Michael Blakemore was born in Sydney and initially trained as an actor. He made his debut as a director at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre in 1966. In 2000 Blakemore became the only director to win Tony Awards for Best Director of a Play and a Musical in the same year for Copenhagen and Kiss Me, Kate. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia and awarded the OBE in 2003, and in 2010 was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Recent engagements: Director The Life (Southwark Playhouse); Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre); Afterlife (National Theatre)