Noel Willman was born on August 4, 1918 in Londonderry, Ireland. He died on December 24, 1988 in New York City, USA. He trained with Michel St Denis at the London Theatre Studio.
On tour in 1940 with The Beggar’s Opera, with Michael Redgrave produced by John Gielgud, at the Kings Theatre Glasgow, Willman as acting ASM stood in for Redgrave as Macheath at short notice, when Dunstan Hart the normal understudy was also ill. He became known for his sinister character roles, and enjoyed some success in Hammer horror films. Tyrone Guthrie prompted his decision to develop his career as director.
In November 1961 he won a ‘Tony’ award for his direction of ‘A Man of All Seasons’ on Broadway.
In his later years he directed Katherine Hepburn in off-Broadway shows in New York.
- Peter Cauchon, St Joan
- Director, The Beheading
- Director, Ring Round the Moon
- Director, Gentle Jack, H M Tennent Ltd
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Claudius, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company
- Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company
- Director, A Man For All Seasons
- Director, It’s The Geography That Counts, St James’s Theatre
- / Director, The Devil’s Disciple
- Director, All’s Well That Ends Well, Royal Shakespeare Company
- The Interrogator, The Prisoner, Globe Theatre
- Director, The White Carnation
- Daker, Accolade, H.M. Tennent, in association with Joshua Logan and Leland Hayward
- Sir Joseph Wrathie, Shall We Join The Ladies? by J.M. Barrie
- Chorus; Tawm, The Boy with a Cart
- Pandarus, Troilus and Cressida, Royal Shakespeare Company
- Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company
- Osric, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company