Obituary: Pamela Sholto – ‘studied ballet with the Russian prima ballerina Lydia Lopokova’

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Born in Edmonton, Middlesex, Pamela Sholto demonstrated an early ability in dance. She studied ballet with the Russian prima ballerina Lydia Lopokova and danced character parts at Covent Garden as a child.

Aged 16, she became a dancer in various incarnations of Vivian Van Damm’s Revudeville at the Windmill Theatre at a time, she later noted, when performers still wore clothes on its stage. The following year, she gained a scholarship to RADA, but her studies were briefly suspended when she was injured while on fire-watching duties during the Blitz.

She made her professional debut in the 1943 production of Brighton Rock starring Richard Attenborough at the Garrick Theatre before a brief spell as a technical assistant at the BBC. While appearing with Ensa in Germany, she met her husband, John Eyre, then leading the Guards Brigade’s acting company.

After spending the 1950s raising three children, she returned to the theatre with seasons in Nottingham, Plymouth and Tunbridge Wells before returning to the West End in Glyn Jones’ Early One Morning at the Arts Theatre in 1966.

At the National Theatre, she was in Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered in 1979 and joined the cast of Nell Dunn’s Steaming at the Comedy Theatre in 1982. She was last seen on stage as the pianist Mrs Fraser, in Richard Harris’ Stepping Out at the Mill at Sonning in 1996.

Pamela Ruth Sholto was born on August 10, 1922 and died on April 23, aged 95.