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obituaries

Peter Nichols cut a daunting figure. Tall, bespectacled and physically awkward, he was a formidable presence in the rehearsal room: guffawing, sighing audibly, scratching...

Few writers mined their own biography with such caustic flamboyance and mordantly gleeful disregard for opinion as Peter Nichols, who has died aged 92. Born...

Gillian Hanna, who has died at the age of 75 after a long illness, was a protean figure in the alternative theatre movement of...

Speaking to The Stage in 1979, Sheila Steafel described herself as “a straight character comedy actress who always wanted to be a musical star”....

Freda Dowie will be best remembered as the abused, long-suffering mother in Terence Davies’ autobiographical film Distant Voices, Still Lives, a role that earned...

Dancer Julia Farron, who has died at the age of 96, may not have achieved the celebrity status of her peers Margot Fonteyn and...

Few figures made so charismatic or immediate an impact on recent Irish theatre as the actor and director Karl Shiels, who has died at...

Actor Jeremy Kemp’s screen career was dominated by roles in uniform, most indelibly including his television breakthrough as PC Bob Steele in the first...

Joe Longthorne, who has died at the age of 64, was one of the biggest light-entertainment stars of his generation, admired within the industry...
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