Jonathan Miller Biography (1934-)

Full name, Jonathan Wolfe Miller; born July 21, 1934, in London, England; sonof Emanuel Miller (a psychiatrist) and Betty (a writer; maiden name, Spiro)Bergson; married Helen Rachel Collet (a physician), July 27, 1956; children:Thomas, William, Kate. Addresses: Office: c/o Jessica Ford, IMG Artists Europe, Lovell House, 616 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5RX, England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, writer, director, neurologist
Birth Details
July 21, 1934
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Director
  • Plays
  • Under Plain Cover, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1962
  • The Old Glory, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Benito Cereno, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1965, then Mermaid Theatre, London, 1967
  • Come Live with Me, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1966
  • Prometheus Bound, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1967
  • The School for Scandal, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre, Nottingham,England, 1968
  • The Seagull, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre, 1968
  • King Lear, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre, 1969, then Old Vic Theatre, London, 1969
  • Merchant of Venice, Old Vic Theatre, 1970
  • The Tempest, Mermaid Theatre, 1970
  • Hamlet, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1970
  • Danton's Death, National Theatre, 1971
  • Prometheus Bound, Mermaid Theatre, 1971
  • Richard II, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1972
  • Julius Caesar, New Theatre, London, 1972
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester,England, 1972
  • The School for Scandal, National Theatre Company, 1972
  • The Devil Is an Ass, 1973
  • The Malcontent, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre, 1973
  • Measure for Measure, National Theatre Company, 1973
  • The Seagull, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1973
  • The Marriage of Figaro, Old Vic Theatre, 1974
  • The Freeway, Old Vic Theatre, 1974
  • The Seagull, Greenwich Theatre Company, London, 1974
  • Hamlet, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1974
  • Ghosts, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1974
  • Family Romances, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1974
  • Measure for Measure, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1975
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1975
  • All's Well That Ends Well, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1975
  • The Three Sisters, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1976
  • She Would If She Could, Greenwich Theatre Company, 1979
  • The School for Scandal, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA,1982
  • Hamlet, Warehouse Theatre, London, 1982, then Piccadilly Theatre,London, 1982
  • Long Day's Journey into Night, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City,1986
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford, England, 1987, then Barbican Theatre, 1988
  • (With Michael Hastings) The Emperor, Theatre Upstairs, London, 1987, then Royal Court Theatre, 1987
  • Andromache, Old Vic Theatre, 1988
  • One Way Pendulum, Old Vic Theatre, 1988
  • Bussy D'Ambois, Old Vic Theatre, 1988
  • The Tempest, Old Vic Theatre, 1988
  • (With John Wells) Candide, Old Vic Theatre, 1988-1989
  • The Liar, Old Vic Theatre, 1989-1990
  • King Lear, Old Vic Theatre, 1989
  • Operas
  • Arden Must Die, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 1974
  • Cosi fan tutte, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, England, 1974
  • The Cunning Little Vixen, Glyndebourne Theatre, Sussex, 1975
  • Rigoletto, Kent Opera Company, 1975
  • Orfeo, Kent Opera Company, 1976
  • Eugene Onegin, Kent Opera Company, 1977
  • The Marriage of Figaro, English National Opera, London, 1978
  • La traviata, Kent Opera Company, 1979
  • The Turn of the Screw, English National Opera, 1979
  • Arabella, English National Opera, 1980
  • Falstaff, Kent Opera Company, 1980 and 1981
  • Cosi fan tutte, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1982
  • Fidelio, Kent Opera Company, 1982 and 1983
  • The Magic Flute, Glasgow Opera House, Glasgow, Scotland, 1983
  • Rigoletto, New York City, 1984
  • Don Giovanni, English National Opera, 1985
  • Mikado, English National Opera, 1986
  • Tosca, English National Opera, 1986
  • The Barber of Seville, English National Opera, 1986
  • Don Giovanni, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Italy, 1990
  • La fanciulla del West, La Scala, 1991
  • Marriage of Figaro, Vienna State Opera, 1991
  • Katya Kabanova, Metropolitan Opera, New York City, 1991
  • Roberto Devereux, Monte Carlo, 1992
  • Die Gezeichnete, Zurich, 1992
  • Manon Lescaut, La Scala, 1992
  • Marriage of Figaro, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Italy, 1992
