Born in Manchester, Lancashire, Matalon began his career as an actor in a series of forgettable British films, but his greatest success has been as a director of West End, Broadway and regional theatre productions.
Matalon's West End credits include Bus Stop with Lee Remick and Keir Dullea, I Never Sang for My Father with Raymond Massey and The Glass Menagerie with Anna Massey. He was artistic director for three years at the Hampstead Theatre, where his productions included Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing and the European premiere of Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams.
Matalon presently is serving on the Artistic Advisory Board of New York City's New World's Theatre Project, which makes late 19th and early 20th century Yiddish plays accessible to contemporary audiences in modern English translations.
- Souvenir (2005)
- The Tap Dance Kid (1983)
- The Corn Is Green (1983 revival)
- The American Clock (1980)
- Brigadoon (1980 revival)
- Morning's at Seven (1980 revival)
- P. S. Your Cat Is Dead! (1975)
- Noël Coward in Two Keys (1974)
- After the Rain (1967)
Awards and nominations
- 1980: Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Morning's at Seven
- 1980: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play – Morning's at Seven
- 1984: Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – The Tap Dance Kid