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Catholic actor Frank Finlay has died

Frank  Finlay OBE

Tributes have been pouring in to the distinguished Catholic actor Frank Finlay, who has died aged 89.

Finlay, who starred in a wide range of productions on stage and screen with many of the leading actors of his generation - among them Sir Laurence Olivier, Oliver Reed, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith has been hailed 'an astonishing actor' with a 'wonderfully fiery presence on stage and s...

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Catholic Association of Performing Arts annual dinner at Allen Hall

l-r: Michael Simpkins, Judge Nicholas Hillard QC, and Michael Slater during the CaAPA celebration

The Catholic Association of Performing Arts held their annual dinner at Allen Hall in Chelsea last Friday evening. Richard O'Callaghan, chairman and Frank Finlay CBE, vice president were among the guests. Also present was Judge Nicholas Hillard QC, and Mgr Vladimir Felzmann Chairman of the CaAPA board of trustees.

After dinner, members processed into the courtyard of Allen Ha...

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Celebrating Sir Alec Guinness

The centenary of the birth of Sir Alec Guinness was celebrated on Friday, 16 October, with a special Mass at Corpus Christi Church in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, followed by 'Two Halves of Guinness' a one-man show performed by Trevor Littledale telling the life story of the great actor. 

For many years Alec Guinness lead the Catholic Stage Guild (now the Catholic Association of Perform...

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Celebrations to mark centenary of birth of Sir Alec Guinness

Sir Alec Guinness

The centenary of the birth of Sir Alec Guinness takes place on 16 October. To celebrate the occasion, a special Mass followed by a theatre performance will take place in Covent Garden, organised by the Catholic Association of Performing Arts.

Fr Alan Robinson, National Chaplain to CAPA  will celebrate the  Mass at 6.30pm in Corpus Christi Church in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.  After...

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London: Catholic actors Christmas celebration at Allen Hall

Janie Dee

Catholic actors from stage and screen gathered at Allen Hall in Chelsea on Friday night for their annual Christmas dinner and party.   At the top table of the Catholic Association of Performing Arts (CaAPA) celebration,  there was the award winning actress Janie Dee, who will be playing next March with Angela Landsbury in Noel Coward's Blyth Spirit in the West End;   Frank Finlay...

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London: evening to remember Blessed John Paul II - actor-poet-playwright

The Catholic Association of Performing Arts will be hosting an evening of readings of work by Blessed John Paul II,  at the Club for Acts & Actors in Covent Garden, central London,  on Tuesday, 29 October. The evening will include excerpts from one of his plays:  'The Jewellers Shop', in remembrance of actor Michael Murray, who staged the work during Pope John ...

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Downton Abbey creator takes leading role

Scene from Downton Abbey

Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has become Vice President of the Catholic Association of Performing Arts. The announcement was made during a special centenary dinner at Alan Hall in Chelsea.

During the evening, Lord Fellowes said that Catholicism would be entering the storyline of his popular ITV series Downton Abbey at some point in the near future. When questioned a...

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Archbishop celebrates centenary Mass for Catholic Association of Performing Arts

L-R Michael Slater, Archbishop Nichols

A Thanksgiving Mass of St Genesius, was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols   at Corpus Christi church, Maiden Lane to mark the centenary of the Catholic Stage Guild (now the Catholic Association of Performing Arts). The  church, in London's Covent Garden, known as the Catholic Actors church has a statue of the actors’ patron saint, Genesius -  a early...

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Bath: reception celebrates Catholics in performing arts

Frank Finlay - current  CSG member

The annual  Bath Catholic University Chaplaincy summer reception was held at the Mansion House, Prior Park College.  Headmaster, Mr James Murphy O'Connor, nephew to the Cardinal, was present, with the headmaster of Downside, Dom Leo Maidlow-Davis, OSB. Retiring Vice Chancellor, Professor Frank Morgan, was thanked by University chaplain Fr Bill McCloughlin OSM, for his great...

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'Stationed' in Covent Garden

Terence Cooling

The Catholic Association of Performing Arts enacted Stationed, written by Terence Cooling and Nicholas Ward, a contemporary meditation on the Stations  of the Cross at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden last night. Cooling says that the young protagonist is not a Christian, yet finds himself renewed by the very essence of Christ's humanity - a humanity common to u...

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London: new play on Edmund Campion

St Edmund Campion

The Catholic Association of Performing Arts, will be performing  a rehearsed reading of a new play about St Edmund Campion at the Club for Acts and Actors, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, on Wednesday 6 October at 8pm.

John Warnaby, who recently played the Home Secretary in Plague over England at the Duchess Theatre in the West End, leads the cast as Edmund Campion, the Elizabethan ...

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Memorial Mass for Danny La Rue, Vince Powell

Annie Gailbraith, Fr Chris Vipers, Geraldine Powell

A Memorial Mass was celebrated yesterday at Corpus Christi Church in Covent Garden,  for three stalwarts of the Catholic theatrical community: female impersonator Danny La Rue,  filmmaker Vince Powell and  actor Alan Martell. Organised by the Catholic Association of Performing Arts, the chief celebrant was Fr Chris Vipers, CAPA National Chaplain. The soloist was An...

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Mass of Thanksgiving for two comedy legends

Danny La Rue

A Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of comedian and singer Danny La Rue, and comedy writer Vincent Powell.  will take place at noon in Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, on Thursday, 29 April. The service  is being organised by the Catholic Association of Performing Arts. Danny La Rue, whose  real name was Daniel Patrick Carroll, died on  31 M...

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Cardinal and comedian guests of honour at actors dinner

 Cardinal with Chaplins Fr  Pat Maloney, Fr Chris Vipers, actors Frank Finlay, Richard O' Callaghan (chairman), Michael Slater

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, and comedian Frank Carson,  were guests of honour at the Catholic Association of Performing Arts, (formerly the Catholic Stage Guild) Christmas dinner at Allen Hall on Saturday. Before dinner a special Mass was concelebrated  by the Cardinal with CaAPA's chaplains Fr Chris  Vipers, Mgr Vlad Feltzman, Fr Pat Maloney, and Fr Denis Tuo...

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