Michael Elliott


Michael Elliott
Michael Elliott
Born Michael Elliott
1953
London
Occupation Theatre and Television director
Years active 1954–1984
Spouse Rosalind Knight (July 1959–1984) (two daughters)

Michael Elliott, OBE (1931 – 1984) was an English theatre and television director.

Contents

Early life

He was born in London the son of a clergyman, Canon Elliott and was educated at Radley College and Keble College, Oxford. Whilst still at Oxford he met Casper Wrede, the theatre director, with whom he was to work closely for the next three decades.

Career

After leaving Oxford he assisted on a production of Edward II at the 1954 Edinburgh Festival Fringe directed by Wrede. Also in 1954 Elliott joined the BBC to direct plays for the drama department.

In 1959 Wrede founded the 59 Theatre Company, based at the Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith) with Elliott appointed assistant artistic director and, although short-lived, the company achieved considerable success with productions of Ibsen's Brand (Elliott’s professional debut as a director) and Little Eyolf, plus Georg Büchner's Danton's Death. The two men supervised a season of plays at the Old Vic in 1961, this time with Elliott as artistic director and Wrede as his assistant. He directed As You Like It in Stratford for the RSC with Vanessa Redgrave, Peer Gynt for the Old Vic with Leo McKern and Miss Julie for the National Theatre with Albert Finney and Maggie Smith.[1]

He continued to work in television, often directing plays he’d already produced in the theatre. These included Brand, As You Like It and Little Eyolf. He also worked for television in Norway and Sweden. He completed more than 50 productions in the UK, the last being King Lear (1983) with Laurence Olivier.

In 1967 Elliott and Wrede agreed to direct productions for Braham Murray’s Century Theatre at Manchester University and in 1968 the three of them set up the 69 Theatre Company also at the University where they produced plays until 1972. Elliott’s productions included J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World with Tom Courtenay, an adaptation of Daniel Deronda by James Maxwell with Vanessa Redgrave and Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken with Wendy Hiller and Brian Cox. Based upon the success of this collaboration the group started to look for a permanent theatre in Manchester and eventually a new theatre was built inside the disused Royal Exchange with Elliott as one of the founding artistic directors. He remained at the Royal Exchange until shortly before his death.[1][2]

His long term collaborator, the translator and playwright Michael Meyer said of Elliott: “Michael combined technical mastery with a brilliant visual sense, the ability to penetrate to the heart of the most resistant text, and the gift of extracting the best from everyone he worked with”.[1]

Personal life

He married the actress Rosalind Knight in July 1959. They had two daughters; the theatre director Marianne Elliott[3] and the actor and director Susannah Elliott-Knight. Elliott was awarded the OBE in 1979.

Theatre Productions

His productions include:[1]

Royal Exchange

Other Theatre

Television

The TV films and plays which he has directed include:-

Bibliography

  • The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976–1998. The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Limited. 1998. ISBN 0 9512017 1 9. 
  • Murray, Braham (2007). The Worst It Can Be Is A Disaster. A & C Black. ISBN 978-0713484902. 

References

  1. ^ a b c d The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976–1998
  2. ^ Braham Murray Autobiography
  3. ^ Kate Kellaway "'When it goes well it is like falling in love. It gives you an incredible high'", The Observer, 29 October 2006

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Elliott Cresson Medal — given to Emile Berliner in 1913 Presented by Franklin Institute Country US …   Wikipedia

  • Michael P. O’Connor — Michael Patrick O’Connor (* 29. September 1831 bei Beaufort, South Carolina; † 26. April 1881 in Charleston, South Carolina) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker. Zwischen 1879 und 1881 vertrat er den Bundesstaat South Carolina im US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Elliott Gould — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Elliott Gould Nombre real Elliott Goldstein Nacimiento 29 de agosto de 1 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Elliott Reid — Dans L Odyssée du docteur Wassell (1944) Données clés …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Michael Irvin — Michael Irvin, October 2007 No. 88      Wide receiver Personal information …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Waltrip — Michael Curtis Waltrip Born April 30, 1963 (1963 04 30) (age 48) Owensboro, Kentucky Achievements 1981 K …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Rawson — Michael Arthur Rawson (* 26. Mai 1934 in Hall Green, Birmingham; † 26. Oktober 2000 in Birmingham) war ein englischer Leichtathlet. Bei einer Körpergröße von 1,78 m betrug sein Wettkampfgewicht 72 kg. Karriere Als 19 Jähriger hatte Michael Rawson …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Elliott Carter — Elliott Cook Carter, Jr. (born in New York City on December 11, 1908) is an American composer from New York City. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the 1930s, and then returned to the United States. After a neoclassical phase, he went… …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Schur — Born Michael Herbert Schur October 29, 1975 (1975 10 29) (age 36) West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. Pen name Ken Tremendous Occupation Television producer, screenwriter, actor …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Maron — is an American makeup artist,[1] best selling author,[2] beauty industry entrepreneur, photographer, and media personality[3] known for pioneering before and after celebrity makeovers on live television, print and video. Contents 1 Early life …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.