The director, writer and actor Jonathan Miller has died, aged 85.
Miller’s death was confirmed by his family on November 27.
The theatre and opera director’s career included an associate directorship at the National Theatre and artistic directorship of the Old Vic, and he staged many shows at English National Opera and the Royal Opera House.
A spokeswoman from ENO said: “We are saddened to hear of the death of long-time ENO collaborator Sir Jonathan Miller.
“For over four decades, Jonathan Miller’s stagings have been at the heart of ENO’s work. From his insightful The Marriage of Figaro in 1978, to his charming and witty The Elixir of Love in 2010, Jonathan Miller provided ENO with 15 productions, many of them becoming staples of our repertoire.
“His 40-year contribution to the success of ENO was immense, and his productions are loved by audiences of all ages.
“His productions for ENO included The Marriage of Figaro, The Turn of the Screw, Arabella, Otello, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, La Traviata, La Bohème and The Elixir of Love.
“Jonathan Miller will be deeply missed by all who knew and worked with him.”
His productions include the recent The Mikado at ENO.
Director of opera at the Royal Opera House Oliver Mears said: “Jonathan Miller was one of the most important figures in British theatre and opera of the past half century.
“Combining a supreme intellect with a consistently irreverent perspective, formed from his experiences in both comedy and medicine, Miller shone a unique light on our art form.
“His intolerance of inauthenticity and laziness on stage was matched by the urgency and rigour of his search for the composer’s vision, historical accuracy and psychological truth – resulting in so many productions which have stood the test of time.”