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Name: Robert David MacDonald
Dates: 1929-2004
Notes: Elgin born polymath, Robert David MacDonald joined the Citizens' in 1972 as resident playwright and dramaturge. Since joining the company, he has written, directed, translated plays, as well as acting in numerous productions. MacDonald is of immense importance in twentieth century Scottish theatre history, as he brought a wider international perspective to dramatic development, no doubt due to his studies with the German expressionist theatre director Erwin Piscator. MacDonald's close association with the German dramatist Rolf Huchhuth, has also underpinned his broad understanding of European theatre. Along with Giles Havergal and Philip Prowse, he is part of one of the most important artistic triumvirates in Europe. Died 20 May 2004 [See: 'Theatre mourns death of director MacDonald', Glasgow Herald, 21 May 2004 and 'Robert David MacDonald', Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2004
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