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Director and writer celebrated for his work at Chichester Festival theatre and the BBC
The career of Patrick Garland, who has died aged 78, was as varied as it was productive. An actor, producer, director, writer and anthologist, he was a leading light of the BBC TV arts department for 12 years, twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival theatre and a close friend and associate of Alan Bennett, Rex Harrison, Eileen Atkins and Simon Callow.
Although he harboured ambitions in feature films, and directed a 1971 television adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (starring Richard Harris and an Emmy award-winning Jenny Agutter), as well as a creditable 1973 movie of Ibsen's A Doll's House (with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins), his life developed in the theatre. Much of his work was informed by his love of literature, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin and John Clare. In »
- Michael Coveney
Judges reward 'surprising, hilarious and wise' follow-up to British actor's first autobiography Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins
The memoir, which takes its title from Noël Coward's last poem, picks up the actor's story in the last decade with a generous helping of Proustian flashbacks en route. It's Everett's second memoir, following his 2006 publication Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, which detailed his rise to fame after starring in the film of Julian Mitchell's boarding school-set drama Another Country, at 25.
Published in September, Vanished Years was widely and lavishly praised in reviews, with the Guardian critic Talitha Stevenson describing it as "a tragical comical, »
- Matt Trueman
2 items from 2013
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