Previously at Chichester The Last Cigarette, The Pajama Game, The Stepmother.
Theatre includes Hamlet (Royal Court); Comedians, Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, The Government Inspector, The Futurists, The Voysey Inheritance, Racing Demon, Richard III, Night of the Iguana, Skylight, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Absence of War, John Gabriel Borkman, Amy’s View, King Lear, The Invention of Love, Vincent in Brixton, The Reporter, The Observer, Welcome to Thebes, Liolà (National Theatre); The Crucible (Broadway); Mary Poppins (West End/Broadway); The Dark Earth and the Light Sky and his own adaptations of Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, Little Eyolf (Almeida); Private Lives, Betty Blue Eyes, Quartermaine’s Terms, Stephen Ward, Mr Foote’s Other Leg (West End); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bristol Old Vic/West End); My Name is Lucy Barton (Bridge Theatre); The Bay at Nice (Menier Chocolate Factory); Blithe Spirit (Theatre Royal Bath).
Opera includes La traviata (ROH); Lenozze di Figaro,Carmen, Werther, Manon Lescaut (Metropolitan Opera).
Television includes The Insurance Man, Country, v., Tumbledown, Henry IV Parts I and II, The Dresser.
Films include The Ploughman’s Lunch, Iris, Stage Beauty, Notes on a Scandal, King Lear, The Children Act.
He is the author of Utopia and Other Places, National Service, Talking Theatre, What Do I Know and Place To Place.
He was Director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973 – 1978, Producer of Play for Today for BBC TV 1978 – 1981, and Director of the National Theatre from 1988 – 1997. He has received numerous theatre and film awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was knighted in 1997 and made a Companion of Honour in 2017.