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obituaries

With the passing of Joy Francois at the age of 85, another link to the heyday of variety theatre has been lost. Born in Birmingham,...

Anthony Stott began his theatre career at the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham after studying sociology and economics at Leeds University. Initially intended as a temporary job,...

Bobby Knutt was already a name on the northern club circuit and in summer season variety shows when he found wider – and unexpected...

Tributes have been paid to Peter Plouviez, the former general secretary of Equity, following his death on October 5, aged 86. In an email to...

Alan Osman worked extensively in numerous West End theatres for well over 40 years in many capacities in backstage, front of house and senior...

Alex Morrow could easily have been described as the original Billy Elliot. Born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, on February 19, 1932, to a...

In a stage career that spanned six decades, Benjamin Whitrow was a supporting actor of consummate elegance who proved time and again Laurence Olivier’s...

As the opinionated, left-wing “Scouse git” son-in-law to Warren Mitchell’s Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part, Tony Booth was the latest –...

From gobby machinist to preening landlady of the Rovers Return, Liz Dawn’s 34 years in Coronation Street made her one of the most familiar...
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