The Criterion Theatre

Terri Egginton: Sad News of the Death of a Criterion Stalwart (click here for tribute and funeral arrangements)

5th March


It was with great sadness that we received the news last week of the death of Terri Egginton. 

Terri had been an active company member of the Criterion in the 80s and 90s and was involved in a total of 43  productions working both as an actor and in many different backstage and front of house roles. Her final appearance on the Criterion stage was as Miss Marple in 'A Murder is Announced'. She was a generous benefactor of the theatre and also served the theatre loyally for several years by taking responsibility for Front of House arrangements as Theatre Manager. 

Terri left Coventry in 1996 to live in Arnside, on the edge of Morecambe Bay, where she embraced village life, her Bridge Club, her love of walking the Cumbrian Fells and her love of the sea, even memorably crewing a tall ship – not a feat for the faint-hearted. She kept in touch with her Criterion friends, many of whom frequently came to stay, and was a great support for them and for her fellow Criterion expats. She will be much missed, particularly by her partner John Sugden to whom we send our deepest condolences.

Liz Thompson has fond memories of Terri’s time at the Criterion and adds this tribute: 

“I've been remembering the days when a number of us rather strong minded and sometimes stroppy females spent long hours at the Cri doing anything and everything that needed to be done for a production whether backstage or front of house, when everything was old and grubby and finances were often dire, but there was a lot of fun and a spirit of togetherness. Terri was a great strength in any team and totally reliable. She was a latecomer to acting and eventually quite relished being on stage.  Not days of wine and roses, more like plonk and ciggies.

Saddened to learn that another old friend has gone to the great theatre in the sky.”


Terri's funeral will be held on Thursday 15th March at 9.30a.m. in Beetham Crematorium Chapel, Cumbria LA7 7BQ. 

The Chapel can be accessed by taking a left turning off the A6 before reaching the village of Milnthorpe.

For further information please contact Fishwicks Funeral Directors of Beetham.