Gregory has been our Artistic Director since September 2012.

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Gregory Doran
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Gregory was officially appointed as the RSC's Artistic Director on 14 September 2012, and took up the reins properly in January 2013. He programmed his first season from September 2013. 

In 2017 Greg will revive his celebrated production of Shakespeare’s epic poem Venus and Adonis which will perform in the Swan Theatre for a limited run.  And to round off the year he will direct a new adaptation of Robert Harris’ best-selling trilogy of novels about the great Roman politician Cicero by Mike Poulton.  Entitled Imperium, The Cicero Plays, and played over 2 performances this theatrical event will open in the Swan Theatre in November 2017.

On 23 April 2016, to mark Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death, Greg will direct Shakespeare Live! In a unique collaboration with the BBC, and hosted by David Tennant, this special event will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across the performing arts. In June 2016 he will direct King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role. Bringing this special Shakespeare anniversary year to a close, he will direct The Tempest, with Simon Russell Beale returning to the RSC as Prospero, which will open in November. In collaboration with Intel and in association with Imaginarium Studios, the production will conjure Prospero’s magical island in an innovative new staging.

Greg directed Henry V in Autumn 2015, before reviving Richard II and Henry IV Parts I & II, and all four plays performed together for the very first time at the Barbican Theatre under the banner King and Country from November 2015 until January 2016, launching the RSC’s celebrations of the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death. The productions will then embark upon a tour to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in February and March 2016 - the first time we have taken the work from our main repertoire to the People’s Republic - before finally arriving at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York for a month long residency in April and May 2016. 

In 2015, the centenary year of Arthur Miller's birth, Greg directed a production of Miller's great American tragedy, Death of A Salesman, with Antony Sher as Willy Loman, Harriet Walter as Linda Loman, and Alex Hassell as their son, Biff. The production opened in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in April 2015, and transferred to the Noel Coward Theatre in London for limited run from May 2015.

In 2014, Greg directed Henry IV Parts I & II with Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, and Alex Hassell as Hal. Both productions open in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in April 2014, and played in Stratford-upon-Avon through the summer before travelling to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in October 2014. After a short UK tour in October and November 2014, the productions transferred to the Barbican Theatre, London in December 2014.

In Autumn 2014 Greg directed The Witch of Edmonton. Written by Dekker, Middleton and Ford the production saw Eileen Atkins return to the RSC in her 80th birthday year. The show played in the Swan Theatre in October and November 2014.

In October 2013 Greg reunited with David Tennant, directing Richard II in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The production then transferred to the Barbican Theatre in December 2013. In May 2013 we announced 'Live From Stratford-upon-Avon', a new programme to screen our productions live from Shakespeare's home town, in collaboration with Picturehouse/Cityscreen Cinemas, and with Ravensbourne to stream the production straight to UK schools. Richard II was the first RSC production to play live to cinemas around the world on 13 November 2013. His productions of Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II were broadcast live on 14 May and 18 June 2014 respectively, and Henry V was broadcast on 21 October 2015. King Lear was broadcast on 12 October 2016 and The Tempest was broadcast on 11 January 2017.

He directed for the World Shakespeare Festival and directed The Orphan of Zhao in the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the Worlds Elsewhere Season.

In 2012 he directed an acclaimed Julius Caesar Julius Caesar set in modern Africa for the World Shakespeare Festival, and directed the Chinese classic, The Orphan of Zhao, in the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the Worlds Elsewhere Season in the same year. 

His other recent RSC productions include: Written on the Heart, Cardenio, Morte d'Arthur, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Love's Labour's Lost. Other productions for the Company in the UK and internationally include: Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, All's Well That Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew (and The Tamer Tamed), Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, Othello, Merry Wives The Musical, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, King John, Timon of Athens, All Is True (Henry VIII), Venus and Adonis (in collaboration with The Little Angel Theatre), Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, Oroonoko by Biyi Bandele (after Aphra Behn), The Odyssey adapted by Derek Walcott, Jubilee by Peter Barnes, and The Canterbury Tales in an adaptation by Mike Poulton.

In 2002, Greg led a season of five seldom-performed Jacobean and Elizabethan plays and directed The Island Princess by John Fletcher. Greg and the Company enjoyed a sell out season at The Swan Theatre and a run at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End, and received an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year. In 2005 he led the Gunpowder season in the Swan, directing Ben Jonson's Sejanus in this season of neglected Jacobean works.

His production of Hamlet, with David Tennant in the title role, won The Whatsonstage Best Regional Production and Theatre Event of the Year in 2009.

Elsewhere, his productions include: Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai by Mike Poulton and Shochiro Kawaii (Tokyo 2009 and 2012, Sadlers Wells 2013), The Merchant of Venice (Tokyo 2007), York Millennium Mystery Plays (York Minster), Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound (Donmar Warehouse Productions – Comedy Theatre), The Giant by Antony Sher (Hampstead Theatre), Mahler's Conversion by Ronald Harwood (Aldwych Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Market Theatre Johannesburg and RNT Studio – TMA Award for Best Production), Twelfth NightUlysses (in Dermot Bolger's adaptation, Philadelphia), A Midsummer Night's Dream (NY State University),The Joker of Seville (Walcott/McDermott musical, Boston/Trinidad), Edward Bond'sSeptember (Canterbury Cathedral), Someone to Watch Over Me (Theatr Clwyd), Two Dogs and Freedom (Sadlers Wells and Channel 4). As Artistic Director of Century Theatre: The Importance of Being EarnestBedroom FarceAn Inspector CallsPrivate Lives. As Associate Director of Nottingham Playhouse: Long Day's Journey Into Night,Waiting For GodotThe Norman ConquestsHesterThe Rose and The Ring.

His filmed version of Hamlet (BBC2/Illuminations) was broadcast in the UK on Boxing Day 2009 and in the US on PBS. His other film work includes: Macbeth (Channel 4 / Illuminations) and A Midsummer Night's Dreaming (BBC4 documentary based on research for his own production); and he directed extracts from various Shakespeare plays for Michael Wood's BBC series, 'In Search of Shakespeare'. Illuminations also filmed his World Shakespeare Festival production of Julius Caesar, which was broadcast on BBC4 as part of the BBC's Shakespeare season for the Cultural Olympiad in June 2012.

With the British Library, Greg compiled two highly successful CDs of extracts from live recordings of great performances from Stratford since the late fifties: Essential Shakespeare LIVE!, and Essential Shakespeare ENCORE!

His writing credits include Woza Shakespeare! co-authored with Antony Sher about their production of Titus Andronicus in South Africa in 1995, The Shakespeare Almanac in 2009, and Shakespeare's Lost Play: In search of Cardenio in 2011.

Greg began his career with the RSC as an actor in the 1987-88 season, becoming an Assistant Director in 1989. He was made an Associate Director in 1996, and became Chief Associate Director in 2006. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Huddersfield, the University of Nottingham, the University of Bristol, the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham. He was also the 2012-13 incumbent of the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama at Oxford University.

On 13 February 2017 Greg will give the sixth annual Shakespeare Lecture in honour of Professor Stanley Wells. Greg delivered the 2016 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, which was broadcast on 16 March 2016. In June 2012 he received the Sam Wanamaker Award from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, an annual award that recognises and celebrates work which has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

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