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Born: 1940-01-14
Profession: Director
Nation: English
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You are faced with the choice: either my integrity remains intact and this is the work that ends up on the screen, or I have to leave, and I have to be known to have left.

Tags: Choice, Integrity, Work

In a way, I have to have a dictatorship. I can't be told that I'm wrong. That conflicts with what I was saying earlier about listening. It isn't to do with receiving criticism and responding to other views, it's who has that last decision.

Tags: Decision, Saying, Wrong

What you're doing is putting into professional play the way that you relate to other people, the way that you analyze and relate to a written text, the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything. It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself.

Tags: Humility, Sense, Yourself

A lot of performing instincts are involved in the business of direction, but so is analysis and having a sense of literature.

Tags: Business, Direction, Sense

I always believe it's better to have 30 imaginations working on a project, rather than one imagination telling the other 29 what to do.

Tags: Project, Rather, Working

I had a feeling about Shakespeare's soliloquies, that there should be a real exchange between the actor and the audience.

Tags: Between, Feeling, Real

I so wanted to perform, and I grasped every opportunity.

Tags: Grasped, Perform, Wanted

I've just taken the decision that I'm going to now go full time back into the theater.

Tags: Decision, Full, Time

If you feel very deeply about something, it's not possible to sacrifice your integrity about that.

Tags: Integrity, Possible, Sacrifice

One fine day I discovered that more complex plays really have to be directed.

Tags: Complex, Discovered, Fine

The film director, in many instances, has to swallow somebody else's decision about the final form of something. It's so hard as to be intolerable.

Tags: Decision, Else, Hard

I tend to arrive in the rehearsal process with very strongly developed ideas about what I want to do. But I don't like those ideas to be things that are not subject to change, or subject to development, or subject to challenge.

Tags: Challenge, Change, Ideas

I would be terribly disappointed if anything would get in the way of my being cast in something, or if performances were canceled. It was a fix that I obviously needed.

Tags: Cast, Fix, Needed

I've experienced a private doubt, something that I've kept deeply inside, and then eventually delivered a piece of work that people responded to with huge enthusiasm.

Tags: Doubt, Inside, Work

I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater, or the contemporary theater, or musical theater, or the thing that we call opera.

Tags: Between, Call, Feeling

If you can't fully believe in your ideas, it very quickly communicates to a group of actors who need something to hold onto. They need to believe that whatever criticism, whatever comment is received, is meant.

Tags: Criticism, Group, Whatever

If you're a director, your entire livelihood and your entire creativity is based on your self-confidence. Sometimes that's dangerously close to arrogance.

Tags: Arrogance, Creativity, Sometimes
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In my early years, my father was away as a soldier in the war. When he came back, work was very difficult to come by. Even though he was a highly skilled man, a maker of furniture, the payment for that work was very poor.

Tags: Father, War, Work

In my teens, I developed a passionate idolatry for a teacher of English literature. I wanted to do something that he would approve of more, so I thought I should be some sort of a scholar.

Tags: Teacher, Thought, Wanted

In the commercial theater, I've been pretty fortunate. The producers that I've worked with have allowed me to define the artistic integrity, the artistic limits of the work.

Tags: Integrity, Pretty, Work

Peter Hall was just organizing the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was going to be an ensemble, it was going to be in repertory, it was going to have a home in London as well as in the Midlands, and all of those things were happening at that time.

Tags: Company, Home, Time

So, through all that early professional career I would occasionally do a musical, a pantomime or a play with songs. The next stop would be a Shakespeare, or an Ibsen, or a play by a brand new writer who had never done anything in the theater before.

Tags: Career, Done, Next

The first big break was winning a scholarship to go to Cambridge University. I was very lucky, because my parents couldn't have afforded a university education for me. Without a scholarship I couldn't possibly have gone.

Tags: Education, Parents, Winning

The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted most to bring off was a fully fledged professional production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford.

Tags: Bring, Off, Wanted

When I was 13 years old, a professional theater company in my town needed a kid actor. I auditioned, and I got the part, so for just a few weeks I became a member of the company and I met some professional actors.

Tags: Actor, Few, Old

When I was at Stratford, the very first thing that I was commissioned to work on was trying to make a musical out of the documentary material about the General Strike, which was the next big historical event in England, after the First World War.

Tags: Trying, War, Work