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In loving Memory of Mike Taylor

Posted: Thursday 19 July, 2018

The local theatre world of Bath was devastated to learn of the death of Mike Taylor two weeks ago.
Mike was a dear friend and a key player in the early days of Next Stage Theatre Company. An accomplished performer with an impressive range, Mike had the voice and stance to command any stage be it indoors, or out. In Next Stage’s 1995 open-air production of Oh Brave New World I will never forget Mike as Prospero striding across the grounds in flowing costume and pouring rain defying the elements and mesmerising his soaking wet audience. In Private Lives, Mike and Joanna Bowman were a memorable Elliot and Amanda, whilst few who saw him as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands will forget his moving portrayal. A serious classic and Shakespearean actor, Mike nevertheless enjoyed the lighter side of thespian life and with Next Stage he gave a number of performances in our Cabaret shows with singers from Encore.

One of the finest practitioners of his art, Mike will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege to know and work with him and the local Bath theatre scene is diminished with his passing.

On behalf of Next Stage Theatre Company I send condolences to his family, friends and colleagues and can think of no better way of ending this tribute than by quoting the words Mike himself spoke on-stage in Shadow Lands in 1997:

“Believe me this world that seems to us so substantial, is no more than the shadowlands. Real life has not begun yet” (C.S. Lewis, Act 1)

Ann Ellison, Artistic Director, Next Stage Theatre Company.

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