Antony Sher dies

Sir Antony Sher, perhaps the finest actor of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced today.

He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year and his husband Gregory Doran, the RSC’s artistic director, had taken leave from the company to care for him.

Long associated with the RSC, of which he had been an honorary associate artist, his last production was last year in the two-hander Kunene and the King, written by fellow South African John Kano

But he will be best remembered for his Shakespearean roles as King Lear, Falstaff and his career-defining “bottled spider” Richard III which won him an Olivier Award. His was also an accomplished painter and writer with four novels to his name.

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