Before becoming the Director of the theatre at Barrow-in-Furness in 1964, Giles Havergal was for a short time an actor on stage and television. He was Director of Watford Palace Theatre (1965-69) where his directing work included the British premiere of Tennessee William’s Sweet Bird of Youth. He was Director of the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow with Philip Prowse and Robert David Macdonald from 1969 to 2003. He directed 84 plays in Glasgow including works by Shakespeare, Brecht, Orton, Shaw, O’Casey, Sheridan and Arthur Miller. He has also directed 26 specially commissioned childrens’ Christmas productions.
His production of his adaptation of Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene was first presented in Glasgow in 1989 and then played in the West End where it won an Olivier Award in 1993, and off Broadway where it won a Drama Desk Award in 1995. His production of his and Robert David Macdonald’s adaptation of Death in Venice by Thomas Mann was first presented in Glasgow in 2000. It played at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, New York in 2002.
He has directed prolifically for Opera companies including Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Buxton Festival.