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An accomplished playwright and director, Sean Mathias made an assured feature directorial debut with "Bent" (1997), adapted from Martin Sherman's 1979 play about the plight of homosexuals interred in concentration camps. Mathias imposed a highly theatrical and stylized look that cut to the heart of Sherman's work. He also elicited fine performances from leading actors Clive Owen and Lothaire Bluteau and effective cameos from veterans Mick Jagger and Ian McKellen and rising stars like Jude Law and Rupert Graves.
The Welsh-born Mathias began his showbiz career as an actor in the late 1970s in fringe productions. He made his film debut in a small role in Richard Attenborough's overblown WWII would-be epic "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) and went on to appear in small roles in "Priest of Love" (1981), the TV-movie "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (CBS, 1982) and "White Mischief" (1988).
By the early 80s, Mathias had also begun to make inroads as playwright. His first drama, "Cowardice," premiered in the West End starring Janet Suzman and Ian McKellen. Several of his other efforts, notably "Infidelities" and "A Prayer for Wings," premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before moving to commercial runs. He also adapted David Levitt's novel "The Lost Language of Cranes" (1992) for British television. Mathias added director to his list of credits beginning with "Exceptions" (1988). He staged an acclaimed revival of "Bent" in 1989 as a benefit, co-starring McKellen, Richard E Grant, Ian Charleson and Ralph Fiennes. Based on the critical and audience reaction, the play was revived the following year again with McKellen who was joined by Paul Rhys and Christopher Eccleston, among others. Mathias has since directed highly-praised productions of "Uncle Vanya" (1991), "Design for Living" (1994), "Les Parents Terribles" (also 1994 and on Broadway in 1996 under the title "Indiscretions") and "A Little Night Music" (1995).
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Film acting debut, small role in "A Bridge Too Far"
Began career as an actor, appearing in fringe productions in Edinburgh
Acted in the CBS TV-movie "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
Produced "Ian McKellen in Acting Shakespeare" which toured the world and was filmed and aired in the USA on PBS
Wrote the play "Cowardice"; produced in the West End starring Janet Suzman and Ian McKellen
His play "Infidelities" was first produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then transfered to the Donmar Wharehouse
Joan Plowright directed Mathias' play "A Prayer for Wings"; first produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring to a London theater
Appeared in the film "White Mischief"
Staged acclaimed revival of Martin Sherman's play "Bent"
Directed well-received stage production of "Uncle Vanya"
Wrote the teleplay for the BBC production "The Lost Language of Cranes" (shown in USA on PBS)
Directed West End productions of "Les Parents Terribles" and "Design for Living"
Staged an acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical "A Little Night Music", co-starring Sian Phillips and Judi Dench
Broadway debut as director, "Indiscretions", the retitled version of "Les Parents Terribles"; earned Tony nomination as Best Director
Directed the stage play "Marlene", starring Sian Phillips as Marlene Dietrich
Film directing debut, "Bent"
Directed Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra"
Staged the Broadway production of "Marlene", starring Sian Phillips
Helmed the revival of Strindberg's "Dance of Death", starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren
Directed the Off-Broadway play "Servicemen"
Was director of the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man", starring Billy Crudup