Original Director: Tosca
Michael Blakemore became the first director to win a Tony Award for the musical Kiss Me, Kate and the play Copenhagen in the same year, 2000. For Kiss Me, Kate he also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics awards. Michael was Associate Director at National Theatre where productions included The National Health, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Front Page, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, Plunder, After the Fall, Copenhagen. Elsewhere: Privates on Parade (RSC); Don’s Party, Widower’s Houses (Royal Court); Make and Break at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre (where he was Resident Director) and Haymarket; Mr Peter’s Connections by Arthur Miller (Almeida). Other West End successes are A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Forget-Me-Not, Design for Living, Knuckle, Separate Tables, All My Sons, Noises Off, Benefactors, Lettice and Lovage, Uncle Vanya, The Sisters Rosenweig.
On Broadway productions include three musicals, the Tony Award-winning City of Angels; The Life, voted best musical of 1997 by the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League; Kiss Me, Kate which received 12 Tony nominations. He also directed Death Defying Acts, three one-act plays by David Mamet, Elaine May and Woody Allen. He has written and directed two films, A Personal History of the Australian Surf (Standard Film Award 1982) and Country Life. His novel Next Season (Simon and Schuster 1968) has been reissued in paperback. Michael has directed Democracy (New York and London); Embers starring Jeremy Irons (London); Deuce and Is He Dead? (Broadway).