Passing of a theatre great

As the lead in a record 2000-plus performances in the Australian production of the Phantom of the Opera, Rob Guest was well known by many theatre goers.

The theatre world was saddened by Wednesday’s news that one of their favourites had collapsed and died after suffering a stroke. Starring as the Wizard in the Melbourne run of Wicked, Guest’s death comes as a shock as he was known to lead a relatively healthy life.

English-born Guest started his career as a pop singer in New Zealand in the 1970s and stared in television before moving to Las Vegas. Awarded an OBE in 1984, the Australian theatre scene beckoned with his first role as Jean Valijean in les Miserables. With more than 35 leading roles to his credit, Robert Guest will be a great loss to the world of theatre and its fans.

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