The Society was saddened to hear of the death of John Stuart in late August, 2017.

John became a member of the former Exeter Amateur Operatic Society in 1975, when he appeared as a member of the chorus in The Yeoman of the Guard. His fine tenor voice and natural acting ability soon found him taking lead parts, his first as Njegus in The Merry Widow in 1976.

During the 1970s and 1980s, John was a regular cast member, with appearances such as Antonin Dvorak in the 1981 production of Summer Song; Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (1983); Mr Chitterlow in Half a Sixpence (1985); Ali Ben Ali in The Desert Song (1987) and Nazir in Kismet (1990). Following his portrayal of Gregory in Tom Jones (1991), John’s final appearance was as Count Danilo in the 1992 production of The Merry Widow.