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Former Royal Court artistic director William Gaskill dies

Director William Gaskill, a champion of new writing who held leading positions with the Royal Court and National Theatre, has died at the age of 85.

More familiarly known as Bill, Gaskill’s seven-year tenure as artistic director of the Royal Court in London from 1965 was marked by his support for a generation of new writers, including Edward Bond, whose Saved he directed in 1965 to considerable controversy.

He also served as an associate director of the National Theatre alongside Laurence Olivier and in 1974 co-founded Joint Stock Theatre Company with fellow director Max Stafford-Clark.

Gaskill was also noted for his productions of Brecht and Restoration comedy.

A full obituary will appear in a future issue of The Stage.