Sir Antony Sher has died of cancer at the age of 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced.
He was widely regarded as one of the most influential modern actors, with a long relationship with the company.
Their artistic director and Sir Antony’s husband, Gregory Doran, had taken this compassionate leave to take care of him.
The company said it was “deeply saddened” by the news.
RSC chairman Shriti Vadera said the actor was “loved” in the organization. And touched and enriched the lives of many people”.
“Our deepest thoughts and sympathy are with Greg, Sir Antony Sher family. And friends at this difficult time,” added Catherine Malyon, executive director of RSC and Erica Whyman, acting artistic director.
The appearance of Sir Antony Sher film included Shakespeare in Love with Mrs. Brown, and his RSC credits included Richard III and Macbeth. He also appeared in a series of TV shows including The History Man and BBC’s Murphy’s Law.
Prince Charles as his favorite character
Once described by Prince Charles as his favorite character. Sir Antony Sher played many of Shakespearean’s best roles, from King Lear to Shylock.
But it was his exposure to Richard III as a corrupt cripple who won the Olivier Prize in 1985.
Actor John Simm paid tribute to Instagram. Sharing a memorable portrait of Sir Antony as Richard III. While describing him as “one of the greatest stage actors I’ve ever seen.”
Simm described Sir Antony Sher as “a great inspiration, a great talent”.
Screenwriter and producer Russell T Davies. Who created It’s A Sin, commented: “You’re an amazing man,” while the National Theater added: “With the sad passing of Antony Sher, one of the most famous actors has left us.
Writing on Twitter, songwriter Sir Matthew Bourne said: “It’s very sad … My thoughts are with Greg and everyone who loved Sir Antony – a real loss indeed.”
Actor Samuel West said in a Twitter post that many of his plays. “stay with me after decades – Macbeth, Stanley. Arturo Ui, Torch Song Trilogy, Cyrano – and today people remember a lot of others, in all genres and styles. A true artist’s brand”.
Spandeau Ballet singer Gary Kemp said some of his “most powerful theater performances” happened while watching Sir Antony Sher.
Sir Antony, who was raised in South Africa and joined the RSC in 1982. Won the Olivier award in 1985 from Richard III.
As a teenager, she had developed speech skills that helped her to overcome her shyness as a boy.
But he almost gave up his acting career after an early rejection. At the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) in London.
“That was my first time in this country and I took the rejection seriously,” he told The Telegraph in 2018.
“I thought the inspectors knew better, but my mother. Who was a Jewish woman with a desire for prominence. Was completely determined that they were wrong and kept me going. I think I would have quit if it had not been.”
‘I’ve never been to university’
Sir Antony became a respected artist with RSC, based in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickhire.
In 2010, he told the BBC about his first visit there. And described it as one of the highlights of his life.
Five years later, he challenged the idea of Downton Abbey. Composer Julian Fellowes that one needs a university education. To better understand Shakespeare.
“I’m sorry, that’s nonsense,” Sir Antony Sher said in an interview with Sue MacGregor of the BBC.
“I’ve never been to university but my job as a Shakespeare actor. And I’ve done a lot now – is working hard to convey the meaning.”
He added: “It ‘s not the university degree you need. The Shakespearean art, we at RSC work very hard for it.”
Sir Antony Sher was appointed in 2000, and in 2005. Mr Doran, whom he met at RSC, became one of the first gay couples to enter into public relations in the UK.
Actor and playwright John Kani said. “Both Tony and I were born at a time when our country, South Africa, is the worst place to be born. Let alone raised by parents who work hard for their children. for a difficult future – Apartheid South Africa. By the grace of God and my ancestors, like Romeo and Juliet we met in 1973.
“We are both brothers, comrades in the struggle for a better South Africa, as fellow artists … I have peace with you my friend and I. Come out my Lord. Your brother.”