Legendary Sir Donald Sinden passes away aged 90
We were very saddened at the news last week that Sir Donald Sinden has passed away. We were very lucky to work with Donald and his son Marc on Sky Arts documentary series ?Great West End Theatres?. Sir Donald presented the series and his passion for the theatre was evident as he shared some of his unique memories of London?s most iconic theatres with the audience whilst investigating the venues? history. We cannot think of anyone better to have presented the series.
An abbreviated version of the BBC?s obituary for Sir Donald Sinden:
Renowned for his rich, booming voice and commanding presence, Sir Donald Sinden, who has died aged 90 after a long illness, was a star of stage, television and radio for seven decades.
Equally at home in Shakespearean parts as he was on the large and small screen, he was perhaps best known for his roles in such TV sitcoms as Two’s Company and Never The Twain.
Yet theatre remained his first love and from the 1960s onwards he would be seen more often on stage, primarily with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
“Actors ought to be larger than life,” Sir Donald told the Observer in 1989. “An actor who knows his business ought to be able to make the London telephone directory sound enthralling.
“When I meet people they say, ‘I thought you put that voice on for TV,'” he said on another occasion. “But you can’t put on a voice like this – you’re just lumbered with it.