Giles Havergal

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Giles Pollock Havergal CBE (born 9 June 1938) is a Scottish theatre director, actor, and playwright. He was artistic director of Glasgow's Citizens Theatre from 1969 until he stepped down in 2003, one of the triumvirate of directors at the theatre, alongside Philip Prowse and Robert David MacDonald.

Early years[edit]

Giles Pollock Havergal was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Dr. Henry MacLeod Havergal and his wife Margaret.


Havergal was director of Watford Palace Theatre (1965–69) and director of the Citizens Theatre from 1969 to 2003. He directed over 80 plays in Glasgow including works by Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht. He has also directed over 20 children and family Christmas productions, as well as guest-directing for companies such as Scottish Opera.

Havergal's production of Travels with My Aunt, adapted from the Graham Greene novel of the same title, was first presented in Glasgow in 1989 and then played in the West End where it won a Laurence Olivier Award in 1993, and off Broadway in 1995.

Havergal's production of his and Robert David Macdonald's adaptation of Death in Venice by Thomas Mann was first presented in Glasgow in 2000. It played at the Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, New York in 2002, following performances in Stockholm, Copenhagen & Manchester (England).

In 2012, the writer Alasdair Gray noted in a well publicised essay that Havergal seems to have had an aversion to Scottish plays, and under him, the home grown content of the Citizens dropped dramatically.


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