Di­rec­tor who faced prison dies

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WE­ICH

MICHAEL BOGDANOV, the ac­claimed theatre and film di­rec­tor, has died after suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack while on hol­i­day in Greece. He was 78.

Mr Bogdanov, born in Wales, to a Jewish fa­ther and a Welsh mother in 1938, was known for his mod­ern rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of Shake­speare.

In 1982, he was tried at the Old Bai­ley after stag­ing an act of sim­u­lated male sex in the play The Ro­mans in Bri­tain, ac­cused of procur­ing an act of “gross in­de­cency”. Fac­ing two years in prison, he said he was “enor­mously re­lieved” when the case col­lapsed.

In 1986, he co-founded the English Shake­speare Com­pany, di­rect­ing The Wars of the Roses seven-play cy­cle, for which he won a Laurence Olivier Award.

In his 30-year ca­reer, he also di­rected the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany, and the Royal Opera House.

He is sur­vived by his sec­ond wife, Ul­rike En­gel­brecht, and five chil­dren.

PHOTO: PA

Michael Bogdanov: mod­erniser

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