RICHARD PASCO CBE (1926-2014)

Richard Pasco CBE: Distinguished stage actor who became a Vice-President of The J.B. Priestley Society / by Michael Nelson.

Richard Pasco, the stage, film and television actor, has died at the age of 88.  He and his wife, the actress Barbara Leigh-Hunt, became Vice-Presidents of The J.B. Priestley Society following its foundation in 1997 and were a most welcome presence at a number of Society and other Priestley events over the years.  As examples, in 2001 they gave a memorable reading of The Linden Tree at the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Priestley Season and in recent years they have delighted members of The Society with appearances at the Annual General Meetings held in Stratford-upon-Avon.  They also appeared together at the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Richard Pasco had a distinguished career in the theatre as a member of The Bristol Old Vic Company, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre, where, in 1992, he played Arthur Birling in the Theatre’s ground-breaking and hugely successful production of An Inspector Calls.  In the same production Barbara Leigh-Hunt played Sybil Birling.

Richard Pasco also appeared in a number of television drama series and in the cinema his roles included parts in Room At The Top and Mrs Brown.

The J.B. Priestley Society sends its sincere condolences to Barbara Leigh-Hunt on her sad loss.

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