Stafford pays tribute to Robert Hardy

Steve Orme

Theatre bosses have paid tribute to Robert Hardy who performed in the first Stafford Festival Shakespeare production and who has died aged 91.

The actor played Chorus in Henry V at Stafford Castle in 1991. Stafford Gatehouse Theatre artistic programme manager and Stafford Festival Shakespeare producer Derrick Gask said, “of the many, many great actors to have graced the Stafford Festival Shakespeare stage, I can think of very few who are remembered as fondly as Robert Hardy.

“His performance as Chorus in Henry V helped to raise the festival’s profile enormously and set it on the road to becoming one of the premiere outdoor Shakespeare festivals in Europe.

“On behalf of everyone at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and Stafford Festival Shakespeare, I’d like to pay tribute to a fine actor and a wonderful man. We owe Robert a huge debt of gratitude and he’ll be sorely missed.”