MIKE ALFREDS, born in London in 1934, trained in the USA and Israel. He burst on the scene with
Arabian Nights (1975) and
Bleak House (1977), the first two productions by Shared Experience, now one of the most successful companies in the UK. At the National he directed Ian McKellen, Sheila Hancock and Roy Kinnear in his own version of
The Cherry Orchard (1985). In the 1990s he ran Cambridge Theatre Company, later renamed Method and Madness.
By Mike Alfreds, available through Currency Press