Sir Antony Sher, one of British theatre’s most acclaimed and respected stage actors, has died of cancer at the age of 72.
His terminal illness was revealed in September, when the Royal Shakespeare company announced that its artistic director, Sher’s husband Gregory Doran, would be taking compassionate leave to care for him.
Antony Sher, celebrated actor on stage and screen, dies aged 72
The double Olivier Award-winning actor, best known for his work performing Shakespeare, was diagnosed with the terminal illness in September.
A statement from the organisation said he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year.
His husband, Gregory Doran, the RSC’s artistic director, announced in September that he was taking a period of compassionate leave to care for Sir Antony.
South Africa-born Sher was widely considered to be one of Britain’s finest contemporary actors, playing almost all the great Shakespearean roles from King Lear to Shylock.
In 1985, he won an Olivier Award for his energetic portrayal of Richard III as a villainous hunchback, propelling himself around the stage on crutches.
Celebrated stage and screen actor Sir Antony Sher dies
He was in several successful movies, including “Shakespeare In love” and was once described by Prince Charles as his favourite actor.
While at the RSC, Sher met his husband, Gregory Doran, who would become the company’s artistic director.
They were one of the first gay couples to enter a civil partnership in Britain in 2005.
Doran stepped back from his role in September to care for his husband after his condition was diagnosed as terminal.
RSC executive director Catherine Mallyon and Erica Whyman, acting artistic director, said they were “deeply saddened” at Sher’s death.
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