Michael Blakemore began his career as an actor with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and then with the RSC, 1952–66. He became a co-director at the Citizens, Glasgow, 1966–68, and went on to become Associate Director of the National Theatre, 1971–76. He has directed, among many others, Peter Nichols’ A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1967), Arturo Ui (featuring Leonard Rossiter in one of his great comic stage roles, 1969), David Hare’s Knuckle (1974), Nichols’ Privates on Parade (1977), and Miller’s All My Sons (1981); for the National he directed Nichols’ The National Health (1969), O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night (1971), and Macbeth (1972). He has directed three films: A Personal History of the Australian Surf (1981), Privates on Parade (1983), and Country Life (1995), and is the author of a novel, Next Season (1969).
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