Giles Havergal


Giles Havergal

Before becoming the Director of the theatre at Barrow-in-Furness in 1964, Giles Havergal was for a short time an actor on stage and television. He was Director of Watford Palace Theatre (1965-69) where his directing work included the British premiere of Tennessee William's Sweet Bird of Youth. He was Director of the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow with Philip Prowse and Robert David Macdonald from 1969 to 2003. He directed 84 plays in Glasgow including works by Shakespeare, Brecht, Orton, Shaw, O'Casey, Sheridan and Arthur Miller. He has also directed 26 specially commissioned childrens' Christmas productions.

His production of his adaptation of Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene was first presented in Glasgow in 1989 and then played in the West End where it won an Olivier Award in 1993, and off Broadway where it won a Drama Desk Award in 1995.

His production of his and Robert David Macdonald's adaptation of Death in Venice by Thomas Mann was first presented in Glasgow in 2000. It played at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, New York in 2002.

Opera Productions

Theatre Productions

Acting Roles

Theatre includes:-
Baron de Charlus in A Waste of Time, Kraus in The Last Days of Mankind, Spooner in No Man's Land, Old Lady Squeamish in The Country Wife, Henry Pulling in Travels With My Aunt, King Philip in Don Carlos, Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape and Aschenbach in Death in Venice, Don Juan at the Lyric, Hammersmith (2004).

TV includes:-
Taggart (1998), Dr Finlay's Casebook (1999), Monarch of the Glen(2005), Midsomer Murders (2006)

Education Work

As You Like It (2002) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2003) for A.C.T. Conservatory at San Francisco. Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling. Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Workshops and Lectures at the University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, Trinity Dublin, Cork University, University California Los Angeles, University College Berkeley, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and many secondary schools in the Glasgow area.

Giles Havergal was awarded a CBE in 2002 and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Glasgow, Strathclyde University and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

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