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Patrick Garland, Theatre Producer and Director, Dies Age 78 (posted 23 April 2013)

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Patrick Garland, theatre producer and director, dies aged 78...

Picture: Patrick Garland
Patrick Garland

One of British theatre's most distinguished producers and directors, Patrick Garland, has died at the age of 78.  In 1980 Patrick married actress Alexandra Bastedo in Chichester Cathedral.

Garland was artistic director of Chichester Festival theatre twice and during his time at Chichester, he raised money to build and open the theatre's second space, The Minerva Theatre, from where many productions have transferred to London.

After beginning his career as an actor Garland joined the BBC, where he directed programmes for Huw Wheldon on the arts programme Monitor, working alongside Melvyn Bragg and Ken Russell.

He founded the Poetry International foundation with Ted Hughes and wrote several distinguished books of poetry himself.  He was the only director to have four plays running in the West End of London at the same time.

A private funeral service will be held with a memorial service at a later date.

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