Vivian Matalon (11 October 1929 – 15 August 2018) was a British theatre director.

Born in Manchester, Matalon began his career as an actor in a series of forgettable British films, but his greatest success has been as a director of West End, Broadway and regional theatre productions. His West End credits include Bus Stop with Lee Remick and Keir Dullea, I Never Sang for My Father with Raymond Massey and The Glass Menagerie with Anna Massey. He was artistic director for three years at the Hampstead Theatre, where his productions included Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing and the European premiere of Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams.

Matalon served on the Artistic Advisory Board of New York City's New World's Theatre Project, which makes late 19th and early 20th century Yiddish plays accessible to contemporary audiences in modern English translations.

He died from complications of diabetes in August 2018, at the age of 88.[1]


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  1. ^ Vivian Matalon, Tony-Winning Director, Is Dead at 88 The New York Times, 21 August 2018