Michael Redgrave
Biographical Information
Born March 20th, 1908
Bristol, England
Died March 21st, 1985
Denham, England
Productions The Beggar's Opera as Captain Macheath
Oh! What a Lovely War as General Sir Henry Wilson
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as Sir Danvers Carew
Vocal Type Tenor

Michael Redgrave was a British actor and director.


Born in Bristol, England, Redgrave studied at Clifton College and initially became a schoolmaster before later joining the Liverpool Repertory Company where he met and married Rachel Kempson. Soon after he made a number of appearances in Shakespeare plays (the most succesful being As You Like It), appeared in films including The Lady Vanishes and Mourning Becomes Electra (for which he gained an Academy Award nomination), and gained critical acclaim throughout the 1950s whilst on tour with the Stratford company. Upon his return to Britain, he played the role of Uncle Vanya to enormous success.

Redgrave also directed several plays and adapted other works for the stage, and was knighted in 1959, often becoming cited as one of Britain's greatest actors. He fathered a large family of actors, including son Corin and sisters Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave.

Redgrave passed away in 1985.


Redgrave sang three times in his career, on stage as the roguish Macheath in The Beggar's Opera, and twice onscreen; firstly as General Sir Henry Wilson in Oh! What a Lovely War and secondly singing the solo "Danvers's Blessing" in the musical film Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.


Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

  • When You Wore a Tunic (contains solo lines)

Dr. Jekyll & Hyde (1973)

  • Danvers's Blessing (solo)


The Beggar's Opera (1940)

  • At the Tree I Shall Suffer (solo)
  • How Happy Could I Be With Either (solo)
  • The Charge is Prepared (solo)