Michael Grandage is an award-winning British director. Initially he trained as an actor at Central School of Speech and Drama, where he is now President. Before he began directing he worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Exchange.He made his directorial debut in 1996 with The Last Yankee, and won his first Olivier award in 2004 for Best Director with Caligula.
From 2002-2012 Michael was Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse during which time 66 productions were produced, 25 of which he directed. Michaels work with the Donmar won a slew of Tony Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. Productions during his time as Artistic Director included Richard II, Othello, The Wild Duck, Guys and Dolls, Merrily We Roll Along, and Passion Play. When the company extended to the refurbished Wyndham’s Theatre in 2008 Grandage directed the four debut productions with Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov, Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night, Judi Dench in Madame de Sade and Jude Law in Hamlet.
In 2011 he set up the Michael Grandage Company with a 15 month season at the Noel Coward Theatre. This season comprised of five productions, all of which he would direct: Privates on Parade, Peter and Alice, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V.