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Lotte Wakeham


Lotte recently directed an acclaimed production of THE WORLD GOES ROUND at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

Upcoming projects include directing the UK and European premiere of WONDERLAND by Frank Wildhorn, which will open at the Edinburgh Playhouse in January 2017, ahead of a 6 month number one tour.

Lotte recently opened the world premiere of THE BUSKERS OPERA by Dougal Irvine at the Park Theatre. Prior to THE BUSKERS OPERA, Lotte directed URINETOWN at Arts Ed, and her production of RUMPELSTILTSKIN by Matt Harvey and Thomas Hewitt Jones transferred to the MAC Theatre in Belfast, following its original run at the egg, Theatre Royal Bath. Lotte also recently opened the musical FANATICAL at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

In 2015 Lotte directed a new production of SWEET CHARITY at the Leicester Curve for the National Youth Music Theatre and a UK tour of TWELFTH NIGHT for London Contemporary Theatre. Lotte’s production of Roald Dahl’s DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, adapted by David Wood, toured the UK last year. She also directed UPPER CUT – a new play by Juliet Gilkes Romero at Southwark Playhouse, which was nominated for the Alfred Fagon Award 2015.

Her productions in 2014 included the first London revival of THE BEAUTIFUL GAME by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton, which ran at the Union Theatre; SPEND SPEND SPEND by Steve Brown and Justin Greene at the Bridewell Theatre, and RAPUNZEL by Youn Young Park and Susannah Pearse at Singapore Repertory Theatre.  She also directed a rehearsed reading of Peter Shaffer’s LETTICE AND LOVAGE for Chichester Festival Theatres.

Her current projects in development include: OUT THERE, a new musical by Olivier nominees James Bourne and Elliot Davis and FANATICAL, a new musical written by Matt Board and Reina Hardy.

Lotte is Associate Director of MATILDA for the RSC (West End and Broadway). The show won 7 Olivier Awards in 2012, including Best Director and Best New Musical, and on Broadway the production won 4 Tony Awards, and 5 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical.

Lotte was selected for the Old Vic New Voices Exchange to New York, where she directed the premiere of THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE by Jon Brittain at the Vineyard Theatre.  Lotte has worked as a guest director for LAByrinth Theatre Company in New York. Projects included a reading of DO SOMETHING PRETTY by Melissa Ross and a production of DATE ONE by Sharon Rothstein at the Flea Theatre in Tribeca.

Other theatre includes: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (UK tour); LIZZIE SIDDAL (Arcola Theatre) – winner of two Off West End Awards; THE KISSING-DANCE (Jermyn Street Theatre) – nominated for ‘Best Director’ in the Off West End Awards; AUSTENTATIOUS (Landor Theatre); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Network Theatre); ALLEGRO (Bridewell Theatre); THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (Electric Theatre); JEKYLL’S POTION (Vienna’s English Theatre/tour); FAIR TRADE (Edinburgh/tour); THINKING THE DEEP THOUGHTS (Old Vic); THE JUNCTION (Theatre 503); THE DIARY OF A NOBODY (Drill Hall); THE ‘LANGUAGE OF LOVE’ SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (Rose Theatre, Kingston); RAIN, STEAM AND SPEED (Etcetera Theatre); DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE (Little Hawks); THE THREEPENNY OPERA, INTO THE WOODS (Oxford Playhouse); PLAY ON WORDS (winner of the Cameron Mackintosh New Writing Festival 2007).

Lotte also directs for Versophiles: The Complete Works Project at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, for whom she has directed many rehearsed readings including: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, CORIOLANUS, HENRY IV Part 1, HENRY V, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, PERICLES and THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

Lotte has worked extensively as an assistant/associate director in the West End, for directors including Richard Eyre, Anna Mackmin, Roger Michell, Jeremy Sams and Matthew Warchus.  She trained at Oxford University and attended the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course.

Lotte’s radio directing work includes BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS (BBC Radio 4/Hat Trick) and a new version of MACBETH.


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