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Saskatoon theatre icon Henry Woolf receives big 90th birthday present with U of S honour

Henry Woolf is still young at heart on his 90th birthday.
Henry Woolf is still young at heart on his 90th birthday. Mandy Vocke / Global News

Henry Woolf turned 90 on Monday and received a pretty exciting gift for his big day.

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) re-named one of its theatres after Woolf.

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Friends and former colleagues shared stories on his big day, in what’s now officially the Henry Woolf Theatre.

“It makes me feel even more conceited than I am,” Woolf joked at the celebration on Monday.

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Woolf is a renowned artist, actor and director. He’s been an integral part of the Saskatoon theatre community for many years. He was the artistic director of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan for a decade and was also the former head of the drama department at U of S.

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“Our company has a lot we owe him and all of us as actors and directors and artists,” said Alan Long, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan director of marketing and development.

“We owe a lot to Henry for all the great things he’s done in Saskatoon for so many years.”

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Woolf is looking forward to the next decade.

“The theatre community in Saskatoon has never been livelier. It has wonderful theatres and terrific companies,” Woolf said.

A bursary is also being named after Woolf and will be given to one U of S drama student annually.