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Light entertainment impresario Luff dies

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Robert Luff, one of Britain’s most famous light entertainment impresarios, has died at the age of 94.

Luff produced the hugely successful stage version of The Black and White Minstrel Show, which ran twice nightly between 1962 and 1972 at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. It broke all box office records and played to more than eight million customers.

Luff also presented touring versions of the show, including one which featured a young Lenny Henry. In 1975 Luff became Henry’s manager.

Bedford-born Luff also staged numerous spectacular variety shows at seaside resorts during his career and between 1966 and 1974, he owned the Futurist Theatre at Scarborough.

From 1973 he managed the famous dance troupe, The Tiller Girls. In 1995 he was appointed CBE for his services to charity.

Luff died on February 18. A full obituary will appear in The Stage newspaper.

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