Murray, Braham

Braham Murray was a British theatre director. He was born to Jewish parents in 1943. His name was later changed from Goldstein to Murray when his mother re-married. Murray attended the Jewish house at Clifton College, Bristol and then read English at University College, Oxford, where he directed many student productions. He co-wrote and directed Hang Down Your Head and Die (1964) for the Experimental Theatre Club at the Oxford Playhouse, which later transferred to the Comedy Theatre in London and to Broadway. In 1965, Murray was appointed artistic director of Century Theatre, which became the resident company at the University Theatre in Manchester. Murray was one of five founding artistic directors of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, which was opened by Laurence Olivier in 1976. As one of Britain’s longest-serving directors, Murray’s productions range from classics to musicals and operas, including Ronald Harwood’s The Good Companions (1974), Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan (1996), Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer (2006), and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie (2008). Murray worked with many of Britain’s leading actors, like Sir Tom Courtenay, Vanessa Redgrave, John Mills, Judi Dench, and Maureen Lipman.

In 2010, Murray received the OBE for services to drama. He stepped down as the Royal Exchange Theatre’s artistic director in 2012. Braham Murray died in July 2018.