John Barton

John Barton, from his series Playing Shakespeare

It has just been announced that this morning, 18 January 2018, John Barton died. The Royal Shakespeare Company, that owed him so much, has published a wonderful tribute written by their Artistic Director Gregory Doran. John Barton’s name is nothing like so well-known as some of his fellow-directors so I encourage anyone who wants to know more to read it in full, and to enjoy the gallery of photographs. Even though Barton had reached the great age of 89, Shakespeare-lovers from around the world, but especially those who have followed the RSC over the years, will be greatly saddened by his loss.

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