The Full Wiki

Michael Grandage: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Michael Grandage
Born 2 May 1962 (1962-05-02) (age 47)
Yorkshire, England
Occupation theatre director, producer

Michael Grandage (born 2 May 1962) is a British theatre director and producer, and current Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse, London.

Contents

Biography

Advertisements

Early years

Grandage was born in Yorkshire, England, and raised in Penzance, Cornwall where his parents ran a family business. He was educated at the Humphry Davy Grammar School before training as an actor at Central School of Speech and Drama through 1984. He worked as an actor for twelve years before turning to directing in 1996.[1]. His partner is award-winning British theatre and set designer Christopher Oram. [2]

Career

He made his directorial debut in 1996 with a production of Last Yankee at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

From 2000 to 2005 he served as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres where his high profile productions included Edward II with Joseph Fiennes, Richard III with Kenneth Branagh, Suddenly Last Summer with Diana Rigg and Victoria Hamilton, The Tempest with Derek Jacobi and Don Carlos with Derek Jacobi. He produced over forty plays with predominantly young directors and designers. The Crucible was awarded Theatrical Management Association Theatre of the Year in 2001.

In 2002 he was announced as the successor to Sam Mendes at the Donmar where he expanded the theatre's repertoire to include European work, touring productions and an extensive education programme as well as taking the new Donmar brand to the West End and overseas. His work has won Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and South Bank Awards. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 for Best Director for Peter Nichols' Passion at Donmar Warehouse before winning in 2004 for Albert CamusCaligula. Two of his musical productions for the Donmar have won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and a third won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. He has also won Evening Standard Awards for Best Director for his productions of As You Like It, Passion, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Don Carlos.

In August 2006, two Grandage-directed musical revivals were playing side-by-side in the West End; Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production) and Evita (Adelphi Theatre).

In September 2008 he launched a one-year Donmar West End season of four plays (with Donmar Warehouse ticket prices) when the company extended its repertory to the newly refurbished Wyndham's Theatre. Grandage directs all productions, Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov, Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night, Judi Dench in Madame de Sade and Jude Law in Hamlet. Hamlet is currently running at the Wyndham's Theatre.

Grandage has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by both Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield University as well as an Honorary Fellowship by Central School of Speech and Drama. He was awarded the 2006 Award for Excellence in International Theatre by the International Theatre Institute. In 2009 he became a Visiting Professor of University College Falmouth.

Stage productions

Donmar Warehouse
  • 2009: Red
  • 2008: The Chalk Garden
  • 2008: Othello
  • 2007: John Gabriel Borkman
  • 2006: The Cut
  • 2006: Frost/Nixon
  • 2006: Don Juan in Soho
  • 2005: The Wild Duck
  • 2004: Pirandello’s Henry IV
  • 2004: Grand Hotel
  • 2003: Caligula
  • 2003: After Miss Julie
  • 2002: The Vortex
  • 2001: Privates on Parade
  • 2000: Passion Play
  • 2000: Merrily We Roll Along
  • 1999: Good
Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham's
West End
  • 2006: Evita
  • 2005: Guys and Dolls
Sheffield Theatres
  • 2004: Don Carlos
  • 2004: Suddenly Last Summer
  • 2003: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 2002: The Tempest
  • 2002: Richard III
  • 2001: Don Juan
  • 2001: Edward II
  • 2000: The Country Wife
  • 2000: As You Like It
  • 1998: Twelfth Night
  • 1998: What the Butler Saw
Other
  • 1999: The Jew of Malta – Almeida and national tour
  • 1998: The Doctor’s Dilemma – Almeida and national tour
  • 1996: The Deep Blue Sea – Mercury, Colchester
  • 1995: The Last Yankee – Mercury, Colchester

Awards and nominations

Awards
  • 2009 Critics' Circle Award for Best Director - Ivanov/The Chalk Garden
  • 2009 South Bank Award for Theatre - Othello
  • 2009 Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Play Revival - Ivanov
  • 2009 Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Shakespearean Production - Othello
  • 2009 Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Director - Ivanov/The Chalk Garden/Othello
  • 2008 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director - Ivanov/The Chalk Garden/Othello
  • 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production - Guys and Dolls
  • 2006 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Touring Production - The Cut
  • 2005 Critics' Circle Award for Best Director - The Wild Duck
  • 2005 TMA Award for Best Director Don Carlos
  • 2005 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director - Grand Hotel/Don Carlos
  • 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production - Grand Hotel
  • 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director – Caligula
  • 2004 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Touring Production - Pirandello's Henry IV
  • 2001 South Bank Award for Theatre - As You Like It
  • 2000 Critics' Circle Award for Best Director – Merrily We Roll Along/Passion Play/As You Like It
  • 2000 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director – Merrily We Roll Along/Passion Play/As You Like It
Nominations
  • 2007 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Frost/Nixon
  • 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – Frost/Nixon
  • 2006 London Evening Standard Award for Best Director - Frost/Nixon, Don Juan in Soho, Evita
  • 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Don Carlos
  • 2001 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Passion

References

  1. ^ Mark Kennedy (28 April 2007). "Director Michael Grandage Hits Broadway". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20070428/theater-michael-grandage/. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  
  2. ^ Maddy Costa (28 January 2008). The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2008/jan/28/theatre1. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  

External links


Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message