Before becoming the Director of the theatre at Barrow-in-Furness in 1964, Giles 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.
The Barber of Seville - Director
Welsh National Opera:
The Barber of Seville (1985) - a co-production with Vancouver and Opera North
The Marriage of Figaro (1987)
The Seraglio (1989)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1989) - a co-production with Vancouver and Minnesota
The Marriage of Figaro (1983)
The Seraglio (1985)
Orpheus in the Underworld (1988)
My Fair Lady (1989)
Opera Theater of St Louis:
Don Giovanni (1995)
The Comedy of Errors (1996)
L'Elisir d'Amore (1995/ 2001)
Die Fledermaus (1997/ 2002)
Il Turco in Italia (2004)
National Opera Studio:
The Barber of Seville (2015)
7:84 Theatre Company Scotland:
Men Should Weep (1982)
Folger Theater, Washington:
Marriage a La Mode (1983)
The Heat of the Day (1987)
Private Lives (1997)
A.C.T. San Francisco:
Travels With My Aunt (1997)
Juno and the Paycock (1999)
House of Mirth (2000)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2003)
David Copperfield (2001)
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) and Spooks (2011).
Berlin to Broadway
The Merry Widow
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 of 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.