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West End actor Gerard Murphy dies

Gerard Murphy (right) with Kieron Self in The Rivals in 2010. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Actor and director Gerard Murphy has died from prostate cancer at the age of 64.

His agent Lynda Ronan said he died at home yesterday after “battling courageously with cancer for two and a half years”.

Born in Newry, County Down, he began his professional career with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre – returning there last year for an acclaimed Krapp’s Last Tape – and was an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing as Hal alongside Joss Ackland’s Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I in 1982, the first production to open the RSC’s then new Barbican Theatre home.

He was last seen in the West End in the 2010/11 revival of The Rivals at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. His most recent film was the adaptation of Abbie Spallen’s hit stage play Pump Girl in 2009.

As a director, his productions were seen in the UK, US and Japan.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Stage.

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