Actors’ lasting tribute to ‘mainstay’ of theatre

Colin McIntyre
Colin McIntyre

Actors and theatre friends gathered at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate to honour the memory of an influential figure.

Thespians who had worked with inspirational producer Colin McIntyre presented a framed photograph of him to the theatre.

Making the presentation in the final week of the Pomegranate’s annual rep season, Tabs Productions director Karen Henson described Colin as ‘a mainstay’ of the theatre.

The event was attended by around 30 guests, including members of Chesterfield Theatre Friends who have raised over £30,000 for the Pomegranate, and Cllr Nick Stringer, executive member for Leisure Culture and Tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council.

Colin, who died last Spring, had links with Chesterfield stretching back more than half a century.

He was appointed stage manager/associate producer in 1959 and then artistic director of the Civic Theatre wich was the forerunner of the Pomegranate.

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

* Funny Money, the last show in the rep season, ends its run on Saturday, March 10.