Michael Attenborough (Distinguished Honorary Fellow)

Tuesday 11 July, 11am

Michael Attenborough was born in London and educated at Westminster School and the University of Sussex, where he was President of the Drama Society, graduating with a degree in English in 1972.   Over a forty-five year period as a theatre director and artistic director he has worked at many of the country’s most prestigious and influential theatres, including the Leeds Playhouse, the Young Vic, the National Theatre, the Royal Court, as Director of the Hampstead Theatre, (during which period the theatre won thirty three major awards), the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Almeida Theatre, where he served as Artistic Director from 2002 to 2013.  In 2012, he was presented with the Award for Excellence in International Theatre by the International Theatre Institute.  He stepped down from the Almeida to concentrate on a free-lance directing career; this has included productions in Australia and Washington, as well as touring productions in the UK and new works for the Hampstead Theatre and the Chichester Festival Theatre.  He is Director Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and holds an honorary degree from the University of Sussex, where he is Honorary Professor of English and Drama. He was appointed CBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to theatre.

In July 2009, the University of Leicester awarded Michael Attenborough the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.  His relationship with the University now includes his Patronage of the University’s Attenborough Arts Centre, named after his late father Lord Attenborough, who was the original Patron.  He is also, with his uncle Sir David Attenborough OM, a Patron of the University’s centenary 2018-21 celebrations.

Press comment:

“I am immensely honoured to receive this Distinguished Fellowship from the University that is so deeply embedded in the life of my family. The Attenborough Building and the Attenborough Arts Centre stand as visible testimony to that historic relationship and I feel incredibly proud to stand in some small way alongside my beloved grandfather, father and uncle.”

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