Previously at Chichester directed The Rehearsal (which he also translated) and The Water Babies; composed music for Talking Heads and The Scarlet Pimpernel (also West End); translated The Coffee House, Scapino, Saturday, Sunday…and Monday and Seven Doors; and co-wrote the book for A Damsel in Distress.
Directing includes Peter Grimes (Grange Park Opera); The Wizard of Oz (West End, Toronto, US tour; WhatsOnStage Award for Best Musical Revival); La Perichole (Garsington Opera); Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory/Trafalgar Studios); The King andI (Royal Albert Hall); The Sound of Music (West End, UK tour, Toronto; Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Musical Production); 13 (Broadway); Donkey’s Years (West End and UK tour); Little Britain (London and UK tour); Noises Off (National Theatre, West End and Broadway); Passion (West End); Wild Oats, Marat/Sade (National Theatre); The Wind in the Willows (Old Vic and Tokyo); Two Pianos Four Hands, Neville’s Island, Spend Spend Spend (West End); What the Butler Saw (Theatre Royal Bath and tour); Benefactors (West End and UK tour); Die Fledermaus (also translator, Metropolitan Opera).
Translations include Edmond de Bergerac (Birmingham Rep and tour); The Rehearsal (Almeida and West End); The Miser, Mary Stuart (National Theatre); Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise,Schanengesang (Ryedale Festival and Wigmore Hall); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, The Merry Widow (Royal Opera House); Figaro’s Wedding, La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Wagner’s Ring Cycle (ENO).
He has composed for film and television including Le Weekend,Hyde Park on Hudson,Enduring Love (Ivor Novello Award), The Mother, Persuasion (BAFTA Award); The Wind in the Willows and Arcadia (National Theatre); and many plays for the RSC.
His adaptations include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London and New York); and he created The Enchanted Island for the Metropolitan Opera.