  • Cosi fan tutte, Maggio Musicale, 1994
  • Der Rosenkavalier, L.A. Music Center, Los Angeles, then Houston Grand Opera House, Houston, TX, 1994
  • La boheme, Maggio Musiale, then La Bastille, 1995
  • Pelleas et Melisande, Metropolitan Opera, New York City, 1995
  • La traviata, English National Opera, 1996-1997
  • Rigoletto, English National Opera, 1996-1997
  • The Mikado, English National Opera, 1996-1997
  • Carmen, English National Opera, 1996-1997
  • Der Rosenkavalier, English National Opera, 1996-1997
  • Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos, 1997
  • Mitradate, Re di Ponto, Salzburg, Austria, 1997
  • Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, 1998
  • Le nozze di Figaro, Metropolitan Opera, 1999
  • I Puritani, Bavarian State Opera, 2000
  • Tamerlano, Goethe-Theater, Bad Lauchstadt, 2001
  • The Mikado, Metropolitan Opera, 2001
  • Die Schweigsame Frau, Zurich, Switzerland, 2002
  • Also directed The Flying Dutchman, Frankfurt Opera, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (London debut) Out of the Blue, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1954
  • Between the Lines, Scala Theater, London, 1955
  • (Broadway debut) Beyond the Fringe, Edinburgh Festival, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1960, then Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1961, later Fortune Theatre, London, 1961, then John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Out of the Blue, Lyceum Theatre, 1960
  • Major Tours
  • Director
  • Twelfth Night, U.S. cities, 1969
  • Hamlet, U.S. cities, 1970-1971
  • Julius Caesar, U.S. cities, 1972
  • Television Director
  • Series
  • Plato's Dialogues, BBC, 1966, NET, 1971
  • The Body in Question, BBC, 1978, PBS, 1979
  • (And producer) Blake's Seven, 1980
  • Specials
  • What's Going On Here? (revue), NBC, 1963
  • The Drinking Party (also known as Plato's Symposium), 1965
  • Alice in Wonderland, BBC, 1966
  • From Chekhov with Love, BBC, 1968
  • The Merchant of Venice, 1973
  • King Lear (also known as Play of the Month: King Lear), 1975
  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You (also known as Omnibus: Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You and Whistle and I'll Come to You), BBC, 1978
  • The Taming of the Shrew (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew and The Complete Dramatic Works of WilliamShakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew), 1980
  • Timon of Athens (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Timon of Athens and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Timon of Athens), 1981
  • Antony & Cleopatra (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra), 1981
  • Othello (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Othelloand The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Othello), 1981
  • Troilus & Cressida (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Troilus & Cressida and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Troilus & Cressida), 1981
  • Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet, 1981
  • King Lear (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: King Lear and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: King Lear), 1982
  • The Beggar's Opera, 1983
  • Cosi fan tutte, Arts and Entertainment, 1986
  • Long Day's Journey into Night, Showtime, 1987
  • Television Producer
  • Specials
  • Alice in Wonderland, 1966
  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You (also known as Omnibus: Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You and Whistle and I'll Come to You), BBC, 1978
  • Executive producer, Jonathan Miller's Shakespearean Saga, BBC, 1979-1981
  • All's Well That Ends Well (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: All's Well That End Well and The Complete Dramatic Works of Williams Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well), 1980
  • Merchant of Venice (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice), 1980
  • The Taming of the Shrew (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew and The Complete Dramatic Works of WilliamShakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew), 1980
  • Timon of Athens (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Timon of Athens and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Timon of Athens), 1981
  • Antony & Cleopatra (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra), 1981
  • Othello (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Othelloand The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Othello), 1981
  • Troilus & Cressida (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Troilus & Cressida and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Troilus & Cressida), 1981
  • The Winter's Tale (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale), 1981
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream), 1981
