Ciaran McIntyre was a consummate ensemble player who worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End and in regional theatres throughout the UK and Ireland.
In 2008 he won the best actor category in The Stage’s acting excellence awards for his contribution to Philip Ralph’s verbatim documentary drama Deep Cut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Produced by the Sherman Cymru Theatre and seen at the city’s Traverse Theatre, it subsequently played at London’s Tricycle Theatre.
McIntyre had previously appeared at the Tricycle as the bristly old-timer Dunlavin in Kathy Burke’s 2004 revival of Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow and returned for Owen McCafferty’s The Absence of Women in 2011. In the same year, he won acclaim in Emma Jordan’s revival of McCafferty’s Shoot the Crow for Prime Cut in Belfast.
Having spent a year with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1993, McIntyre returned in 2000 and again in 2003 for its New York runs of Coriolanus and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and as Donny in its national UK tour of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
At the Old Vic, he appeared alongside Kevin Spacey’s Richard II for director Trevor Nunn in 2005 and he supported Orlando Bloom in David Storey’s In Celebration at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2007.
McIntyre’s collaborations with Out of Joint included Stella Feehily’s Dreams of Violence (2009) and Mr Slocum in Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall (2015).
A delightfully eccentric Jimmy Jack in Brian Friel’s Translations (Leicester Curve, 2010), McIntyre gave a moving performance as Telegin to Conleth Hill’s Uncle Vanya at the Belfast Lyric in 2012. His Richard in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer at the same venue in 2013 was bracingly loud and boisterous.
For all his weighted physicality on stage, McIntyre was always an actor of nuanced subtlety, as demonstrated by his portrayal of a devout father struggling with the loss of his faith in St John Ervine’s John Ferguson at the Finborough Theatre in 2014 demonstrated.
His last stage appearance was as Uncle George in Lynsey Turner’s 2018 revival of Aristocrats at London’s Donmar Warehouse.
Ciaran McIntyre was born in Mohill, County Leitrim, on September 4, 1947. He died on November 12, 2019, aged 72.