Michael Langham was the greatest theater mind I've known. I was lucky enough to be in the Guthrie company for five years, beginning with Michael's world premiere production of Alexander Solzhnitsyn's "A Play" in 1970. He had a special affinity for the Russian novelist having spent World War II in a German prison camp. Michael was the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival in Toronto for the twelve years following Guthrie's founding of it, and the seven year Artistic Director of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, again following Guthrie. If Guthrie was the sower of theater, Langham was the farmer who nurtured it to prosperity. His talent was equal to if not surpassing that of Guthrie, Brook and Hall. His sense of the psychology, wit and theatricality of Shakespeare was peerless. These interviews were made when Michael returned to Stratford to work with young directors in 2004. I hope you enjoy them. I think if he'd spent more time in England he'd have been "Sir". He wasn't concerned with such accolades, however. The theater was his love.
By Lance Davis