Hampstead Theatre pays tribute to ‘fierce determination’ of Howard Davies

Howard Davies Picture: PA/Ian West

Howard Davies Picture: PA/Ian West - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Hampstead Theatre chiefs have paid tribute to a director of “huge skill” following his death at the age of 71.

Howard Davies, who directed the premiere of English Civil War play 55 Days at Hampstead Theatre in 2012, died on Tuesday after a short fight with cancer.

Hampstead Theatre’s artistic director Edward Hall and executive producer Greg Ripley-Duggan said the world of theatre had suffered a “huge loss” with Mr Davies’ passing.

“Hampstead was lucky enough to collaborate with Howard over the last few years on several extraordinary productions and we will feel his absence keenly,” they said in a joint-statement.

“A man of huge skill, fierce determination and quiet modesty who changed the face of British Theatre.”

They added: “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Mr Davies was due to direct Wild Honey at the theatre in December, but in his absence it will be presented in “respectful memory” of the director.