Get our free email newsletter with just one click

Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies

richard-attenborough-1975 Richard Attenborough in 1975. Photo: Verhoeff/Bert/Anefo/Dutch National Archives
by -

Richard Attenborough, best known for his work as an actor and film director, has died shortly before his 91st birthday.

He attended RADA, where he later became president, and his stage career included a starring role in the West End production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which would go on to set the record for the world’s longest running production. Attenborough’s prolific film career included directing Gandhi in 1983. The film won eight Academy Awards, the most ever collected by a British production. He died, aged 90, on August 24.

Obituary: Richard Attenborough

We need your help…

When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.

The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.

We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.

Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.