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5th Peter Brook Lecture - Adrian Noble

DIRECTORS GUILD PETER BROOK LECTURE: ADRIAN NOBLE

The Directors Guild and event partner British Library were delighted to welcome Adrian Noble to deliver the fifth Directors Guild Peter Brook Lecture on Sunday 14 June 2015.


 
 Adrian Noble Ken Howard Genista McIntosh Sean Michael  

Adrian Noble's career spans 40 years in theatre and opera, pop, TV and film, from the Bristol Old Vic in the 1970s to opening his new production of The Importance of Being Earnest (with David Suchet as Lady Bracknell) at the Vaudeville Theatre this June (best wishes for that!). His many awards and the popularity of his shows with critics and audience alike bear testament to his career, and the Directors Guild are delighted he is giving this year's Peter Brook Lecture.

From 1980 till 1981 Adrian worked at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, notably directing a seminal production of The Duchess of Malfi with Helen Mirren and the late Bob Hoskins. In 1980 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as assistant director, was promoted to associate in 1988, but took a break a year later to work for the Peter Hall Company directing The Fairy Queen. He also worked at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Kent Opera and directed a production of Giovanni in a Paris circus tent - then returned to the RSC in 1991 as artistic director. He won the Globe Award for Best Director for The Winter's Tale and his popular production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1994) was revived in 1996 on Broadway and Adrian also adapted and directed the movie. Other RSC productions included: A Dolls House, A New Way to Pay Old Debts, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra, Henry V, Desert Air, As You Like it, Macbeth, Kiss Me Kate, The Art of Success, The Plantagenets, The Master Builder, The Seagull, The Secret Garden and Cymbeline.

After a long tenure at the RSC, he left in 1992 and has since directed several successful London West End musicals including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Secret Garden, and adapted Henrik Ibsen's play, Brand, for the London theatre in 2003 starring Ralph Fiennes. In 2008 he directed Hamlet for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada, and Alcina for the Vienna State Opera in 2010; also Xerxes for the Theater an der Wien and a revival of Macbeth for the Metropolitan Opera. He also worked with Kate Bush on her 2014 Before The Dawn tour.

Genista McIntosh (Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall) chairs the Lecture

Genista (Jenny) McIntosh was Executive Director of the Royal National Theatre 1990 - 1996 and again from 1997 - 2002, and was briefly Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House in 1997. Between 1972 and 1984, and between 1986 and 1990, she held a number of posts at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was a founder Trustee of NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) from 1998 to 2005 and currently serves on the Boards of the RSC, Southbank Sinfonia, the National Opera Studio and the Roundhouse Trust.




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