VIDEO: Stars pay tribute to Patrick Garland at Chichester Cathedral

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A host of stars from stage and screen gathered at Chichester Cathedal for a service of thanksgiving for the life of theatrical great Patrick Garland.

Mr Garland, who died at the age of 78, was one of the most important and popular artistic directors in Chichester Festival Theatre’s 51-year history, first from 1981-1984 before returning for a second stint from 1991 to 1994.

Actress Penelope Keith attends the memorial service to Patrick Garland at Chichester Cathedral

Actress Penelope Keith attends the memorial service to Patrick Garland at Chichester Cathedral

Many famous names from British theatre gathered on Monday, September 16, to pay personal tribute to the actor, producer, director, writer, anthologist and poet.

The memorial was organised by the actor Simon Callow, perhaps best known for his portrayals of Charles Dickens and his film role in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The service included readings by the playwright and actor Alan Bennett, Dame Eileen Atkins, currently starring on TV in Doc Martin, the actress Patricia Routledge, Mr Callow himself, and Mr Garland’s widow, Alexandra Bastedo.

The roll call of famous names present included Sir Donald Sinden, CBE, representing the Prince of Wales, Penelope Keith, Peter Egan, Susan Jameson, Kate O’Mara, Sarah Badel, Michelle Dotrice, Susan Hampshire, Virginia McKenna, Simon Williams, Keith Michell, and the Duke and Duchess of Richmond.

Patrick Garland

Patrick Garland

The service was conducted by the Dean of Chichester, the Very Rev Nicholas Frayling,

Mr Garland and his wife lived for many years at Almodington, near Chichester, where Alexandra ran an animal sanctuary. The couple moved to West Chiltington, where the animal sanctuary continues.

Don’t miss the Chichester Observer series on Thursday for a full report and pictures.