Actress, director and writer Josephine Melville has died backstage after appearing in a production of Nine Night in Nottingham.
Nottingham Playhouse said she was treated by a medically qualified audience member but died at the scene.
In a statement the venue said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that last night the actor Josephine Melville, passed away backstage at Nottingham Playhouse following the performance of the play Nine Night, in which she was performing. (…) On a deeply tragic and extremely difficult evening we want to pay tribute to the company of Nine Night and to the whole Nottingham Playhouse team who managed the situation with empathy and professionalism.”
Josephine Melville was Born in Essex, her acting credits included parts in EastEnders, The Bill and Casualty along with several theater roles.