Lee Blakeley studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at Glasgow University. He was awarded a 2007 Churchill Travelling Fellowship.
Lee’s highly acclaimed 2010 production of A Little Night Music for Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, was followed by Sweeney Todd (2011, also USA), Sunday in the Park with George (2013), Into the Woods, The King and I (2014) and Kiss Me Kate (2016, also Luxembourg), all at the Châtelet.
In North America Lee Blakeley has directed Riccardo Primo and Macbeth for St Louis Opera; Rigoletto, La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, The Pearl Fisher and Madama Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera; Falstaff and Madama Butterfly for Los Angeles Opera; Orpheus and Euridice for Minnesota Opera and The Tales of Hoffmann for Canadian Opera.
Other productions include Il Turco in Italia for Angers Nantes Opera; Cosi fan Tutte at London’s Royal College of Music; Into the Woods for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; A Love for Three Oranges, A Night at the Chinese Opera (nominated for the 2008 TMA “Achievement in Opera” Award) and Die Fledermaus for Scottish Opera.
He directed a new musical, Pat Kirkwood Is Angry, at the Manchester Royal Exchange, which was also performed off Broadway and in London