Sean Mathias (director, actor)
born 1956 in England
Sean Mathias began his career as an actor in the TV series Survivors in 1977. He continued acting in minor roles but very soon began to further his career as a director.
He directed his first play Exceptions in 1988 and continued directing in London as well as on Broadway. Amongst his first pieces was Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
Mathias became artistic director of the Royal Haymarket Theatre in 2009 and opened his season with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. He had been working with McKellen several times before and the two of them had even been a couple for some years.
In 2013/2014 he directed McKellen and Stewart again in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, this time on Broadway.
Although Mathias is best known as a theatre director he directed the movie Bent in 1997 which won Best Feature Film in the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
Mathias married his partner Paul de Lange in South Africa in 2007.
He is co-owner of the pub The Grapes in London which he bought in 2011 with business partners Ian McKellen and Evgeny Lebedev.
(Source: wikipedia, Keith Stern: Queers in History)