Saturday 24 March 2018

Michael takes centre stage at Gate night in his honour

'I don't believe that name will last," joked Michael Colgan as he paid tribute to his new grandson Theo, at an intimate reception to toast his 30 years of service at The Gate Theatre this week.

Atop a velvet stool, with his close friends gathered around him, Michael thanked those who helped continue the success of The Gate over its 85-year history and shed some light on his highlights since taking on the role of artistic director in 1983.

An intimate yet entertaining evening, ahead of an equally entertaining opening night performance of Pride & Prejudice, invited guests nibbled on trays of assorted canapés doing the rounds – the duck pancakes were particularly good – as they helped the father of three mark the occasion, and marvel at the fresh surroundings of the venue.

Michael celebrated his lengthy dedication to the Dublin theatre with the unveiling of the building's redecorated foyer, a speech,

and the raising of a champagne flute.

"What better way to mark my anniversary here than by buying my mistress a new frock? I decided there wasn't one," said Michael, referring to his workplace, which he told The Diary shares his heart with his family.

It was all air kisses as Michael stood in his usual spot at the top of the stairs where he does the greeting. Alison Doody arrived nice and early, as did Mary Finan; while businessman Robbie Fox made a relatively late entrance, with daughters Megan and Lorna in tow.

– LB

Irish Independent

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