Michael Attenborough CBE

‘In our increasingly alienated world, what could be more important than introducing young people to the healing, uniting, emotional experience of theatre? This is absolutely vital work. In it lies the future.’ Michael Attenborough CBE


He was Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre in London between 2002 and 2013. Previously, he was Associate Director of the Mercury Theatre Colchester 1972 to 74, the Leeds Playhouse (now West Yorkshire Playhouse) 1974 to 1979, the Young Vic 1979 to 1980, then Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre, Watford, 1980 to 1984, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre 1984 to 1989. He was Principal Associate Director and Executive Producer of the RSC from 1990 to 2002. He continues to be an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC. In 2012 Attenborough was presented with the Award for Excellence in International Theatre by The International Theatre Institute. In October 2012, he announced that, after 12 years as Artistic Director, he would step down from the Almeida in April 2013 to concentrate on his directing career. Recently he has directed Macbeth for the Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane, Australia (March – April 2014) As You Like It for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (2014), a UK national tour of J.B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner in 2014 and a new play by Deborah Bruce (Godchild) in October – November 2013 at the Hampstead Theatre.

He directed a new play by Rebecca Gilman (Luna Gale) for the Hampstead Theatre. In September 2015, he directed Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me for the Chichester Festival Theatre, then returned to Hampstead Theatre to direct the UK premiere of Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Happy. Appointed Director Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He teaches there on a regular basis, as well as at three Universities – Sussex, Leicester and St Mary’s.Patron of Artists In Residence. Trustee of Belarus Free Theatre and Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. Associate Artist of Arts Educational Schools. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to theatre. He is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Leicester, where he is a Distinguished Honorary Fellow and Sussex, where he is also Honorary Professor of English and Drama.

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