantham, 71. Click here to read full obituary.

Leslie Grantham
Leslie Grantham

Actor Bella Emberg, 80. Click here to read full obituary.

Bella Emberg at The Stage Awards 2016. Photo: Alex Brenner
Bella Emberg at The Stage Awards 2016. Photo: Alex Brenner

Playwright Stephen Jeffreys, 68. Click here to read full obituary.

Stephen Jeffreys
Stephen Jeffreys

Actor John Stride, 81. Click here to read full obituary.

John Stride and Edward Petherbridge in the National Theatre’s 1967 production. Photo: Anthony Crickmay

Playwright Neil Simon, 91. Click here to read full obituary.

Neil Simon pictured in Central Park, New York, in 1995. Photo: Granada Television

Playwright Ntozake Shange, 70. Click here to read full obituary.

Ntozake Shange in 1978. Photo: Barnard College Archives/Wikimedia

Tricycle Theatre co-founder Shirley Barrie, 72. Click here to read full obituary.

Shirley Barrie
Shirley Barrie

Actor Bill Maynard, 89. Click here to read full obituary.

Bill Maynard in Heartbeat. Photo: Yorkshire TV
Bill Maynard in Heartbeat. Photo: Yorkshire TV

Agent Michael Black, 93. Click here to read full obituary.

Michael Black, celebrity talent agent
Michael Black

Actor John Bluthal, 89. Click here to read full obituary.

John Bluthal

Designer Ralph Koltai, 94. Click here to read full obituary.

Stage designer Ralph Koltai, who has died at the age of 94

Actor Fenella Fielding, 90. Click here to read full obituary.

Fenella Fielding
Fenella Fielding

Director and theatre manager David Conville, 89. Click here to read full obituary.

David Conville

Actor Peter Wyngarde, 80. Click here to read full obituary.

Peter Wyngarde. Photo: Wikimedia/Allan Warren
Peter Wyngarde. Photo: Wikimedia/Allan Warren

Agent Janet Glass, 81. Click here to read full obituary.

Janet Glass
Janet Glass

Costume supervisor Stephanie Arditti, 61. Click here to read full obituary.

Stephanie Arditti
Stephanie Arditti

Actor Bernard Hepton, 92. Click here to read full obituary.

Bernard Hepton. Photo: Featureflash

Comedy writer Ray Galton, 88. Click here to read full obituary.

Ray Galton

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