Michael White, the Scottish producer whose long list of largely U.K. stage and film credits includes Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has died. He was 80. The producer died March 8 of heart failure in Ojai, CA.
White was the subject of the 2013 documentary The Last Impressario. Watch the trailer above.
White, who received a 2014 special lifetime achievement Olivier Award, produced his first play on the West End in 1961 but made his breakthrough in 1970 when he, Robert Stigwood and Hillard Elkins produced the wildly controversial, nudity-loaded Oh! Calcutta in London. In the following years, White was involved in London productions of such touchstone musicals as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, A Chorus Line and Joe Orton’s groundbreaking plays Loot, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and What the Butler Saw.
On Broadway, he was a producer of Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth, and Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island.
Stage work led to films as White went on to produce or help produce. His first two films were the 1975 cult classics the Rocky Horror and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Later credits include My Dinner With Andre, the Rocky Horror follow-up Shock Treatment, concert documentary Urgh! A Music War, Eat the Rich, Nuns on the Run and John Waters’ Polyester.