Christopher Newton Death – Cause of Death: Former artistic director at the Shaw Festival, Christopher Newton has passed away.
According to an online obituary, former artistic director at the Shaw Festival, Christopher Newton has died aged 85. Mr. Newton served as the Shaw Festival’s artistic director from 1979 until 2002.
On Monday, the Shaw Festival announced Newton’s death via a social media post. “It is with heavy hearts that we share Christopher Newton, former artistic director at the Shaw Festival, has passed away at the age of 85,” the post read.
Mr. Newton made a momentous impact and life-long contributions to the Canadian theatre landscape and performing arts. He directed many of the Festival’s major works during his 23 seasons.
“It is no exaggeration to say that, without Christopher Newton, there would be no Shaw Festival today,” said Artistic Director Tim Carroll. “He set a very high standard in everything he did, and long after his retirement as artistic director in 2002, he continued to be a passionate supporter of the Festival and the arts. He was an inspiring mentor to young artists and an unfailingly generous source of advice and encouragement to me. I will miss him.”