Distinguished director and actor Nicholas Martin died on April 30 at Beth Israel Hospital after a long illness. The Tony nominee was 75 years old.
Martin’s Broadway directing credits included Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, for which he received a Tony nomination, Present Laughter, Mauritius, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler and The Rehearsal. He appeared on the Great White Way in productions including Alice in Wonderland, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Pantagleize, Exit the King, You Can’t Take It With You, The Wild Duck, Right You are If You Think You Are and The School for Scandal. Off-Broadway directing credits included Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Saturn Returns, The New Century, Observe the Sons of Ulster, The Time of the Cuckoo, Chaucer in Rome, Fully Committed, Full Gallop, You Never Can Tell, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Sophistry and Bosoms and Neglect.
Martin served as the artistic director of Williamstown Theatre Festival 2008 through 2010, where his directing credits included Knickerbocker, She Loves Me, The Corn Is Green, Where’s Charley?, Camino Real, Dead End and The Royal Family among others. As artistic director of the Huntington Theatre Company from 2000 through 2008 he directed Bus Stop, The Corn Is Green, She Loves Me, Present Laughter, Persephone, The Cherry Orchard, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Sisters Rosensweig, Laughing Wild, The Rivals, Sonia Flew, The Rose Tattooo, Butley, Springtime for Henry, A Month in the Country, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Hedda Gabler, Fully Committed and Dead End.
Martin recently withdrew from a production of The Seagull at Huntington, citing personal reasons. He had been set to direct a production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the venue in January 2015.