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Peter Coe
Peter Leonard Coe

(1929-04-18)18 April 1929
Died25 May 1987(1987-05-25) (aged 58)
London, England
(car accident)
OccupationActor and director
Years active1959–1987
Spouse(s)4, including Maria Caday 1952
Tsai Chin 1958
Suzanne Fuller 1962
ChildrenOne son and two daughters

Peter Leonard Coe (18 April 1929 – 25 May 1987), was an English theatre director.

Early life

Coe was born in London 18 April 1929 and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Theatre career

After beginning as an actor, Peter Coe staged dramas, musicals and operas across several continents in a long career. His first London success came in 1959 with the musical Lock Up Your Daughters and by 1961 he had three hits running simultaneously. He also directed both the Australian and Broadway productions of Oliver! as well as its U.S. national tour and the 1983 London and 1984 Broadway revivals.

His operatic credits included The Love of Three Oranges, The Angel of Fire, and Ernani.

In 1981 Coe received an Antoinette Perry Award nomination as Best Director for A Life, and in 1982 he won the award for his revival of Othello.

He was thrice nominated for the Tony award on Broadway; in 1963 for Best Director (musical) for Oliver!, 1981 for Best Director (play) for A Life before winning for Best Director (drama) with Othello in 1982.

His theatre productions included:

His appointments included artistic director of the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Canada in 1980 and the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, United States. Prior to his death, he was the artistic director of the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.