Patrick Stewart Pays Tribute to Theater Director John Barton


Patrick Stewart has paid tribute to late theatre director John Barton following his death on Thursday (18Jan18).

Barton, who co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) with the late Sir Peter Hall in 1960, passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 89, and Stewart, who began his career with RSC, posted a heartfelt tribute to Barton on Twitter.

“It is with great sadness I have heard today of John B’s death,” he tweeted. “But the sadness is overwhelmed by the gratitude, respect and love I had/have for him. No one in my career had the impact that John had and the names William Shakespeare and John Barton will be for me forever united.”

Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall posted, “Such sad news #JohnBarton #PeterHall An end of an era. RIP,” while Poirot actor David Suchet, who joined the RSC in the ’70s, also wrote, “I can’t believe Dear John Barton has died. He had such an influence on me and taught me how to speak and act in Shakespeare’s plays. He was so dear to me and so many others. His legacy is immeasurable.”

Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are among the actors to have worked with him.

Barton’s death comes months after his fellow RSC co-founder Hall died in September (17) at the age of 86.