Tributes to ‘man of the theatre’

Colin McIntyre, the first civic rep artistic director at Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre
Colin McIntyre, the first civic rep artistic director at Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre

Professional actors have been sharing their fond memories of a veteran theatre producer, with long links to Chesterfield, who died this week.

Colin McIntyre died in hospital in London after a short illness, at the age of 83.

His links with the theatrical community in Chesterfield stretch back more than half a century.

Karen Henson, co-founder of Tabs Productions, said: “So many of us Chesterfield gang of actors are only here or met each other or married each other because of Colin. We will miss him.”

George Telfer, who lives in Newbold, said: “Colin’s character and spirit will live in all of us forever. We are very lucky to have known him.

“He was a wonderful director, knew the business inside out and truly was a man of the theatre.

“Colin gave us all an opening into the world of rep gone by: how and when to wear your hat and gloves, how to smoke an untipped cigarette - all the little period details that will fast disappear.

“He was also a wonderful raconteur; you could sit and listen for hours to his stories of his days in rep in the 50s and his days at the very new National Theatre with Larry Olivier and Pat Phoenix.”

Colin’s association with Chesterfield began in 1959 when he was appointed stage manager/associate producer and then artistic director of the town’s Civic Theatre wich was the forerunner of the Pomegranate Theatre.

After working with theatre director Peter Hall in Stratford and as an associate director at the National Theatre, under Sir Lawrence Olivier, Colin returned to Chesterfield as producer of touring plays which the Pomegranate hosted from the Eighties onwards.