RIP Brucie

It is a sad day for show-business following the death of Bruce Forsyth at the age of 89. The theatre’s John Bultitude pays tribute to an entertainment icon

The cover from the programme from Bruce’s tour. Credit Jamie Wilson Productions

A light has gone out in the world of show-business following the sad death of Bruce Forsyth. A true showman and consummate entertainer, Bruce was held in deep affection by generations who loved his ready wit, sparkling repartee and versatility as a performer.

He made one of his final live on-stage appearances here in Norwich in May 2015 and delighted a sold-out audience. Despite a career which has taken him to venues the length and breadth of the land, it was his very first appearance at the Theatre Royal and he joked about how audience-members would be heading along on their tractors to see him.

The smiles on the faces of his Norwich audience that evening said it all. Bruce was very definitely an entertainer in a million and leaves a legacy of laughter and happiness with many.