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Adam Spreadbury-Maher


Adam was born in Australia and now lives in London. He is the Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre in Islington. He is the co-founder and joint Artistic Director of OperaUpClose. In 2013 he founded the Hope Theatre.

In 2017 he will direct the 35th anniversary revival of Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean and a new version of Puccini’s Tosca for the King’s Head Theatre.

Previous directing work includes: Strangers in Between (King’s Head), La bohème (King’s Head) Trainspotting (King’s Head), A Tale of Two Cities adapted by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud (King’s Head & Australia), Dead Party Animals (Hope Theatre), Louis Nowra’s Cosi and Daniel Reitz’s Studies For A Portrait (White Bear), Peter Gill’s The York Realist and The Sleepers Den (Riverside Studios), Hannie Rayson’s Hotel Sorrento and a new play by Edward Bond, There Will Be More (Cock Tavern Theatre), and in Australia Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing and Joe Orton’s Loot.

For the Malmo Opera he directed Tosca (West End, King’s Head, UK and Sweden national tour) and for OperaUpClose Ballo (A Masked Ball) (King’s Head) and Madam Butterfly (King’s Head).

Producing work includes: Jack Hibberd’s A Stretch of the Imagination, the hit musical Pins and Needles, the landmark six-play Edward Bond retrospective (Cock Tavern Theatre) and Someone to Blame (King’s Head).

For OperaUpClose producing work includes: La Bohème; The Barber of Seville (or Salisbury); Cinderella (Emma Rivlin); Pagliacci; The Coronation of Poppea (Mark Ravenhill & Michael Nyman); The Turn of the Screw (Ed Dick); Manifest Destiny and Fanciulla del West (Robert Chevara); Don Giovanni (Robin Norton-Hale).

Adam won the 2009 Peter Brook Pub Theatre Award and 2010 Fringe Report Best Artistic Director Award for his work at The Cock Tavern Theatre. OperaUpClose’s production of La Bohème is the UK’s longest continually running opera in history and won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production and the Award for Best Off-West End production.