Michael White (producer)

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Michael White
Born Michael Simon White
(1936-01-16) 16 January 1936 (age 79)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Education Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland
Alma mater University of Paris
Occupation Theatre producer, film producer
Years active 1961–present
Notable work Oh! Calcutta!, 1970 West End
Sleuth, 1971 Broadway
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1973 West End
The Rocky Horror Show, 1973 West End
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1974 (film)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975 (film)
A Chorus Line, 1976 West End
Jabberwocky, 1977 (film)
Annie, 1978 West End
My Dinner With Andre, 1981 (film)
The Comic Strip Presents..., 1982 (TV)
She Loves Me, 1994 West End revival
Awards Tony Award for Best Play
1971: Sleuth
Tony Award for Best Musical
1973: Two Gentlemen of Verona
1976: A Chorus Line
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival
1994: She Loves Me
Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical
1994: She Loves Me
Evening Standard Award for Best Musical
1973: The Rocky Horror Show
1976: A Chorus Line
1978: Annie
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
1982: Moonlighting
1983: The Ploughman's Lunch
Boston Society of Film Critics Best American Film
1982: My Dinner With Andre

Michael White (born 16 January 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a prolific British theatrical impresario and film producer.

Life and career[edit]

He was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris. After working as a Wall Street runner in New York City in the 1950s, White took an interest in theatre, spending five years as assistant to Sir Peter Daubeny at the World Theatre in London.

At 26, White produced his first West End play, a production of Jack Gelber's The Connection.[1] It was the start of a career that has since seen White produce 101 stage productions and 27 films over 50 years.

Famed for bringing the risqué to the stage his productions include Sleuth,[2] The Doll's House, Oh! Calcutta!,[3] Two Gentlemen of Verona, the original Theatre Upstairs production of the cult The Rocky Horror Show, and subsequently the film version The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also produced the cult classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and is responsible for starting the popular TV show The Comic Strip Presents... with Peter Richardson.

White's life story is the subject of the 2013 documentary film The Last Impresario, directed by Gracie Otto. The film made its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2013,[4][5] where it was positively received by critics.[6][7][8] White's autobiography, Empty Seats, was published in 1985.[9]

Selected theatrical productions[edit]

This list is incomplete, currently listing only Michael White's most notable theatre works.


As producer:


As producer:


As producer or executive producer:

Appearing as himself:

Personal life[edit]

White has been married twice. With his first wife, the model and designer Sarah Hillsdon, he had three children. With his second wife, Louise, he has a son.[10]


  1. ^ Bygrave, Mike; Joan Goodman; John Fordham (1973). The Other Careers: earning a living in the arts and media. Wildwood House. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7045-0052-5. 
  2. ^ Morley, Sheridan (1974). Theatre. Hutchinson. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-09-122290-1. 
  3. ^ Alan Travis (23 December 2000). "How two dames saved Oh! Calcutta!". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Oliver Pfeiffer, "Gracie Otto's The Last Impresario to premiere at London Film Festival", SBS.com.au, 10 September 2013.
  5. ^ Cara Nash, "'The Last Impresario' to premiere at BFI London Film Festival", FilmInk.com.au, 5 September 2013.
  6. ^ Charles Gant, "London Film Review: 'The Last Impresario'", Variety Magazine, 29 October 2013.
  7. ^ Stephen Dalton, "The Last Impresario: London Review", The Hollywood Reporter, 13 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Review: The Last Impresario", WizardRadio.co.uk, 14 October 2013.
  9. ^ White, Michael (1984). Empty Seats (1st ed.). H.Hamilton. ISBN 978-0-241-11348-6. ISBN 0-241-11348-2. 
  10. ^ Kennaway, Guy (5 October 2008). "Michael White's celebrity photo album". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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