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Dearly departed in 2018…

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. [1]

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. [2]

Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd. Photo: Maurice Gray

Playwright Tom Murphy, 83. Click here to read full obituary. [3]

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

Choreographer Lindsay Kemp, 80. Click here to read full obituary. [4]

Lindsay Kemp

Actor Dudley Sutton, 85. Click here to read full obituary. [5]

Dudley Sutton
Dudley Sutton

Choreographer and director Gillian Lynne, 92. Click here to read full obituary. [6]

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 [7].

Cicely Berry pictured in 2006

Actor Kenneth Haigh, 86. Click here to read full obituary. [8]

Kenneth Haigh
Kenneth Haigh

Entertainer Barry Chuckle, 73. Click here to read full obituary. [9]

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. [10]

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

Comedy writer Neil Shand, 84. Click here to read full obituary. [11]

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. [12]

Leslie Grantham
Leslie Grantham

Actor Bella Emberg, 80. Click here to read full obituary. [13]

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. [14]

Stephen Jeffreys
Stephen Jeffreys

Actor John Stride, 81. Click here to read full obituary. [15]

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. [16]

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

Playwright Ntozake Shange, 70. Click here to read full obituary. [17]

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

Tricycle Theatre co-founder Shirley Barrie, 72. Click here to read full obituary. [18]

Shirley Barrie
Shirley Barrie

Actor Bill Maynard, 89. Click here to read full obituary. [19]

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

Agent Michael Black, 93. Click here to read full obituary. [20]

Michael Black, celebrity talent agent
Michael Black

Actor John Bluthal, 89. Click here to read full obituary. [21]

John Bluthal

Designer Ralph Koltai, 94. Click here to read full obituary. [22]

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

Actor Fenella Fielding, 90. Click here to read full obituary. [23]

Fenella Fielding
Fenella Fielding

Director and theatre manager David Conville, 89. Click here to read full obituary. [24]

David Conville

Actor Peter Wyngarde, 80. Click here to read full obituary. [25]

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

Agent Janet Glass, 81. Click here to read full obituary. [26]

Janet Glass
Janet Glass

Costume supervisor Stephanie Arditti, 61. Click here to read full obituary. [27]

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. [28]

Ray Galton