Michael Redgrave

Born Mar 20, 1908

Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave, CBE was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author.

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1908 Birth Born on March 20, 1908.


1934 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He was a schoolmaster at Cranleigh School in Surrey before becoming an actor in 1934. … Read More
1935 27 Years Old Redgrave was married to the actress Rachel Kempson for 50 years from 1935 until his death. … Read More
1936 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Offered a job by Tyrone Guthrie, he made his first professional appearance in London at the Old Vic on 14 September 1936, playing Ferdinand in Love's Labours Lost.
As You Like It transferred to the New Theatre in February 1937 when he again played Orlando.


1942 34 Years Old Having spent most of 1942 in the Reserve he managed to direct Lifeline (Norman Armstrong) starring Frank Pettingell at the Duchess Theatre in July; and The Duke in Darkness (Patrick Hamilton) starring Leslie Banks at the St James's Theatre in October, also taking the role of Gribaud. … Read More


1949 - 1952 3 More Events
1953 45 Years Old Redgrave became the First President of the English Speaking Board in 1953, and President of the Questors Theatre, Ealing in 1958. … Read More
1955 47 Years Old At the Apollo in June 1955 he played Hector in Tiger at the Gates, appearing in the same role at the Plymouth Theatre, New York City in October 1955 for which he received the New York Critics' Award.
1956 48 Years Old While in New York he directed A Month in the Country at the Phoenix Theatre in April 1956, and directed and played the Prince Regent in The Sleeping Prince at the Coronet Theatre in November 1956.


1958 50 Years Old Returning to London in January 1958 he appeared as Philip Lester in A Touch of the Sun (N. C. Hunter) at the Saville Theatre — Best Actor in the Evening Standard Awards 1958 – before rejoining the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company in June 1958, to play Hamlet and Benedick, also playing Hamlet with the company in Leningrad and Moscow in December 1958 (while his wife Rachel Kempson played Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet).
1959 51 Years Old At the Queen's Theatre in London in August 1959 he played H.J. in his own adaptation of the Henry James novella The Aspern Papers.
His play was later to be successfully revived on Broadway in 1962, with Dame Wendy Hiller and Maurice Evans, while the 1984 London revival featured his daughter, Vanessa Redgrave, along with Christopher Reeve and Hiller, this time in the role of Miss Bordereau. … Read More
1964 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1964 at the National he played the title role in Hobson's Choice, which he admitted was well outside his range: "I couldn't do the Lancashire accent and that shook my nerve terribly – all the other performances suffered."
1965 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In May and June 1965 Redgrave directed the opening festival of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, including directing and playing Rakitin in A Month in the Country (co-starring with Ingrid Bergman as Natalya Petrovna), and Samson in Samson Agonistes (co-starring with Rachel Kempson as Chorus).
1966 58 Years Old For the Glyndebourne Festival Opera he directed Werther in 1966 and La bohème in 1967.


1971 - 1972 2 More Events
1975 67 Years Old His final work, in 1975, a narrative of the epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a poem that Redgrave taught as a young schoolmaster and visualised by producer-director Raul da Silva, received six international film festival prizes of which five were first place in category. … Read More
1976 68 Years Old In 1976, after suffering symptoms for many years, Redgrave was diagnosed with rapidly advancing Parkinson's disease; and he began a regimen of therapies and medications that caused disorientation and other side effects. … Read More
1985 77 Years Old Redgrave died in a nursing home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, in 1985, from Parkinson's disease, one day after his 77th birthday. … Read More
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