Michael Grandage

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Michael Grandage photographed during rehearsals. Photo: Marc Brenner

MGCfutures Founder & MGC Artistic Director

Michael Grandage CBE is Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company (MGC). He established MGCfutures in 2013 with the royalties from his first independent West End season, to help young theatre makers.

At MGC he has directed numerous productions in the West End and on Broadway including Emma Corrin in Orlando, Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51, Jude Law in Henry V, Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw in Peter and Alice. He has also directed the feature film Genius with Colin Firth for MGC.

His opera work includes Madama Butterfly for Houston Grand Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera, Le Nozzi de Figaro for Glyndbourne and Houston, Don Giovanni for the Met and this new San Francisco production of Billy Budd, which has also been seen at Glyndbourne and BAM in New York.

He was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse (2002–2012) and Sheffield Theatres (2000-2005) where his work included Chiwetel Ejiofor in Othello, Frank Langella and Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon, Derek Jacobi in King Lear, Eddie Redmayne and Alfred Molina in Red (Tony Award for Best Director), Jude Law in Hamlet and Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov. He won three Olivier Awards for his musical productions of Guys and Dolls, Merrily We Roll Along and Grand Hotel.

He was President of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 2010 to 2022. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2011. His book, A Decade At The Donmar, was published by Constable & Robins in 2012.