Nottingham Playhouse pays tribute to Colin Tarrant

Monday 30th January 2012

Tragic Death of Colin Tarrant

Everyone at Nottingham Playhouse is shocked and saddened to hear that Colin Tarrant has died at the age of 59.

The actor was most famous for playing Inspector Andrew Monroe in ITV drama The Bill, and in 2005 he made a huge impression on our audiences with his portrayal of Brian Clough in The Spirit of the Man. He subsequently became much loved by our theatre-goers and returned to our stage in 2006 as Davies in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker and again as Brian Clough due to overwhelming public demand.

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse commented:

“He was a talented, kind and empathetic man. I remember him taking great care when recreating Brian Clough to give a performance that would ring true to his friends and family. Colin will be greatly missed.”

Giles Croft, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse commented:

“Colin was a fine actor and a charming man who, over a number of years, was closely associated with Nottingham Playhouse. He was a consummate Brian Clough in The Spirit Of The Man and a shifty and compelling Davies in The Caretaker. He also appeared in or collaborated on a number of other projects during that time. The news of his death was a terrible shock to all of us here and he will be very much missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Andrew Breakwell, Director of The Caretaker, commented:

“Colin was an intelligent, caring actor, utterly dedicated to his art. He brought a rare intelligence, great technical skill and an effervescent imagination to the rehearsal process and his performances. He loved the theatre and shared that passion with those who came to see him both in his work on stage but also in discussions, lectures and workshops.

“He was able to attract audiences to the Playhouse who might not usually have thought there would be anything ‘for them’. His portrayal of Brian Clough in Old Big ‘Ead was just such a performance. I well remember the standing ovations at the end of each show when those dedicated fans showed their appreciation of his efforts in bringing their hero to the stage.

“Whilst he achieved a national profile, he also cared deeply for Shirebrook where he was born and grew up. I also remember him as a much younger actor working for both Shared Experience and particularly Cleveland Theatre Company in a small hall somewhere in North Yorkshire when he was in Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay. For me it was one of the funniest evenings at a play. He brought a deep understanding to the socialist character he was playing whilst playing the irony of the situation they were faced with, to delicious comic effect. Passion, energy, great good humour and sociability made him a joy to be with, he will be greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have known him.”