Michael Boyd

Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company 2002-12.
Associate Director, RSC 1996-2002
Artistic Director, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 1985-96
Associate Director, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 1982-84
Assistant Director Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 1980-82
Trainee Director, Malaya Bronnaya Theatre, Moscow 1980

As Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael commissioned and developed the World Shakespeare Festival for the London Olympics in 2012, the Complete Works Festival 2006-7, Matilda the Musical, and the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network in schools. He also led the successful £112 million reconstruction of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which reopened in 2011.

Productions at the RSC include The Histories (“One of the great events of modern theatre”: The Guardian), Macbeth, As You Like It, The Grain Store, Hamlet, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, The Spanish Tragedy and The Broken Heart.

Productions elsewhere include Tamburlaine (Theatre for a New Audience, New York, Obie and Drama Desk Awards), The Trick is To Keep Breathing (Tron Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, and World Stage Festival, Toronto), Crow, Macbeth, Endgame, The Baby, Thomas Muir, Losing Alec, Paddy’s Market, The Five Past Eight Shows, Sleeping Beauty, The Gong Show (Tron Theatre), Good (Tron Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival), Dumbstruck (Tron Theatre, Scottish Tour, and Lyric Theatre Hammersmith), The Guid Sisters (Tron Theatre and World Stage Festival, Toronto), The Real Wurld (Tron Theatre and Stoneybrook Festival New York), Mystery Bouffe, Commedia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Passion in Six Days (Crucible Theatre Sheffield), Risky City, Turn of the Screw, Dead Souls, and The Coventry Mystery Plays (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), Miss Julie (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Hedda Gabler (Leicester Haymarket), The Harvest (Soho Theatre and Ustinov), The Big Meal (Ustinov and Hightide Festival), Othello (Lyric Hammersmith) and Right Now (Bush Theatre, Traverse, and Ustinov).

Boyd was director of drama for the Glasgow New Beginnings Festival of new works from the Soviet Union in 1989, and the RSC Revolutions season of post-soviet drama in 2009.

Opera productions include Orfeo (Royal Opera/Roundhouse, joint nomination Outstanding Contribution to Opera, Oliviers), Eugene Onegin, Pelleas and Melisande (Garsington).

Boyd’s work has received many international awards including four Oliviers. He was knighted for services to drama in 2012, and has been Visiting Professor at The Universities of Oxford and Michigan.

He was educated at Latymer Upper School in London, Daniel Stewart’s College in Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh. Boyd has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Michigan, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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