David Farr is both a writer and director and joined the RSC as an Associate Director in 2009.
In 2013 David will be directing Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
In 2012, he led an ensemble company on a project entitled 'What Country Friends is This?' for the World Shakespeare Festival. This trilogy of Shakespeare plays explores migration, exile and shipwreck in the Shakespearean imagination. David directed Twelfth Night and The Tempest.
In 2011 he directed The Homecoming by Harold Pinter and collaborated with Filter Theatre on Silence, a devised piece which he directed at Hampstead Theatre. He has also directed two major Shakespeare productions with the long ensemble company, A Winter's Tale and King Lear (2009/10).
Before the RSC
Before joining the RSC David was Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith from June 2005 where he was Joint Chief Executive with Executive Director Jessica Hepburn.
At The Lyric he adapted and directed The Magic Carpet, Ramayana, The Odyssey and the hugely successful new version of Kafka's Metamorphosis, a collaboration with Icelandic actor/director Gisli Orn Gardarsson which played in three separate Lyric runs, toured nationally and is now heading out on an international tour. At The Lyric he also directed the acclaimed devised piece Water with Filter Theatre and directed productions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Birthday Party. In his time at the Lyric the theatre was established as a driving force in physical and visual theatre attracting a young audience and with one of the strongest financial positions in London.
Prior to The Lyric, his production of Tamburlaine starring Greg Hicks played at The Barbican main stage in autumn 2005 to rave reviews. In the same year, his play The UN Inspector, a free adaptation of Gogol's The Government Inspector, opened at The National Theatre (Olivier) in his own production, starring Michael Sheen.
For the RSC David wrote and directed a new play Night of the Soul at The Pit in 2001. He subsequently directed the award-winning Coriolanus (starring Greg Hicks) which opened at the Swan, toured nationally and was transferred by Duncan Weldon into London's Old Vic Theatre.
David also directed Julius Caesar which played at the Swan, toured nationally, and came into the Lyric Hammersmith in David's opening season there. David was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London from 1995 to 1998, where his work earned him a reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in British theatre.
He was subsequently Joint Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic from 2002 - 2005 until he left to take over the Lyric. At Bristol he directed seven shows including his versions of Paradise Lost and The Odyssey and winning the TMA Best Director Award for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As a playwright, David's work includes The Nativity at the Young Vic, The Danny Crowe Show at the Bush Theatre, Elton John's Glasses at Watford Palace and West End, Crime and Punishment in Dalston at the Arcola, and Night of the Soul.
He is published by Faber and Faber and his plays have been performed in the USA, Israel, and all over Europe. He writes regularly for the television series Spooks and his screenplay Hanna was filmed by Focus Features in 2011, directed by Joe Wright. His short comedies The Queen Must Die and Ruckus in the Garden have been part of NT Connections 2003 and 2007. David wrote The Heart of Robin Hood for our winter season in 2011, which was directed by Gisli Orn Gardarsson.
David has also worked at the Almeida Opera, the National Theatre of Czech Republic and Gavella Theatre Zagreb.