The Donmar Warehouse has announced with profound sadness that actor Alex Beckett has passed away aged 35.
Beckett was starring in the Donmar’s production of The Way Of The World at the time of his death. In a jointly-issued statement by Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham, the Donmar announced: “We are deeply shocked by the tragic loss of our dear friend and brilliant actor Alex Beckett, a much-loved member of The Way Of The World company. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this incredibly sad time.
“Everyone at the Donmar and The Way Of The World company are completely devastated by this terribly sad news. We have taken the decision to cancel the remaining performances this week, as a mark of respect to Alex, and to give some time to the company, who all loved Alex as a fellow actor, and a friend.”
Gavin Denton-Jones, Alex Beckett’s acting agent, said, “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Alex – a wonderful man and a hugely talented actor. Our thoughts are with his family and we kindly ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
— Donmar Warehouse (@DonmarWarehouse) April 12, 2018
Beckett’s previous credits include BBC TV comedy series W1A, and Headlong theatre company’s Pygmalion.
As a mark of respect to Beckett, the Donmar has cancelled this week’s remaining performances of The Way Of The World. The move also gives some time to the production’s company, who all loved Alex as a fellow actor, and a friend.