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Christopher Haydon

About Christopher Haydon

Christopher Haydon is a theatre and film director. He is currently artistic director of the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Prior to this he was artistic director of the Gate Theatre from 2012-2017 and from 2008-2011 he was associate director at the Bush Theatre. He was a 2017 fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme. Christopher studied and Cambridge University and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the National Theatre Studio, the Lincoln Center in New York and with Cicely Berry at the RSC.  He has twice been named in The Stage 100, a list of the hundred most influential people working in British theatre. His work as a director has won or been nominated for numerous awards including What’s On Stage Awards, Off West End Awards and Fringe Firsts as well as multiple awards at film festivals around the world.

As well as directing, he has worked extensively as a journalist. He has written for The Scotsman, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Stage and Prospect Magazine. Publications include The Art of the Artistic Director (Methuen – nominated for the Theatre Book Prize) Conversations on Religion, Conversations on Truth (Continuum), Identity and Identification (Wellcome Collection/Black Dog). He was a contributor to Adapting Translation for the Stage (Routledge). His report Where are the Workers? – Class Diversity in British Theatre Audiences was funded by the AHRC and can be downloaded from the Clore Leadership Programme’s website.

 

In Development

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • THE CAMP
    • Riverstone Pictures
    • THIS MODERN LOVE
    • Independent Entertainment/Paper Epic Productions
    • A collaboration with screenwriter Matt Jones and musician Kele Okereke – lead singer of the platinum selling band Bloc Party.

Film

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • TAMING OF THE SHREW
    • Globe Theatre/BBC iPlayer
    • TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA
    • Royal Court/Guardian
    • DEVIL IN THE DETAIL
    • Royal Court/Guardian
    • PASSAGES: A WINDRUSH CELEBRATION
    • Royal Court/Black Apron
    • Producer
    • LONGING TO BELONG
    • BBC
    • MARTHA
    • BFI Film
    • IN WONDERLAND
    • Film London
    • Winner of Best Drama at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival and longlisted for a BAFTA

Theatre

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • TWELVE ANGRY MEN
    • THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
    • Northampton Royal & Derngate
    • The world premiere of Barney Norris’ new adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel
    • LEAOPARDS
    • Rose Theatre
    • CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
    • Rose Theatre
    • Starring Carrie Hope Fletcher and nominated: Best Production, What’s On Stage Awards
    • THE CONVERT
    • Gate Theatre
    • GROUNDED
    • Gate Theatre
    • Also Traverse Theatre, Studio Theatre Washington DC, national and international tour, winner: Fringe FirsT, Best Production – Off West End Awards
    • DAIRY OF A MADMAN
    • Gate Theatre
    • THE IPHIGENIA QUARTET
    • Gate Theatre
    • THE CHRISTIANS
    • Gate Theatre
    • AlsoTraverse Theatre, winner: Fringe First
    • IMAGE OF AN UNKNOWN WOMAN
    • Gate Theatre
    • winner: Best Production – Off West End Awards
    • THE EDGE OF OUR BODIES
    • Gate Theatre
    • TROJAN WOMAN
    • Gate Theatre
    • PURPLE HEART
    • Gate Theatre
    • THE PROPHET
    • Gate Theatre
    • WITTENBERG
    • Gate Theatre
    • MACBETH
    • Manchester Royal Exchange
    • THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
    • Royal and Derngate, Northampton/Out of Joint
    • TRYING IT ON
    • China Plate/RSC/Royal Court/Traverse Theatre
    • ON THE EXHALE
    • China Plate/Traverse Theatre,
    • Released as an audiobook by Audible, winner: Fringe First)
    • THE CARETAKER
    • Bristol Old Vic/Royal and Derngate, Northampton
    • SIXTY-SIX BOOKS
    • Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey
    • IN THE BEGGINING
    • Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey
    • GRACE
    • On Theatre/Théatre Du Poche, Brussels, Belgium
    • PRESSURE DROP
    • n Theatre/Wellcome Collection
    • Starring Billy Bragg and his band (On Theatre/Wellcome Collection).