24 June 1926|
|Died||28 July 2010(aged 84)|
David William (24 June 1926 – 28 July 2010) was a British Canadian actor and director.
He was born Bryan David Williams in London, the only child of Eric Williams and Olwen Roose, his wife. His family were London-based wine merchants. He was educated at Bryanston School and University College, Oxford. He played Prospero in an outdoor production of The Tempest in the gardens of Worcester College, directed by Nevill Coghill in 1949. He also acted as Hamlet and Richard II in Oxford University Dramatic Society productions. On joining Equity, the actor's trade union, he dropped the "s" in his name.
He was Artistic Director at the New Shakespeare Company at the Open Air Theatre in London, England, from 1962 to 1968, and Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, from 1990 to 1993. During his tenure at Stratford, the Festival produced works by Canadian playwrights Elliott Hayes, Sharon Pollock, Michel Tremblay, and John Murrell. He is well-known primarily for playing the title role in Macbeth. He died on 28 July 2010 from injuries he suffered in a fall.
- Michael Coveney, David William obituary, The Guardian, 23 August 2010.
- Stratford Festival, Canada.
- Archives Hub: A Collection-level Description for the Records of The New Shakespeare Company, UK.
- Stratford Festival, Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.