Patrick Garland was a Southampton-born actor, writer and director. Born in 1935, he was educated at St Mary’s College in Bitterne, where he became Head Boy, before going to Oxford University. As a young man he was a keen amateur actor with the Southampton Student Players, so it was no surprise when he chose a theatrical career after university. Despite his love of acting he soon gave it up in favour of writing and directing. In the 1960s and 1970s he directed such stars as Sir John Gielgud and Kenneth Moore on stage and Richard Harris and Claire Bloom in films. From 1980 to 1984 he was artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre. In 1989 his first novel, The wings of the Morning, was published. He died in 2013.

Patrick Garland

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Undated photograph.

Further reading:
Southampton People, by John Edgar Mann, p42-43. (HS/t)


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