William Campbell Rough Bryden
12 April 1942
|Spouse(s)||Deborah Morris (1970–1988) div|
Angela Douglas (1988–present, married 2009)
He has worked as a director at the Royal Court Theatre (1967–1971), the Royal Lyceum Theatre (1972–1975), the National Theatre (1975–1985); and as a visiting director in Glasgow and New York. In 1990, he directed Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, at the Royal Opera House. He has also done work for film and television, as screenwriter, director and executive producer.
He married Deborah Morris, a potter, in 1970 and they had two children. The couple divorced in 1988.
In 1988, he met actress Angela Douglas at a dinner party arranged by mutual friend Marsha Hunt. They have lived together in west London since, and were married at City Hall, New York City in February 2009.
National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C1316/11) with Bill Bryden in 2009 for its Legacy of the English Stage Company collection held by the British Library.
- 1972:Kidnapped – Royal Lyceum
- 1974: Spring Awakening – Old Vic
- 1974: Romeo and Juliet – Old Vic
- 1975: The Playboy of the Western World – Old Vic
- 1976: Watch It Come Down – Old Vic
- 1976: Il Campiello – National Theatre
- 1976: Counting the Ways – National Theatre
- 1977 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): The Passion – National Theatre
- 1977: Old Movies – National Theatre
- 1977: The Plough and the Stars – National Theatre
- 1978 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): Lark Rise – National Theatre
- 1978: American Buffalo – National Theatre
- 1978 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): The World Turned Upside Down – National Theatre
- 1978: The Long Voyage Home – National Theatre
- 1978: Dispatches – National Theatre
- 1979 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): Candleford – National Theatre
- 1980: Hughie – National Theatre
- 1980: The Iceman Cometh – National Theatre
- 1980: The Nativity – National Theatre
- 1980: The Crucible – National Theatre
- 1982: A Midsummer Night's Dream – National Theatre
- 1983: Glengarry Glen Ross – National Theatre (World Premiere)
- 1985: Doomsday, presented with The Nativity and The Passion, as the Mysteries from medieval Mystery plays in a version by Tony Harrison – National Theatre
- 1990: The Ship (writer & director) Harland & Wolff Shed, Govan, Glasgow
- 1994: A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev, starring Helen Mirren and John Hurt. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and West End
- 1994: The Big Picnic (writer & director) Harland & Wolff, Govan, Glasgow
- 2005: Romeo and Juliet – Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- 2005: The Creeper – Theatre Royal Windsor
Awards and nominations
- Fox, Sue (1994-08-14). "How We Met: Bill Bryden and Angela Douglas". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
- Kay, Richard (2009-02-26). "At last! Angela ties the knot". London: daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
- National Life Stories, 'Bryden, Bill (1 of 6) National Life Stories Collection: The Legacy of the English Stage Company', The British Library Board, 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2018