Scottish Theater Director Bill Bryden Dies at Age 79

Scottish theater director Bill Bryden, whose notable productions include the world premiere of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” died on Jan. 5 at the age of 79.

Bryden’s family announced on Jan. 6 that the director died “peacefully.”

Artistic director and playwright David Greig described Bryden as “perhaps the greatest Scottish director of his generation.”

“So sorry to hear the death of Bill Bryden… he took Scottish stories to the world,” Greig said in a tribute on Twitter.

Bryden served as the associate director at the National Theater in London from 1975 to 1985 where he directed “Il Campiello,” “The Mysteries,” and “Lark Rise.”

Bryden’s theater work also included “The Ship” for Glasgow’s year as European City of Culture and “Son of Man” at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Pit.

Bryden also produced opera shows — “Parsifal” and “The Cunning Little Vixen” at the Royal Opera House and “The Silver Tassie” at the English National Opera.

Bryden also produced award-winning dramas at BBC Scotland, where he served as the head of drama from 1984 to 1993, including “Tutti Frutti.”

Bryden is survived by his actress wife Angela Douglas and his two children Dillon and Kate from his first marriage in 1970 to Deborah Morris.


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