Michael Rudman’s career as a Director began at the Nottingham Playhouse, where he was Assistant Director and Associate Producer to John Neville from 1964-1968. He went on to become Director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh from 1970-1973, after which he took up the post of Artistic Director at Hampstead Theatre until 1978. In 1977, while Michael was Artistic Director, Hampstead Theatre was presented with the Evening Standard Award for Special Achievement.
In 1978 Michael was invited to join the National Theatre by Sir Peter Hall, where he directed 12 plays. He was Director of the Lyttelton Theatre from 1979-82. He continued there as an Associate until 1988, after which he went to the Chichester Festival Theatre as the Director for the 1990 season. From 1992-94 Michael was Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres.
Directing credits include: Chin Chin (Theatre Royal Windsor & Bill Kenwright UK Tour, 2013), The Old Masters (Longwharf Theatre, 2011), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Comedy Theatre, 2010), Berlin Hanover Express (Hampstead Theatre, 2009), A Man For All Seasons (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2006), Present Laughter (Theatre Royal Bath), Fallen Angels (Globe Theatre), The Heiress (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Measure For Measure (New York Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Making It Better (Criterion Theatre), Our Betters, Tallulah, The Admirable Chrichton, Mansfield Park (Chichester Festival Theatre), Fathers and Sons, Ting Tang Mine, Waiting For Godot, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Magistrate, Measure For Measure, The Second Mrs Tanquarey, Harlequinade, The Browning Version, Thee and Me, Death of a Salesman, (National Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Broadhurst Theatre, New York; starring Dustin Hoffman & John Malkovich – winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival, 1984), Taking Steps (Lyric Theatre), Gloo Joo (Hampstead & Criterion Theatre), Clouds (Hampstead & Duke of York’s Theatre), Alphabetical Order (Hampstead & The Mayfair Theatre), The Ride Across The Lake Constance (Hampstead & Mayfair Theatre), Donkey's Years (Globe Theatre), Hamlet (Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Centre, Broadway), Black and White Winstrel, Curtains (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), The Changing Room (Longwharf Theatre & Morosco Theatre, New York).
As a Writer, plays include: Short List (Hampstead Theatre, 1983; starring Bernard Hill & Ian McKellen), Moll Flanders (Nottingham Playhouse, 1966)
Michael’s book I Joke Too Much: The Theatre Director’s Tale was published in 2014.