Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

RSC Man's Act of Homage to Family

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

RSC Man's Act of Homage to Family

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

Treading the boards of a Tyneside theatre meant more than it ever had before for one actor this week.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Barnaby Kay took his first steps inside Newcastle's People's Theatre ( and immediately felt he knew the place.

It is hardly surprising, as for decades his grandfather Arthur Kay was one of the leading lights at the venue, becoming chairman there until his death in 1970.

But until this week, Barnaby had never been inside the building. He is appearing as Orsino in Twelfth Night at the city's Theatre Royal from tonight, but took time out of rehearsals to make a visit to the People's, where the RSC is also performing as part of its Newcastle season.

"I feel very comfortable here," said Barnaby, 36, as he wandered around the theatre. "And it is quite emotional. I have heard so much about the place through the years, I really don't know why I haven't been before."

Arthur Kay, who has a plaque dedicated to him at the People's, died when Barnaby was one. …

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