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John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel 

We are all shocked and saddened to hear of the death of John Shrapnel at the age of only 77. He and I first met at the Bristol Old Vic in 1979 when we played together in Adrian Noble’s production of Timon of Athens (John as Timon); and it was probably because of the friendship we established then that he agreed to return to Bristol to play a commanding Lear for us at the Tobacco Factory in 2012. That performance was recorded at length in Jonathan Croall’s book, Performing King Lear: Gielgud to Russell Beale (Bloomsbury 2015), as well as garnering deservedly glowing reviews in the local and national press.

John was to remain an actively supportive friend of the company, and we shall miss him deeply.

Andrew Hilton (stf Founder)

Photo: John Shrapnel as Lear, Christopher Bianchi as Lear’s Fool (Credit: Graham Burke)