Michael Blakemore

Michael Blakemore was Associate Director at the National Theatre where his productions included The National Health, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Front Page, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, Plunder, After the Fall. Elsewhere Privates on Parade (RSC); Don’s Party, Widower’s Houses (Royal Court); Make and Break (Lyric Hammersmith, where he was Resident Director, and Haymarket). Other West End successes include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Forget-Me-Not Lane, Design for Living, Knuckle, Separate Tables, All My Sons, Lettice and Lovage, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, Blithe Spirit (also Broadway).

His original productions of plays by Michael Frayn include Noises Off, Benefactors, Democracy (National Theatre and New York), Copenhagen (NT, West End, Broadway, Australia and Paris).

Broadway productions include three musicals: City of Angels, The Life and Kiss Me, Kate; and Death Defying Acts, three one-act plays by David Mamet, Elaine May and Woody Allen.

Most recently he revisited The Life at Southwark Playhouse (OFFIE Award for Best Musical Production).

He has written and directed two films, A Personal History of the Australian Surf (Standard Film Award 1982) and Country Life.

Books include a novel, Next Season (1968), still in paperback, and two memoirs, Arguments with England (2004) and Stage Blood (2013). 

Awards include two Tony Awards (Kiss Me, Kate and Copenhagen); Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards (Kiss Me, Kate); Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards (The Life); and Molière and Helpman Awards for the Paris and Sydney productions of Copenhagen respectively.

Michael is the recipient of both an OBE and an AO (Order of Australia), and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2010.