Michael Grandage, CBE
Theatre director and producer
Michael Grandage’s career in the theatre was influenced by Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan Kent’s time at the Almeida Theatre in the 1990s, which he says “was one of the most exciting moments in British Theatre”. He originally trained as an actor, but came to realise he was more interested in directing. Now the artistic director of the Michael Grandage Company, he is dedicated to making the West End accessible to the masses; currently working on five productions, each production does one free performance for schools and 100,000 tickets across their season are priced at a mere £10. His work has won Tony, Olivier, Olivier, Critics' Circle, Evening Standard, and South Bank Awards, and he says that his greatest achievement is “to have made an important contribution as both a producer and a director”.