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Jonathan Miller

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Jonathan Miller was born in London in 1934 and educated at St Paul’s and St. John’s, Cambridge where he read Natural Sciences, later qualifying as a doctor. Making his acting debut in the Cambridge Footlights and springing instantly to fame at the Edinburgh Festival, in Beyond the Fringe, Jonathan Miller has had a versatile career as actor, satirist, broadcaster, writer and both theatre and opera director. Most recently, he has added sculpting and metal welding to his list of accomplishments.   

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2014

Jonathan Miller is one of the most multitalented Britons of his generation: an internationally celebrated opera and theatre director, a physician, writer and TV personality. Noted for his dazzling intelligence and anti-establishmentarian wit, he is one of postwar Britain's most intriguing intellectuals. 

In what will be only the second public conversation between Miller and his unofficial biographer, Kate Bassett – Miller has not read the book – he will contemplate the nature of the gaze and the relationship between looking at pictures and looking in pictures. These are ideas he has continued to develop since curating the 1998 National Gallery exhibition “Mirror Image: Jonathan Miller On Reflection”.

Miller will also discuss the nature of action; what he considers to be crucial skills in the craft of stage directing, and his theory of ‘subsequent performances’, which explains why there is no such thing as a definitive production and how dramas can be ‘renovated’ or gain ‘afterlives’ through ever-modulating productions and subjective viewings.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Jonathan Miller is one of the most multitalented Britons of his generation: an internationally celebrated opera and theatre director, a physician, writer and TV personality. Noted for his dazzling intelligence and anti-establishmentarian wit, he is one of postwar Britain's most intriguing intellectuals. 

2009

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Famously, Jonathan Miller can turn his hand and astonishing brain to anything. Always entertaining, and invariably instructive, the redoubtable raconteur revealed his passions and betes noires to Mark Lawson. 

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David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-fesitval event.