obituaries

Sophie Partridge was a dynamic performer, writer, broadcaster and political campaigner. Born with brittle bone syndrome, she proved as tireless as she was imaginative in...

AR Gurney was one of the most prolific American playwrights of his generation, producing almost a play per year alongside two musicals, a brace...

Helen Pringle, who has died from cancer at the age of 50, was a tireless advocate of theatre as a force for social and...

With a voice that sounded like it had been knitted from homespun wool, Peter Sallis found fame late in life as the unflappable pensioner...

When John Noakes joined the BBC’s flagship children’s programme Blue Peter in 1967, the Beatles were in their pomp and the sober social attitudes...

Roy Barraclough’s television fame as theatrical agent-turned Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street, and as the affectedly haughty Cissie to Les Dawson’s...

As artistic director of Kneehigh in the decade to 2005 and founder in the same year of the Redruth, Cornwall-based WildWorks, Bill Mitchell pioneered...

My mother Polly Taylor was an actor who enjoyed spells with London’s Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, regional reps, television and in the...

As a script editor, producer and head of the BBC’s series and serials department, Michael Wearing was responsible for such era-defining programmes as Alan...
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