Trevor Nunn was educated at Downing College, Cambridge and in 1962 he won an ABC Director’s scholarship to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry where as resident Director his productions included The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Peer Gynt and a musical version of Around the World in Eighty Days.
In 1964, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and became an Associate Director in 1965 before becoming the company’s youngest ever Artistic Director in 1968. He was responsible for running the RSC until he retired from the post in 1986. His productions for the RSC included The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Relapse, The Alchemist, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, Henry VII, Hamlet, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Once in a Lifetime, Three Sisters, Juno and the Paycock, Othello (the final production at the Other Place Theatre), The Blue Angel and Measure for Measure (the first two productions in the new Other Place Theatre).
With his colleague John Caird he co-directed Nicholas Nickleby (winner of five Tony Awards), J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Les Miserables, which won eight Tony Awards and became the most performed musical in the world.
In 1982 he opened the RSC’s new London home, The Barbican Theatre, with his production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I and II.
1986 saw the opening of The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, which he conceived, and for which he directed one of the first productions, The Fair Maid of the West.
Outside the RSC, he has directed the Tony Award-winning Cats and Starlight Express for Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chess, The Baker’s Wife, Timon of Athens and, at Glyndebourne, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and most recently, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.
His television work includes Antony and Cleopatra (BAFTA award), The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby (Emmy Award), Word of Mouth and Othello.
He has also directed two films, Hedda and Lady Jane.
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