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The Way of the World actor Alex Beckett dies suddenly

Alex Beckett in rehearsals for The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo: Johan Persson. Alex Beckett in rehearsals for The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo: Johan Persson.
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Alex Beckett, who was appearing in The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse, has died.

The theatre confirmed the sudden death of the Welsh actor on April 12, and has cancelled the remaining performances of the show this week.

The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

A statement from Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke and executive director Kate Pakenham said: “We are deeply shocked by the tragic loss of our dear friend and brilliant actor Alex Beckett, a much-loved member of The Way of the World company. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this incredibly sad time.

“Everyone at the Donmar and The Way of the World company are completely devastated by this terribly sad news. We have taken the decision to cancel the remaining performances this week, as a mark of respect to Alex, and to give some time to the company, who all loved Alex as a fellow actor and a friend.”

Beckett, who played Waitwell in The Way of the World, also recently appeared in Grimly Handsome at the Royal Court. His theatre credits also include Headlong’s Pygmalion, Blue Heart at the Orange Tree and Tobacco Factory Theatres, and Edward II at the National Theatre.

He was also known for roles in the BBC mockumentary series Twenty Twelve and W1A.

His agent, Gavin Denton-Jones, said: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Alex – a wonderful man and a hugely talented actor. Our thoughts are with his family and we kindly ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

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