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Jeffery Dench has died at the age of 86

Theatre News March 28th 2014The veteran Shakespeare actor Jeffery Dench has died at the age of 86 following a five-decade career on the stage at Stratford-upon-Avon.

Jeffery Dench was born in Tyldesley, Greater Manchester in 1928 and attended St Peter’s in York, where he started acting with the role of Cleopatra in George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, which began a long and illustrious career in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he will be remembered for his wide range of roles.

His most recent performance was in 2006 in a musical version of Merry Wives, playing Justice Shallow and directed by the RSC’s current artistic director Gregory Doran.

Jeffery Dench leaves three daughters that he had with his first wife Betty, who died in 2002. He married Ann Curtis in 2005, a costume designer for the RSC and longtime family friend.

Thoughts are with Jeffery’s family and friends.

Rest in Peace Jeffery and thank you for all that you have given others.


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