Worksop: Tributes as Acorn pioneer Mick Hagen exits stage as a true star

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Tributes have been paid to one of the pioneers of Worksop’s Acorn Theatre David Michael Hagen who has died aged 74 after a lengthy illness.

Mick, as he was known to friends and colleagues, had the vision for the Acorn Theatre.

In a statement, the chairman of the theatre Roger Westwood said: “When the council seemed reluctant to further its interest in the Regal Centre, he put forward a proposal that saved the former United Reformed Church (URC) hall building from potential demolition. Mick persuaded the URC to lease the building as a theatre and the Acorn project came into being.”

Mick served as treasurer and anyone who visited the Acorn may have met him doing front of house duties, stage managing, or working the lighting rig. A cabinet maker by profession, he also designed magnificent stage sets.

The statement continued: “Mick, his wife Christine, and their daughter Kate, worked tirelessly over the years to make the venture a success. Everyone who knew him will sorely miss the effort he put in, and a very unique and dry sense of humour.

A thanksgiving service at the Crossing Church at 4pm on Thursday July 30.

Our thoughts are with his family.