Composer Sandy Wilson dies

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The composer and lyricist Sandy Wilson, best known for the musicals The Boyfriend and Valmouth, has died at the age of 90.

A statement from his agent Nick Quinn confirmed his death in the early hours of this morning.

After beginning his stage career in student revues at Oxford University and attending a production course at the Old Vic Theatre School, he wrote his first musical, Caprice, in 1950.

The Boy Friend followed in 1953 and made Wilson’s name and reputation. Its West End run at the Wyndham’s Theatre lasted nearly 2,100 performances over more than five years. Although it fared less well on Broadway, closing after 485 performances, it saw Julia Andrews make her debut on the Great White Way and was later filmed by Ken Russell.

Other works included Divorce Me, Darling!, Call it Love, His Monkey Wife, Buccaneer and the revues See You Later, which starred Peter Cook, and the Hermione Gingold vehicle Slings and Arrows.

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