Michael Bogdanov was born as the son of Russian and Welsh parents in 1963 and graduated from Trinity College in Dublin. In Ireland also began his more than 40 -year-old stage and film career, during which he called, among other things, two theater groups to life and produced for film and television, wrote and also directed.
In 1970, he joined as an assistant director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, worked with Peter Brook in the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jean Barrault to Rabelais. In the 1980s, he began his international career and directed, among others, Hamlet in Dublin, The Seagull in Tokyo, Measure for Measure in Canada and the world premiere of Stockhausen Monday from light at La Scala. 1980-1988 Bogdanov was Associoate Director of the Royal National Theatre. He directed eight productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including the award -winning production of Taming of the Shrew and Goethe's Faust Faust 1 and 2
Together with actor Michael Pennington in 1986 he founded the English Shakespeare Company and directed The Henrys and the consisting of seven pieces Cycle The Wars of the Roses, with whom he went on tour and in 1990 with the Olivier Award Award for Best Director. 1988-1992 was Bogdanov director of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, where he among other things, Julius Caesar ( with Gerhard Olschewski, Michael Degen, Ulrich Tukur, Paulus Manker, Christine Kaufmann, Christian Redl, Uwe Bohm and Dietrich Mattausch ), Reynard the Fox ( with Albert Kitzl ), Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas and Hamlet ( with Ulrich Tukur in the title role) directed. After countless successful international work in the theater and for television Bogdanov in 2003 founded the Wales Theatre Company and staged in the same year, The Servant of Two Masters at the Hamburg Chamber of gambling and the operetta Lady Hamilton at the Cologne Opera House. 2004 the BBC beamed its production The Welsh in Shakespeare and the musical Lone Star Love opened at the John Houseman Theatre in New York (the production was in 2005 for two musicals prices, Bogdanov nominated as Best Director ).
In January 2004, he published his book Shakespeare the Director's Cut: Volume 1, in October 2005, the follow-up volume. For his services to the theater, Michael Bogdanov, 2005, the title of Honorary Doctor of Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin was awarded. Under the theme One person can make a Difference, the director designed in January 2006 with great success the event to the British Holocaust Memorial Day in the Wales Millennium Centre.
In 2007 he received for his production of Waiting for Godot at the Hamburg Chamber of playing the Rolf- Mares Prize of the Hamburg theater.
In 2011, he opened with a Low German production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the new Hamburg Ohnsorg Theater on Heidi cable space.
In 2012 he staged the piece Four men in the fog by Tim Firth at the Hamburg Chamber of playing with the cast Stephan Benson, Karsten Kramer, Roland Renner and Peter Theiss.
Today he lives with his wife Ulrike and their two children in Cardiff, Wales.