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Theater Director Patrick Garland Dies, Press Association Reports

Patrick Garland
Patrick Garland by the stage door during a production of "Forty Years On," which he directed, at the Apollo Theatre in London in 1968. Garland passed away recently at the age of 78. Photographer: Allan Warren via Bloomberg

Patrick Garland, the award-winning British theater producer and director, died at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, England, following a long illness, the Press Association reported. He was 78.

Garland was the only director ever to have had four plays running in London’s West End at the same time. He won a Golden Globe for his 1971 film “The Snow Goose,” which was also nominated for a Bafta and an Emmy.

He worked with actors including Rex Harrison in a revival of the musical “My Fair Lady” on Broadway and wrote a best-selling biography about Harrison titled “The Incomparable Rex.” While at the British Broadcasting Corp., Garland worked with Melvyn Bragg and Ken Russell.

Garland, who worked with Ted Hughes in founding Poetry International, was invited to direct the Thanksgiving service for his friend Laurence Olivier at Westminster Cathedral in 1989. He was twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival, during which time he raised money to build The Minerva Theatre.

A private funeral service will be held with a memorial service to follow at Chichester Cathedral, PA reported.

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