a story lives forever
Register
Sign in
Form submission failed!

Stay signed in

Recover your password?
Register
Form submission failed!

Web of Stories Ltd would like to keep you informed about our products and services.

Please tick here if you would like us to keep you informed about our products and services.

I have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions.

Please note: Your email and any private information provided at registration will not be passed on to other individuals or organisations without your specific approval.

Video URL

You must be registered to use this feature. Sign in or register.

NEXT STORY

Philosophy and neurology

RELATED STORIES

University
Jonathan Miller Theatre director
Comments (0) Please sign in or register to add comments

I got a scholarship to Cambridge in 1952 and I went up in ‘53, by that time with a view to doing natural sciences with a view to getting what was then called a First MB.  In other words natural science degree to get what was, in fact, the first exam which qualified you to go to a medical school and start doing clinical studies.

But I had a very good time at Cambridge and I enjoyed doing zoology and I also did a…. I of course did anatomy and physiology.  So by that time it was quite clear that I was on my way to becoming a doctor, though I hadn’t got much of an idea about what sort of doctor I was going to be.  That would, I suspect, I thought would turn out as time went on.

Initially studying medicine at Cambridge, Sir Jonathan Miller came to prominence with the production of the British comedy revue, Beyond the Fringe. Following on from this success he embarked on a career in the theatre, directing a 1970 West End production of “The Merchant of Venice” starring Laurence Olivier. He also started directing opera, famously producing a modern, Mafia-themed version of “Rigoletto”.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: Cambridge University, 1952, 1953

Duration: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2008

Date story went live: 23 December 2008