Australian Theatre scene loses one of its greats: Actor Don Reid has passed away

Don Reid
Don Reid

Australian actor and playwright Don Reid passed away yesterday, leaving the arts community in shock.

It is understood that Reid, a founding member of the Ensemble Theatre (Australia’s longest, continuously running professional theatre company) passed away around 5pm on Tuesday 9 April after sustaining a fall.

Don, and his partner, actress Fiona Press were scheduled to meet with Marika Aubrey this afternoon for inclusion in her April ‘How We Do What We Do‘ feature series this month.

Having worked extensively in television (from Skippy to All Saints), film (from Phar Lap to Moulin Rouge) and in both theatre and radio, Reid’s incredibly varied career was an inspiration to Aubrey.

The AussieTheatre team are deeply saddened by this news and offer our condolences to Reid’s family and friends at this sad time.

A tribute to Don, written by Tim Stackpool, has been published on AussieTheatre here.

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

One thought on “Australian Theatre scene loses one of its greats: Actor Don Reid has passed away

  • What sad news. I had the great joy of working with him last year. A true gentleman and a wonderful actor.


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