Sir Antony Sher, Capetonian-born legend and British actor has died of cancer at 72 years old.
The actor was a double Olivier Award winner, best known for his Shakespeare performances. He was also an integral part of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sher was the long-running company’s associate artist, while his husband, Gregory Doran was the company’s artistic director who lovingly took time off to care for Sher after he was diagnosed with the terminal illness in September.
Sher is remembered for his brilliant talent, “vivid and moving performances” and as one of the most respected theatre actors of all time as The Guardian writes.
Sher was born in Cape Town in 1949. In 1968 he left, went to London where he trained at the Webber Douglas Academy. He further went on to take the global stage by storm.
Sher’s death was announced today, December 3. Catherine Mallyon, RSC executive director and Erica Whyman, acting artistic director, expressed that: “We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Greg, and with Antony’s family and their friends at this devastating time. Antony had a long association with the RSC and a hugely celebrated career on stage and screen.”
RSC chair Shriti Vadera said the actor was “beloved” in the organisation “and touched and enriched the lives of so many people” as the BBC writes.
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