Solihull Arts Complex

Malcolm Stent

Malcolm Stent
posted 14 Mar 2024

The team at Solihull’s Core Theatre are saddened to hear of the death of their favourite writer and performer Malcolm Stent, whose close relationship with the venue goes back decades.

Malcolm wrote, performed, and directed pantomimes at Solihull’s Theatre for some 27 years, becoming a panto institution with his gentle brand of humour mixed with local knowledge that delighted audiences and critics alike. He loved to hear how those who attended as a child returned with their own families. Audiences enjoyed his intimate knowledge of their own locality borne out of the thousands of school and church fund-raisers he performed over the decades. 

He was awarded the British Empire Medal in The Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours List in recognition of his services to pantomime, entertainment and charity. 2017 was Malcolm’s last pantomime at the Core Theatre, but he continued to perform at the venue to his loyal audience with his popular Malc in the Afternoon show.

He was considered a friend to audiences and staff and volunteers alike.  Solihull’s Theatre Manager Lawrence Smith, who worked with Malcolm for 25 years commented:

“Malcolm Stent has been a friend and supporter of Solihull’s Theatre since the late 1970s premiering all his shows here as well as writing and performing his successful and long-running Solihull pantomime for over 27 years, during which he championed Midland’s talent.” “His skills and performances are woven into the history of this venue and we are truly saddened he is gone”.  

“We’ll miss his warmth, talent, friendship and support of all we’ve achieved at this venue over the decades and offer our sincere condolences to his family.”