Theatre director Peter Cheeseman, who died on 27 April 2010, aged seventy-eight, spent most of his long illustrious career in North Staffordshire with the Victoria & New Vic Theatres, promoting theatre-in-the-round, and directing so many locally-linked productions, including, of course, a number of dramatisations of works by Arnold Bennett. the ones I personally recall with nostalgia are Jock-on-the-go, The Heroism of Thomas Chadwick, Clayhanger, Anna of the Five Towns, The Old Wives' Tale and The Card. There are tributes to the man and his work in this issue from Vice-President Ray Johnson an dour President Denis Eldin. Other more detailed obituaries appear in The Guardian (Robin Thornber, 29 April), The Sentinel (John Abberley, 10 May), The Independent (Paul Allen, 12 May) and The Daily Telegraph (15 May).
Alan Pedley - Editor