Tributes paid to theatre’s popular former artistic director

Patrick Garland
Patrick Garland
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FOND tributes have been paid to one of the most important and popular artistic directors in Chichester Festival Theatre’s 51-year history.

Patrick Garland, who died aged 78, was artistic director at the CFT from 1981 to 1984.

He then returned for a second stint from 1991 to 1994.

Mr Garland, who is survived by his wife the actress Alexandra Bastedo, lived for many years at Almodington, near Chichester, where Alexandra ran an animal sanctuary.

Duncan Weldon, who succeeded Mr Garland at the Festival Theatre, paid tribute to the director, who he considered a good friend.

He said: ‘He was a very highly-literate man. He belonged to that set of people like Alan Bennett and David Frost.

‘He was also a very good director. He was a very understanding director.

‘He was a quiet, gracious, unassuming man.’