Michael Grandage CBE
Patron of Newlyn Arts Festival
Newlyn Arts Festival announces with great pleasure that the distinguished theatre and film director MICHAEL GRANDAGE CBE has become its Patron. Mr Grandage has very strong links with the area having been raised in Newlyn and educated at Humphry Davy School. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Michael Grandage Company in London which promotes bringing young people into the theatre.
Michael has just completed directing his first film Genius, which stars Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. He has collaborated with many other fine actors including Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Penelope Wilton. For ten years he was Artistic Director of the Donmar theatre in London where he produced 66 plays. His production of King Lear at The Hall for Cornwall three years ago, starring Derek Jacobi, is still acclaimed by Shakespeare lovers. He has also produced new opera productions of Billy Budd and The Marriage of Figaro for Glyndebourne.
Annie Metcalfe, Newlyn Arts Festival's Artistic Director said: “ We are thrilled to have a Patron with the experience of musical and theatrical arts which Michael has. His knowledge of local artists also makes him uniquely equipped to advise and support us in planning and producing festivals in the future.”
Although extremely busy in London, Michael spends as much time as he can in Cornwall which he treasures as a “safe haven” from the pressures of the art world in the South East. Speaking to Events Organiser of the Festival, Les Gillard, Michael said how delighted he was to be asked to support such a creative local enterprise and that he “felt it was meant to be that he would take part in building a really community-based arts Festival in Penwith.”