Friday, 25 June 2021

Secretary of the Kenton Theatre dies

THE secretary of the Kenton Theatre in Henley has died.

Georg Briner passed away peacefully at Sobell House, Oxford, on Tuesday night after a long illness.

He was first involved with the Kenton more than 20 years ago, both on and off stage.

Mr Briner’s work as secretary benefited greatly from his professional life as an international legal advisor.

In a statement, Ed Simons, who chairs the theatre’s trustees, and managing director Wendy Bowsher said: “His unfaltering commitment and dedication to see the Kenton succeed and grow resulted in successful projects, including the merging of the Kenton Society with the Kenton Theatre Management Society, the recent governance changes and the purchase of the freehold.

“Whenever Georg and his wife Wendy were in Henley they could be seen volunteering at the Kenton in a variety of roles, including front of house manager, usher and serving behind the bar. Our thoughts are with Wendy and Georg’s family at this sad time.”

From 2005, pictured left-to-right: Henley Rotary Club president Colin Richards, club treasurer David Rusman, Midnight Matinee Committee chairman Tony Lane, committee member David Skittrell, Kenton Theatre Board chairman John Reeves, board member Val Cattlin, theatre fund-raising manager Wendy Bowsher and board secretary Georg Briner.

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