Robin Midgley (10 November 1934 – 19 May 2007) was a director in theatre, television and radio and responsible for some of the earliest episodes of Z-Cars and for the television version of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Wars of the Roses.
Midgley married, first, the playwright and psychotherapist Liane Aukin, and, in 1991, the dancer and choreographer Denni Sayers. His two sons from his first marriage are Baptist Minister Rev. Benjamin Midgley and Child Psychotherapist Dr. Nicholas Midgley.
Midgley’s first London stage production, Kill Two Birds, was at the St Martin's Theatre in 1961, and his first in New York, Those That Play the Clowns, in 1967. He also worked for two seasons with Bernard Miles at the Mermaid Theatre, before taking charge of the Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester, in 1968, a post in which he continued while simultaneously opening the new Haymarket Theatre in Leicester as its first artistic director. Musicals of note were: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, produced several times at the Haymarket, in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1985. This became a great favourite with audiences and was developed at the Haymarket from its first shorter schools version into the full-blown musical we know today.
His theatrical productions have included:
- Boris Vian's Victor for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych in 1964
- Athol Fugard’s 1968 play Mille Miglia about Stirling Moss
- Alan Ayckbourn's play How the Other Half Loves with Robert Morley in 1970
- William Douglas Home’s Lloyd George Knew My Father in 1972, starring Ralph Richardson and Peggy Ashcroft
- Terence Rattigan's Cause Célèbre at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1977.
- Lionel Bart's musical Oliver! at the Albery Theatre in 1977, starring Roy Hudd as Fagin
- The 1979 West End revival of My Fair Lady produced by Cameron Mackintosh at the Adelphi Theatre with Tony Britton, Liz Robertson, Dame Anna Neagle, Richard Caldicot and Peter Land
- Petula Clark's musical Someone Like You at the Strand Theatre in 1990
- John Lahr's 1991 adaptation of Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate at the Lyric, Hammersmith
- The Collected Plays of Terence Rattigan, Vol. 4, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1978. ISBN 0-241-89996-6