John Barton, 1928 – 2018

John Barton directing RII in 1973

John Barton directing Richard II in 1973.

Kingston Shakespeare Seminar mourns John Barton, co-founder with Peter Hall of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and an inspiration to all at the Rose. John was given a standing ovation when he attended Trevor Nunn’s 2015 Rose production of The Wars of the Roses: the adaptation of Shakespeare’s first history cycle which he created with Peter at Stratford in 1963. Last year Kingston Shakespeare was honoured to be asked to present him with the lifetime achievement award of the British Shakespeare Association. The actor Andrew Jarvis received the award on his behalf, and spoke movingly about John Barton during the ceremony at the Rose on April 27:

Here you can find images of John Barton receiving his award. On hearing of the passing of this giant, Andrew Jarvis was reminded of the great line in Antony and Cleopatra:

The breaking of so great a thing should make a greater crack.

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