Friday, September 30

RIP Ann Emery

West End veteran Ann Emery passed away yesterday (29th September 2016) aged eighty-six.
Her numerous theatre credits included 'Mother Dear' in Betty Blue Eyes, 'Mrs. Hopkins' in My Fair Lady, 'Hortense' in Martin Guerre, Hard Times (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Cats (New London Theatre) and Babes In The Wood (King's Theatre, Hammersmith).
She famously originated the role of Grandma in the West End production of Billy Elliot in 2005, and remained  with the show until 2014 when she had to leave citing  back problems.

Stephen Daldry, who directed Billy Elliot, has released the following statement:

Ann Emery has been at the heart of the Billy Elliot family for over a decade. She created the role of Grandma over 11 years ago, and has been central to the lives of hundreds of children who performed with her.

Her zest for life, professional experience and care for the often very young performers who she worked with was truly exceptional. She will be have a special place in all our hearts as an ‘old pro’, who never seemed old and never took the profession for granted.

She was herself a child of the theatre, whose enthusiasm and joy was always apparent. Her first appearance at the Victoria palace was in the Crazy Gang in the 1930’s. It was also where she gave her last much celebrated performance in Billy Elliot.

She will be remembered fondly, and today deeply missed. What a treat it was to have known her.

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