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Michael Blakemore

Birth Place: Sydney, AUSTRALIA

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Michael Blakemore is an accomplished actor, director, and writer with a long and distinguished career in both the theater and film industries. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1928, Blakemore began his career as an actor before transitioning to directing in the 1960s. He has since become one of the most respected directors in the industry, with numerous awards and accolades to his name.



Blakemore's early career was marked by his work as an actor in Australia and the UK. He made his West End debut in 1950 in a production of The Heiress, and went on to appear in numerous productions over the next decade. In the mid-1960s, he began to focus more on directing, and quickly established himself as a talented and innovative director.

One of Blakemore's most notable early productions was the 1967 London premiere of Joe Orton's Loot, which he directed to critical acclaim. He went on to direct numerous other successful productions in the UK, including the West End premiere of Tom Stoppard's Travesties in 1974.

In the 1980s, Blakemore began to work more extensively in the United States, directing productions on and off Broadway. One of his most notable productions during this time was the 1983 Broadway premiere of Noises Off, which was a critical and commercial success. He also directed the 1987 Broadway production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which earned him a Tony Award for Best Director.

Blakemore continued to direct successful productions on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 1994, he directed the Broadway premiere of Kiss of the Spider Woman, which earned him another Tony Award for Best Director. He also directed the West End premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods in 1990, which was widely praised for its innovative staging and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical.

In addition to his work as a director, Blakemore has also written extensively about the theater. He published his memoir, Arguments with England, in 2004, which chronicles his experiences as a director in both the UK and the US. He has also written several plays, including The Last Cigarette, which he co-wrote with his longtime collaborator, the actor and writer Simon Gray.

Blakemore's most recent work includes the 2014 West End production of My Night with Reg, which he directed to critical acclaim. The production was a revival of Kevin Elyot's play about a group of gay friends in the 1980s, and was widely praised for its sensitive handling of the material.

Throughout his long and illustrious career, Michael Blakemore has established himself as one of the most talented and respected directors in the theater world. His innovative and insightful productions have earned him numerous awards and accolades, and his writing has contributed significantly to the understanding and appreciation of the art of theater.

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Michael Blakemore Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Michael Blakemore, Blithe Spirit

Olivier Awards - 2002 - Best Director

Michael Blakemore, Kiss Me, Kate


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Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director - Play

Michael Blakemore, Copenhagen

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director of a Play

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Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Direction of a Musical

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Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Direction of a Play

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Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Michael Blakemore, Kiss Me, Kate

Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Michael Blakemore, The Life

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1997 - Best Director - Musical

Michael Blakemore, The Life

Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Blakemore, The Life


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Director

Michael Blakemore, City of Angels


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Director

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Director

Michael Blakemore, Lettice and Lovage


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Director

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Director

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Tony Awards - 1990 - Best Direction of a Play

Michael Blakemore, Lettice and Lovage

Drama Desk Awards - 1989 - Outstanding Director - Musical

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Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Michael Blakemore, Noises Off

Olivier Awards - 1984 - Director of the Year

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1984 - Best Director

Michael Blakemore, Noises Off

Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Direction of a Play

Michael Blakemore, Noises Off

Olivier Awards - 1977 - Director of the Year

Michael BlakemorePrivates On Parade

Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Direction of a Play

Michael Blakemore, Joe Egg

Michael Blakemore News


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Stars in the House continues today (2pm) with a City of Angels Cast reunion (Gregg Edelman, Randy Graff, Dee Hoty, Kay McClelland, James Naughton, Rachel York and David Zippel.  Joined by director Michael Blakemore) and tonight (8pm) with the cast of Ryan Murphy's Hollywood (David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jeremy Pope, Mira Sorvino, Holland Taylor and Samara Weaving). 

Michael Blakemore FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Michael Blakemore written?

Michael Blakemore has written 1 shows including The Life (Additional Material).

What awards has Michael Blakemore been nominated for?

Michael Blakemore has been nominated for several awards throughout his career, including Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Blithe Spirit," Best Director at the Olivier Awards for "Kiss Me, Kate," and Outstanding Director - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Copenhagen." He has also received nominations for Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Kiss Me, Kate" and "The Life," as well as Best Director at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for various productions such as "City of Angels" and "Lettice and Lovage." Blakemore has also been recognized with awards like Director of the Year at the Olivier Awards for "Benefactors" and "Privates On Parade."

What awards has Michael Blakemore won?

Michael Blakemore has won the following awards: Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Copenhagen, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Kiss Me, Kate, Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Copenhagen, Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Kiss Me, Kate, Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for City of Angels, Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for City of Angels, Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Lettice and Lovage, Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for City of Angels, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Noises Off, and Best Director (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Noises Off.

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