David Jones

David Jones, the respected if undersung English director who forged career relationships with major stage figures such as playwright Harold Pinter and actors Patrick Stewart and Ben Kingsley, and helped rehabilitate the reputation of Gorky as a playwright, died on Sept. 18, 2008, in Rockport, ME, where he lived. He was 74. Mr. Jones was hired by Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Peter Hall in the early 1960s. He directed dozens of plays there, registered a significant success with his productions of several of Russian writer Maxim Gorky's then-forgotten stage works. In the 1970s he directed Gorky's Enemies, The Lower Depths, Summerfolk and The Zykovs, all at the Aldwych Theater in London, where he served as artistic director. The productions were hailed as rediscoveries of important works of literature. Following their exposure in England, the plays were staged at various theatres in the U.S.

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  • Born: Feb 19, 1934 in Dorset, England
  • Death: Sep 19, 2008 in Rockport, ME