Tributes have been paid to former chairman of Chester Theatre Club, Bill Smith, who died suddenly on Friday, April 10.
One of Bill’s first plays with the club was Macbeth, performed in Chester Cathedral Refectory.
On stage at the Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, he will be remembered for a wide range of roles, from Joe Keller in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, to David Bliss in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever.
He won the Cheshire Theatre Guild Award for Best Actor in CTC’s production of The Weekend.
Off stage he was a great supporter and representative of the club, particularly during his years as chairman.
In later years he continued to take a great interest in the Little Theatre as a member and vice president, attending all the plays up to the latest production in March of Entertaining Angels.
Bill was also actively involved in the Chester Mystery Plays.
A statement from members of the Chester Theatre Club reads: “Bill was always a lively, cheerful and generous member of the Little Theatre.
“He will be greatly missed by the members and audiences. We send our condolences and sympathy to his wife, Peg Smith, his family and friends.