Born April 18, 1929, in London, England; died in an automobile accident, May25, 1987. Director Peter Coe practiced his art throughout the world, having staged musicals, dramas, and operas in Europe, North America, Israel, India, and Australia. His first London success came in 1959 with the musical Lock UpYour Daughters and by 1961 he had three hits running simultaneously--The Miracle Worker, The World of Suzie Wong, and Oliver!. He also directed both the Australian and Broadway productions of Oliver! as well as its U.S. national tour and the 1983 London and 1984 Broadway revivals. Among Coe's many other directing achievements were the Broadway productions of Golden Boy, 1964, and Ona Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1966, and the London productions of Barnum,1981, and Great Expectations, 1984. His operatic credits included The Love of Three Oranges, The Angel of Fire, and Ernani. In 1981 Coe received an Antoinette Perry Award nomination as Best Director for A Life, and in 1982 he wonthe award for his revival of Othello.
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