Theater: A Farewell to Soap Bubbles

Director Jonathan Miller quits the stage to return to medicine

It began as a two-week holiday job. Jonathan Miller, then a 26-year-old medical student, joined three fellow Oxbridge graduates in writing and performing a comic revue at the Edinburgh Festival. His collaborators were Alan Bennett, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Their insouciant, schoolboy-clever show became the London and Broadway hit Beyond the Fringe, and Miller's two-week lark turned into a celebrated 22-year career in the theater, primarily as a director.

Urbane yet intense, scholarly yet venturesome, Miller has controversially reworked the classics of theater and opera on stages from Britain's National Theater to...

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