Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to Belfast actor and playwright Sam McCready following death

Sam McCready
Sam McCready
Sam's wife Joan

Belfast-born actor, theatre director and playwright Sam McCready has died.

One of the mainstays of the Ulster theatre, Sam divided his time between Belfast and Baltimore, USA where he passed away on Monday morning.

The playwright, born to parents David and Sarah McCready in 1936 and was one of 13 children.

He was married to wife Joan Carslake McCready, whom he met in 1958 while studying at at Stranmillis College.

He directed Joan in a dramatic staging of Helen Lewis’ biography A Time to Speak, and he himself acted on the Lyric stage in April 2018 in his own adaptation of No Surrender, based on the memoir of a Belfast childhood by Robert Harbinson.

Sam took a break from directing last year after he was advised by doctors to rest following a lung condition diagnosis.

The Lyric Theatre, of which Sam was a founding member, paid tribute on Twitter.

"It is with great sadness that the Lyric Theatre has heard of the passing of Sam McCready. We at the Lyric send our condolences to his family and look back with fondness on his kind words he offered for our anniversary."

The Lyric will be leading tributes to the playwright after performances of Sweeney Todd and Ruby tomorrow.

The University of Maryland - Baltimore County, where Sam taught for many years, called the Belfast man "an extraordinary mentor, teacher, actor, director, and friend to generations of students and to so many people in the UMBC community".

DUP leader Arlene Foster paid tribute to the Renaissance man on Twitter, writing: "He will be missed be the many who enjoyed his performances, paintings and writings here in NI."

Belfast Telegraph Digital


From Belfast Telegraph