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List of notable or famous theatre directors from England, with bios and photos, including the top theatre directors born in England and even some popular theatre directors who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English theatre directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These theatre directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known theatre director from England is included when available.

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This historic theatre directors from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English theatre directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous theatre directors from England?" These prominent theatre directors of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English theatre directors.

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Adrian Keith Noble is a theatre director, and was also the artistic director and chief executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003. ...more

Age: 67

Birthplace: Chichester, United Kingdom

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Alan Ayckbourn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
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Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE is a prolific English playwright. He has written and produced more than seventy full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1967. Major successes include Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests trilogy, Bedroom Farce, Just Between Ourselves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind, A Small ...more

Age: 78

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is well known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series. Rickman has also had a number of other notable film roles such as Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply, Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, Harry in Love Actually, P.L. O'Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure. ...more

Age: 72

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained a number of honours, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II for services to Music, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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