Michael is an award-winning stage director. He directed the current production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the National Theatre, which runs until March 2017 and received exceptional reviews when it opened in November 2016 in the Olivier.
His Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 and receiving 4 Olivier nominations. Constellations transferred to Broadway, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson to stunning reviews in January 2015. He also directed Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut at the Roundabout Theatre, New York in Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.
He has developed and directed new plays across the UK including Adam Brace’s Stovepipe; a promenade co-production with the National Theatre, which featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Theatre of the Decade’ list.
Michael is also a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic (Dirty Butterfly) and a Fringe First (Guardians).
He trained in directing at Mountview after reading Philosophy at Nottingham University. Michael is currently an Associate Director for Nuffield Theatre.
In 2015, the Evening Standard named Michael as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners.
A newly married American couple in Paris start to discover their lives are not as perfect as they imagined.
Adaptation of Tony Kushner's poignant and exuberant musical. First performed at Chichester Festival Theatre. Coming to Hampstead Theatre March 2018.
A razor-sharp comic drama about ambition, office warfare and hierarchies, where the only thing that matters is moving up the ladder and selling out to the highest bidder.
National Theatre's production of Peter Shaffer's modern classic.
Second Run announced January-February 2018
A play about the invisibility of older women and what it takes to have it all.
Michael directs Simon Stephens' new play, a reimagination of Bizet's opera Carmen.
Broadway transfer of Nick Payne's play about a relationship between a man and a woman that plays out in multiple different ways in parallel universes.
Constellations has been nominated for the Drama League Awards 2014-2015 for Outstanding Production of a Broadway of Off-Broadway Play and Distinguished Performance Award.
New production of the John Ford classic.
Michael Longhurst directs Joshua Harmon's viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy
Caryl Churchill’s play about a man who, at the age of 35, learns that he is not an only child
Starring Nick Payne in the Jerwood Upstairs
Patrick Marber's play is about male camaraderie and obsession, set in the gritty world of amateur poker
New play about contemporary China
American début of Nick Payne's incisive look into an ordinary family
Play about voyeurism, power and guilt, winner of Jerwood Directors Award 2007