Charles: Sir Antony Sher was ‘a giant of the stage at the height of his genius’

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The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to Sir Antony Sher as “a giant of the stage at the height of his brilliance” following the actor’s death at the age of 72.

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The Olivier Award-winning actor and director was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year, and his death was announced on Friday by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

In a statement to the PA news agency, Charles said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of Sir Antony’s passing.

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My heart goes out to Greg Doran and everyone at RSC. I know, who will feel the deepest sorrow at the passing of a great man and an irreplaceable genius

Rajkumar said, “As President of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), I have had the great pleasure and privilege of knowing him for many years, and greatly admired him for the consummate skill and passion he brought to each role, ” Said the prince.

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“His most treasured memory was as Falstaff in Greg Doran’s brilliant production. I feel especially blessed to have known him, but we have all lost a giant of the stage at the height of his brilliance.”

Charles offered his sympathy to Sir Antony’s husband, RSC’s artistic director, Gregory Doran, saying: “My heart goes out to Greg Doran and everyone at the RSC who, I know, is deeply saddened by the passing of a great Will feel. man and an irreplaceable talent. ”

Dame Judi Dench previously described Sir Antony, with whom she starred in the 1997 film Mrs Brown, as an “outstanding” actor who performed with “incredible intensity”.

Dame Judi Dench said Sir Antony was an ‘outstanding’ and ‘remarkable’ actor (Ian West/PA) , PA Wire

The 86-year-old described his performance as former prime minister Benjamin Disraeli as “fantastic”.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, she said: “He can completely immerse himself in a character and make it completely remarkable, but not necessarily on his own terms.

“He was fantastic. He used to be completely engrossed whenever he was working in that part and that character.

“He was one of those remarkable actors who retained that incredible intensity to the time he was on stage.”

Brian Blessed, who performed with Sir Antony at Richard III at Stratford-upon-Avon, told the programme: “He completely revolutionized Richard III. Amazing imagery, amazing vocal power. He set like a great bottlenose spider.” kept spinning around. He would scare the audience in the first few lines.”

Blessed said it was “mind-blowing” to be on stage with Sir Antony and added: “It was from another century. It was from another galaxy.”

Sir Antony Sher (left) and Greg Doran tied the knot as soon as they were legally able to do so in Britain (Michael Stephens/PA) , PA Archive

The National Theater posted a statement from director Rufus Norris on Twitter, saying: “With the tragic passing of Antony Sher, one of the great titans has left us.

“His contribution and example to our theater world was exemplary, and his place within the ranks of national theater actors could not be higher.”

Mr Doran announced in September that he was taking a period of compassionate leave to care for Sir Antony.

The South African-born actor tied the knot with Doran on 21 December 2005, the first day same-sex couples could legally form a civil partnership in the UK.

Sir Antony starred in several RSC productions, including a role in King Lear in 2016 as well as Falstaff in the Henry IV plays and Willie Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

He was the Prince of Wales’ favorite actor – a fact the royal revealed during his 2017 Commonwealth tour.

Earlier historical performances included Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Iago in Othello, Prospero in The Tempest and title roles in Macbeth and Tambourine the Great, as well as his career-defining Richard III.

He moved to Britain in the late 1960s to study drama and joined the RSC in 1982. His breakthrough role came two years later in Richard III, a part that earned him a Best Actor accolade at the Olivier Theater Awards.

His theatrical skills were not limited to the West End, and his adaptation of If This Is a Man by Primo Levi went on to play on Broadway in a one-man show called Primo.

Off stage he played roles in films including Shakespeare in Love and Mrs Brown, and in 2004 played Adolf Hitler in Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

His final production with RSC was Kanye’s Kunen and the King, in which he starred alongside Kanye as Jack, an actor acclaimed for his roles in Shakespeare, who was diagnosed with liver cancer.

RSC Executive Director Kathryn Malyon and Acting Artistic Director Erica Whyman said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by this news, and our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Greg, and Antony’s family and their friends at this devastating time.

“Antony had a long association with RSC and had a stellar career on stage and screen.

The RSC said Doran will be on compassionate leave and is expected to return to work in 2022.

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