Sir John Gielgud

Died May 21, 2000

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Monday, 22 May, 2000, 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK

Theatres go dark for Gielgud

Peaceful exit from the stage: Sir John Gielgud

Theatre audiences across London's West End are remembering acting legend Sir John Gielgud, who has died aged 96.

One of the greatest performers of his generation, he died on Sunday at his home near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

He was the last of a generation of classical actors, including Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Peggy Ashcroft, who dominated British theatre from the 1930s to the 1970s.

At the theatre named after him on Shaftesbury Avenue, the lights will be turned out for three minutes on Monday evening as a mark of respect.

Each of the other 12 theatres in Lord Lloyd-Webber's Really Useful Group will also dim their lights in a "blackout".

Sir John continued working until a month ago, but had taken a break from working because of his failing health.

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