Director Michael Bogdanov dies aged 78

Michael Bogdanov Director Michael Bogdanov, 78
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The director Michael Bogdanov has died aged 78.

The Welsh theatre, film and opera director died on April 16, his publicist confirmed.

Bogdanov founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 with Michael Pennington, and was an associate director at the National Theatre for eight years.

Notable productions included The Romans in Britain at the National Theatre and eight productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was also artistic director of Leicester’s Phoenix Theatre and the Young Vic in London, as well as being chief executive of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg for three years.

Tributes have been paid to the Welsh director on social media, including from English Touring Theatre founder Stephen Unwin, who said Bogdanov’s work had paved the way for ETT.

Among others paying tribute to Bogdanov on social media were actors Samuel West and Hugh Quarshie, Welsh institutions the Sherman Theatre and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the National Theatre.

A family funeral will be held in Wales followed by a memorial service in London at a later date.