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Howard Davies (1945 - 2016)

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Howard Davies (1945 - 2016)

Howard Davies, an acclaimed British theatre director, died Oct. 25 after fighting cancer, according to his family. He was 71.

Davies was an important figure in British theatre, having directed for the stage since the early 1970s and won a number of awards. He was most associated with the Old Vic and the Royal National Theatre.

Among his notable productions was "The Cherry Orchard" for the National Theatre in 2011, broadcast to movie theaters worldwide as part of "National Theatre Live."

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Davies' award-winning productions included "The Iceman Cometh," for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award and London Critics Circle Award, and "All My Sons," for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award.

Davies came to Broadway in 1981 to direct a production of "Piaf," later returning for shows including "Les liaisons dangereuses" and a 1990 revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

In 2011, Davies was honored by being appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his achievements as a director.

National Theatre director Rufus Norris remembered Davies: "Howard achieved an almost legendary status within the industry. His work - particularly on the American, Russian and Irish canons - was unparalleled. His reputation amongst actors, writers, directors and designers alike was beyond question, and has been for so long that his name has become a byword for quality and depth."

Davies is survived by his wife, actress Clare Holman.

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