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Take a seat, Richard, you've earned it

The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry has honoured the man who was its official photographer for nearly 40 years - by naming a seat after him in its main auditorium.

Dr Richard Sadler, who took production photographs for the theatre from 1958 to 1994, has also been honoured with an ornamental clock face that forms part of a public art piece on display in the theatre foyer.

During his time at the Belgrade, Richard Sadler photographed many famous faces early on in their careers, including David Suchet, Irene Handl, Robert Lindsay, Leslie Grantham and Rosemary Leech. It was part of a distinguished career that saw him capture many aspects of life in Coventry over several decades, from a war-torn Hillfields in the 1950s to working life at Courtaulds factories in the city. He was later a lecturer at Derby University and is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

Now Sadler's Belgrade archive of more than 1200 images is being digitised as part of a special commission carried out by Coventry-based company, Photo Archive Miners, for the theatre's 60th anniversary next year.

Jason Scott Tilley, for the company , said, "It has been a great privilege to search through thousands of photographs of one of the country's most distinguished photographers. Richard is a true craftsman and his sense of theatre shines through in his photography. The archive he has amassed is of great significance not only to the Belgrade, but to Coventry too."

Pictured above: Dr Richard Sadler, left, and Jason Scott Tilley