  • Henry VI, Part One (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part One and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part One), 1983
  • Henry VI, Part Two (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part Two and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part Two), 1983
  • Executive producer, Madness, BBC, 1991
  • Television Work
  • Other
  • Editor, Monitor, BBC, 1964-1965
  • Opera director, Rigoletto, 1982
  • Stage director, The Mikado (also known as The Town of Titipu), PBS, 1987
  • Opera director, La fanciulla del West, 1991
  • Stage director, Le nozze di Figaro, PBS, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, The Body in Question, BBC, 1978, PBS, 1980-1981
  • Host, States of Mind, BBC, 1983
  • Host, Madness by Jonathan Miller, PBS, 1992
  • Jonathan Miller on Reflection, 1998
  • Specials
  • Himself, Roger Daltrey, 1983
  • (As Jonathan W. Miller) The Long Hot Summer, 1985
  • Messenger, San Francisco Ballet in Cinderella, PBS, 1985
  • Cosi fan tutte, Arts and Entertainment, 1986
  • Omnibus, ABC, 1988
  • Jonathan Miller on Acting in Opera, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • "Dudley Moore," A&E Stage, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Anatomy of Horror, UPN, 1995
  • Backstage/Lincoln Center, PBS, 1995
  • Himself, Some Interesting Facts about Peter Cook, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Tempo, ATV, 1961
  • The Jack Parr Show, NBC, 1962
  • A Trip to the Moon, CBS, 1964
  • Various, Beyond the Fringe, BBC, 1964
  • Books of Our Times, 1964
  • Intimations, BBC, 1965-1966
  • Sunday Night, BBC, 1966
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1974
  • Review, BBC, 1974
  • Edge, PBS, 1991
  • Himself, Ruby, 1997
  • Himself, "The Goons," Heroes of Comedy, 1997
  • Opera director, "Puccini," Great Composers, PBS, 1999
  • (In archive footage) The Sketch Show Story (also known as Victoria Wood's Sketch Show Story), BBC, 2001
  • Also appeared on The Johnny Carson Show, NBC; Russell Harty Plus One, LWT; Did You See ... ?, BBC; and The David Susskind Show, syndicated.
  • Miniseries
  • The Talk Show Story, 2000
  • Film Director
  • Take a Girl Like You, Columbia, 1970
  • Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe (also known as Pleasure atHer Majesty's), 1977
  • (And producer) Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet, 1981
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Kirby Groomkirby, One Way Pendulum, Paramount, 1965
  • Various characters, Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe (also known as Pleasure at Her Majesty's), 1977
  • (As Dr. Jonathan Miller) Himself (director), Shylock, 1999
  • (As Dr. Jonathan Miller) Theatre director, William Shakespeare, 2000
  • Radio Work
  • Director of programs, including Saturday Night on the Light and Monday Night at Home, both for BBC-Radio.
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Series
  • The Body in Question, 1980-1981
  • Television Specials
  • Alice in Wonderland, BBC, 1966
  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You (also known as Omnibus: Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You), 1968
  • Madness by Jonathan Miller, PBS, 1992
  • Other Television Works
  • Beyond the Fringe, 1964
  • "The Anne Hutchinson Story," Profiles in Courage, NBC, 1965
  • From Chekhov with Love, 1968
  • The Body in Question, BBC, 1978, PBS, 1979; published as The Body in Question, Random House, 1978
  • Plays
  • (With Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, and Dudley Moore) Beyond the Fringe, S. French, 1963
  • (With Michael Hastings) The Emperor (adapted from a book by Ryszard Kapuscinski), produced at Theatre Upstairs, London, 1987, then Royal CourtTheatre, 1987
  • Nonfiction
  • Harvey and the Circulation of the Blood, Grossman, 1968
  • Marshall McLuhan (biography), Viking, 1971, published in England as McLuhan, Fontana, 1971
  • Editor, Freud: The Man, His World, His Influence, Little, Brown, 1972
  • (With Borin Van Loon) Darwin for Beginners, Norton, 1982
  • States of Mind: Conversations with Psychological Investigators, Pantheon, 1983
  • The Human Body, illustrations by David Pelham, Viking, 1983
  • The Facts of Life, illustrations by Pelham, Viking, 1984
  • Subsequent Performances, Viking, 1986
  • Editor, The Don Giovanni Book: Myths of Seduction and Betrayal, Faber and Faber (London), 1990
  • Also contributor to periodicals, including New Yorker, New YorkHerald Tribune, Partisan Review, Commentary, Spectator, and New Statesman.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Opera, St. James Press, 1993
    • International Dictionary of Theatre, Volume 3: Actors, Directors, and Designers, St. James Press, 1996
    • Romain, Michael, editor, A Profile of Jonathan Miller, Cambridge University Press, 1991
    Periodicals
    • Economist, July 12, 1997, p. 77
    • Nation, January 12, 1998, p. 31
    • Opera News, June, 2002, p. 20

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