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Gracie Otto’s The Last Impresario – Michael White

Michael White
Michael White

Michael White may be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. Playboy, bon vivant and the man who transformed Britain’s cultural scene in the 1970s, his fascinating life story is now the subject of Gracie Otto’s The Last Impresario, a documentary film which is a vibrant portrait of the enfant terrible of London’s theatreland.

Born in 1936, Michael White was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, and after working as a Wall Street runner in New York City in the 1950s, he took an interest in theatre. His career in theatre began when he became assistant to Sir Peter Daubeny at the World Theatre in London. At the age of 26, White produced his first West End play, a production of Jack Gelber’s The Connection. To see what followed, watch Gracie Otto’s The Last Impresario!

The theatre and film impresario played a pivotal role in the industry producing more than 200 shows and films during the last 50 years. He is responsible for bringing to the stage the censorship challenging erotic review Oh! Calcutta! and seminal productions such as The Rocky Horror Show and A Chorus Line. He has produced immensely influential films such as Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, My Dinner With Andre and John Waters’ Polyester. Michael White is also the man who introduced Yoko Ono, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to the World stage.

THE LAST IMPRESARIO Official Trailer (2014) HD

Now in his late seventies and still living the party lifestyle, he has a set of friends that reads like a veritable who’s who of A-list celebrities including Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, John Cleese, Yoko Ono, Naomi Watts, John Waters, Richard O’Brien and Barry Humphries. Fifty of his closest friends including the aforementioned, along with the man himself contribute to this eye-opening film with interviews about this larger-than-life character.

Otto pays a fitting tribute to one of life’s true originals in this a feature documentary about the man who changed British culture one show at a time.

The Last Impresario arrives in cinemas on 26 September 2014 courtesy of Dogwoof.

Dogwoof is the UK’s leading documentary film distributor. Founded in 2004, initial releases focussed on social issues: Black Gold was widely credited with shifting Starbucks’ position on fairtrade, The Age of Stupid led to the 10:10 campaign, and The End of the Line was largely responsible for Marks & Spencer and Pret a Manger changing their sustainable fishing policy. Notable Dogwoof successes include: the 2011 Oscar® Nominated Restrepo, 2012 Oscar® Winning Undefeated, and Ken Loach’s stirring documentary The Spirit of ’45, which was launched in a simultaneous broadcast across 40 plus UK cinemas, supported by both the BFI and an online project by Film 4.0. Most recently BAFTA-nominated Blackfish, the stirring story of Tilikum the Killer Whale, was released with the most international press for any Dogwoof release; and The Act of Killing won the BAFTA for Best Documentary.


  • Neil Cheesman

    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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