Obituary

 

 

The death of Alan Schneider, In London, from injuries received in a road accident, will have shocked and saddened all his friends, and all those who worked with him in the theatre over the last thirty years. Alan brought a most exact and exacting imagination to the many productions with which he was concerned, and especially to the succession of Beckett premieres which established him as one of the great directors of his time. He was the most energetic of men, tireless in pursuit of a more complete or more compelling performance, and never happier than when confronted by problems that would have defeated someone less gifted, less committed, and less professional. He taught by example, and set standards that leave a whole generation of theatergoers in debt to him. The lives of those who knew him well will always be the poorer for his passing. This issue of the Journal of Beckett Studies is dedicated to the memory of the late Alan Schneider.