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Michael Langham

Michael Seymour Langham (22 August 1919 – 15 January 2011) was an English director and actor, who spent much of his career living and working in Canada and the United States.

Michael Langham
Born(1919-08-22)22 August 1919
Bridgwater, Somerset, England, U.K.
Died15 January 2011(2011-01-15) (aged 91)
Cranbrook, Kent, England, U.K.
Cause of deathShort Illness
OccupationTheatre director, actor

He was educated at Radley College and studied law at the University of London before enlisting in the British Army in 1939. After spending five years as a prisoner of war, Langham set his sights on the theatre and led several repertory theatres in the U.K. including Coventry (1946–48), Birmingham (1948–50) and Glasgow (1953–54).[1]

He was the second artistic director at the Stratford Festival in Canada from 1956 to 1967, and the third artistic director of the Guthrie Theater from 1971 to 1977.[2] He was also director of the Juilliard School from 1979 to 1982, and again from 1987 to 1992. Langham's association with the Stratford Festival lasted over a half century as he directed Love's Labours Lost and There Reigns Love for the 2008 season.[3] In 1995 he directed two plays for the inaugural season of the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Langham was married to actress Helen Burns. Their son is the writer, actor and comedian Chris Langham.[4]

Langham died on 15 January 2011 in Cranbrook, Kent, England after a short illness.[5]

Video clipsEdit

Interview for TheatreMuseumCanada on YouTube

Interview with Stratford Festival costumer Cynthia MacLennan on working with Langham.


  1. ^ Langham, Michael[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Michael Langham: 1971-1977 | Guthrie Theater Archived 5 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Profile: Chris Langham". London: Daily Mail. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  5. ^ Michael Langham: Former Stratford Artistic Director dies at 91

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