graduated from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 1967 with an English degree. He started his career at Liverpool Playhouse in 1967 as an ABC TV trainee
regional theatre director. In 1970 he became Artistic Director of
the Watermill Theatre, from 1970-72 Associate Director of the Traverse
Theatre, Edinburgh and from 1976-81 Administrative Director of The
Oxford Playhouse Company. From 1984-2012 he was Artistic Director
of the Tricycle Theatre in London.
He has directed productions in over 100 theatres around the world including the West End and New York; as well as for notable companies in Great Britain including The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, The Donmar Warehouse, The Hampstead Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Young Vic.
He is probably best known for the political work he did at Tricycle Theatre, where the verbatim plays he directed became known as the Tricycle Tribunal plays, and included The Colour of Justice (the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry), Nuremberg, Srebrenica, Bloody Sunday (Olivier Award for Special Achievement), Guantanamo & The Riots. Most of which were broadcast by the BBC, and two which were performed in the Houses of Parliament and on Capitol Hill.
In 2009 directed the 9 hour trilogy The Great Game - Afghanistan which was nominated for an Olivier award in London, and subsequently toured the USA; as well as two command performances for the Pentagon in Washington in 2011. One year later he directed a two part eight play series looking at the history of nuclear deterrence: The Bomb: a partial history.
He has also directed many plays in the USA: both regionally and in New York, on television for the BBC and for BBC radio. Most recently he directed David Greig’s Letter of Last Resort for BBC Radio 4, and his own translation of Jean-Claude Grumberg’s I just don’t believe it with Michael Gambon & Frances de la Tour at the 2013 Cheltenham Literary Festival.
In 2014 he produced the world premiere of
The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes by Rashid Razaq at the Arcola Theatre,
as well as an audio-tour of the famous stained glass windows at
St Mary's Church, Fairford, which featured amongst others: Lindsay
Duncan, Joanna Lumley, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Anne Robinson,
Jon Snow, Zoe Wanamaker and Richard Wilson.
In the Autumn of 2015 his series The Price
of Oil was broadcast for BBC Radio 4 . Two of the plays were chosen
in two successive weeks for R4's Pick of the Week. DELETE WHAT FOLLOWS
and he is currently working with Jemima Khan on four newly commissioned
plays on the subject of Drones, and on a commission for the National
Theatre with Gillian Slovo on a verbatim play about ISIS.
In 2016 he directed Another World at the
National Theatre and Drones, Baby, Drones at the Arcola Theatre.
For further information see the production
page and review page of this website
or his entry in Who's Who.