Richard Mangan is a Lancastrian by birth and inclination. He has worked in regional theatre, the West End, the National Theatre and abroad as a stage hand, electrician, actor, administrator and director.
He has been lucky enough to work with some of the great names in British theatre – Olivier, Richardson, Gambon, Jacobi, Peggy Ashcroft and Maggie Smith. He has also worked in major drama schools, training actors and stage mangers. For twenty years he was director of The Mander & Mitchenson Collection, one of the country’s greatest archives. In 2004, he edited John Gielgud’s letters for publication and is currently preparing Noël Coward’s papers for transfer to their new home at Birmingham University.