Tributes to Sheffield opera legend

Adrian Ollerearnshaw
Adrian Ollerearnshaw
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Theatre-goers and amateur dramatics fans will pay tribute to a life-long star of the Sheffield opera scene at his funeral tomorrow.

Adrian Ollerearnshaw had starred in 66 consecutive opera productions in the city since 1947 – missing just one, earlier this year, due to ill health.

The 88-year-old, from Rural Lane, Wadsley, was a member of Grenoside And Birley Carr Players.

He died last month and his funeral will be held at Grenoside Methodist Church at noon tomorrow.

The amateur actor was also a former teacher at Colley School in Parson Cross.

Fellow dramatist Elizabeth Kirkby said: “He was a real character and he never missed an opera in 66 years until this year, The Yeoman Of The Guard.

“He played all of the ‘patter’ roles in Gilbert & Sullivan and he was also a brilliant wood and metal worker – that’s what he taught at school.”

Stephen Andrews, from the Players, said: “I would like to record my personal thanks to Adrian for the many inventive and skilfully constructed stage properties that have graced my productions since my first, The Pirates Of Penzance, in 2007.

“Adrian’s remarkable technical skills, exercised in his home workshop, have served this society over a long lifetime of total commitment which has spanned decades of principal performance, set-building and ingenious props-making.”