Cecil Antonio “Tony” Richardson (5 June 1928 – 14 November 1991) was an English theatre and film director and producer.
Richardson was born in Shipley, Yorkshire in 1928, the son of Elsie Evans (Campion) and Clarence Albert Richardson, a chemist. He attended Ashville College, Harrogate and Wadham College, Oxford.
Representative of the British “New Wave” of directors, he developed the ideas that led to the formation of the English Stage Company, along with his close friend George Goetschius and George Devine. He directed John Osborne’s seminal play Look Back in Anger at the Court, writing both the theatre and playwright into British theatrical history. In the same period he directed Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.
In 1959, Richardson co-founded Woodfall Films with John Osborne, and, as Woodfall’s debut, directed the film version of Look Back in Anger despite having no track record in making feature films (he had, however, been a pioneer in Britain’s… read more