April 25 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Two Norfolk theatres have paid tribute to actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who has died at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer.
Mr Lloyd Pack, who lived in Norfolk, performed at Norwich Theatre Royal a number of times and also visited to watch productions.
He last appeared for the theatre’s Actors Company in June 2009 at The Forum in a rehearsed reading of plays by Harold Pinter to mark Refugee Week. He appeared opposite fellow Norfolk performer Kirsty Bushell and TV and stage actor Jamie Glover.
Mr Lloyd Pack also performed on stage at the theatre most recently in the French play Art opposite Nigel Havers in both May 2000 and February 2003.
The actor was a friend of Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson, who had known him for over 25 years.
Mr Wilson said: “I first met Roger when he created the role of Tim, the put-upon stage manager, in the very first production of Noises Off in the West End in 1983.
“He was an immaculate comedian, a thoughtful and considerate friend, an ambitious actor, and a genuinely intelligent, grounded and unpretentious person.
“I am very sorry to hear of his death. I, along with all of us at the theatre who met him, send our condolences to his family.”
Debbie Thompson, director of Sheringham Little Theatre, also said Mr Lloyd Pack had been “hugely supportive” over the years.
“He helped us in three ways: as a champion of repertory - he was always speaking out nationally about its importance - and he helped us here with fund-raising evenings, reading poetry.
“But most importantly he worked with our young people, coming in to the workshops and directing them, which was really valuable to us, and very inspirational for them. He would often sit in the audience, unobtrusive, but supportive.
“He will be very, very sadly missed by all of us here.”