Howard Davies (director)
|Born||26 April 1945
Durham, County Durham, England
|Died||25 October 2016(aged 71)|
|Alma mater||Durham University
Susan Wall (div.)
Davies, the son of a miner Thomas Emrys Davies and Hilda Bevan, was born in Durham, County Durham, England and studied at Durham University and Bristol University, where he developed an appreciation for the works of Bertolt Brecht.
In the early 1970s, Davies worked extensively with the Bristol Old Vic and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and he served as an associate director for both the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he directed Les liaisons dangereuses, Macbeth, and Troilus and Cressida. He also did much work for the Royal National Theatre, where his projects included Hedda Gabler, The House of Bernarda Alba, Pygmalion, The Crucible, The Shaughraun, and Paul., and where he directed Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard which opened in May 2011 and was broadcast on 30 June 2011 as part of National Theatre Live. At the Almeida Theatre he directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Play About the Baby, whilst at the Hampstead Theatre he directed the 2012 premiere of 55 Days.
Davies' work in West End theatre won him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director for The Iceman Cometh, All My Sons and The White Guard; the London Critics Circle Award for Best Director for Mourning Becomes Electra and The Iceman Cometh; and the Evening Standard Award for Best Director for All My Sons and Flight.
Davies made his Broadway debut with Piaf in 1981. His Broadway credits also include Les liaisons dangereuses, the 1990 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the 1993 revival of My Fair Lady, Translations, the 1999 revival of The Iceman Cometh, the 2002 revival of Private Lives, and the 2007 revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play thrice but did not win, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play three times, winning for Les liaisons dangereuses.
Personal life and death
Davies was married to actress Clare Holman. He was previously married to Susan Wall with whom he had two daughters, Hannah Clare and Katherine Sian. Davies died of cancer on 25 October 2016 at the age of 71.
- Eddershaw, Margaret, Performing Brecht. Taylor & Francis 1996. ISBN 0-415-08011-8, pp. 93-97
- Gates, Anita (26 October 2016). "Howard Davies, Theatre Director in Britain and on Broadway, Dies at 71". New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- Howard Davies biography at PBS.com
- Howard Davies at the London Theatre Database
- Howard Davies biography at Chichester Festival Theatre website
- Howard Davies at BritFilms.com
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- Director Howard Davies dies aged 71