Sir Richard Eyre
Director and Producer
Richard Eyre was Director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973 – 1978 and was producer of BBC Play For Today from 1978 to 1980. He was Director of the National Theatre from 1988 – 1997 where his productions included Comedians, Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, Hamlet, Racing Demon (also on Broadway), Richard III (also world tour), Night of the Iguana, Skylight (also on Broadway), Amy’s View (also on Broadway), King Lear and The Invention of Love. Since then his work includes the musicals Mary Poppins (also on Broadway), Betty Blue Eyes and The Pajama Game, Vincent in Brixton (also on Broadway), Private Lives (also on Broadway)The Crucible (on Broadway),his own adaptations of Hedda Gabler and Ghostsat the Almeida Theatre and later in the West End. His TV and feature films include Iris, Notes on a Scandal, Tumbledown, and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. He has directed opera at Covent Garden,in Aix-en-Provence, inBaden-Baden, and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has published four books. He has received many theatre, film and TV awards, was knighted in 1997 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011.