Michael Blakemore

Year of birth: 1928

Earlier/current work: Born in Australia, he came to London in 1950 to train as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He played many different characters on stage, particularly in plays by Shakespeare. However, he is best known for his ability as a director in theatre and film, winning numerous awards. He directed at the National Theatre (The National Health, Long Day's Journey into Night, Copenhagen, Democracy), the Royal Shakespeare Company (Privates on Parade), the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith (Make and Break, Noises Off), West End and Broadway theatres (Design for Living, City of Angels, The Life, Kiss Me Kate, Embers, Deuce). He also directed the 1982 film version of Privates on Parade.

Time in Chesterfield: 1954 1955

Productions in Chesterfield:
Almost a Honeymoon
For Better, For Worse
Journeys End
Sweethearts and Wives
The Miser
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Top Secret
A Question of Fact
Birthday Honours
Dear Charles
Down Came a Blackbird
Four Winds
Hindle Wakes
My Wife's Lodger
The Facts of Life
The Letter
The Little Hut
The Story of Madeleine Smith
This Was a Women