Sir Antony Sher

Sir Antony Sher (right) with Gregory Doran pictured on the day of their civil partnership in 2005. Unknown photographer

The theatre world has paid generous tribute to one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, Sir Antony Sher, who has died of cancer aged just 72, recently being cared for by his husband, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

I will not add too much more, as others are far more qualified than I to speak about his achievements and accolades. But I do want to remind you that my colleagues Anthony Field and John Causebrook co-produced (with the wonderful Thelma Holt CBE) the UK tour and London run of KEAN in 2006, which starred Antony Sher in the title role. The show which was highly-acclaimed for the ensemble work as well as Sher’s performance, was a great success around the country and in the West End (at the Apollo Theatre).

The last time I saw him onstage was in the RSC’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN back in 2016. I didn’t really connect with his Willy Loman, which was a disappointment as it had been so celebrated and anticipated. Instead, I was blown away by the understated, stoic quality of Harriet Walter’s Linda Loman.

Sincerest condolences to Gregory, his family – blood and theatre- and friends.

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