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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 Noble is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Adrian Noble age 67 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.

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Alan Ayckbourn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Alan Ayckbourn age 78 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 ...more

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Alan Rickman age 69 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 ...more

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Andrew Lloyd Webber age 70 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 ...more

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Antony Holland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Antony Holland age 98 Antony Holland CM is an English actor, playwright, and theatre director. Currently he lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Brian Bedford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Brian Bedford age 83 Brian Bedford is an English actor. He has appeared on the stage and in film, and is known for both acting in and directing Shakespeare.

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Christopher Robbie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Christopher Robbie age 79 Christopher Robbie is a British actor, television announcer, theatre director and designer, playwright and photographer. He trained as an actor at RADA in London, and has had a distinguished ...more

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David Leveaux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
David Leveaux age 60 David Leveaux is a British theatre director who has been nominated for five Tony Awards as director of both plays and musicals. He directs both in the UK, working at the Royal Shakespeare ...more

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Declan Donnellan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Declan Donnellan age 64 Declan Donnellan is an English film/stage director and author. He co-founded the Cheek by Jowl theatre company with Nick Ormerod in 1981. In 1992, he received an honorary degree from the ...more

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Di Trevis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Di Trevis age 70 Diane Trevis is an English theatre director.

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Edward Larrikin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Edward Larrikin age 31 Edward Liam Bea Gregory-Leeson is an English musician, performer, writer and curator. Previously the lead singer for Larrikin Love in which he performed under the stage name Edward Larrikin, he ...more

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Estelle Winwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Estelle Winwood Died at 101 (1883-1984) Estelle Winwood was an English stage and film actress who moved to the United States in mid-career and became celebrated for her wit and longevity.

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Eva Le Gallienne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Eva Le Gallienne Died at 92 (1899-1991) Eva Le Gallienne was an English theatrical actress, producer and director during the first half of the 20th century.

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Fanny Fitzwilliam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Fanny Fitzwilliam Died at 53 (1801-1854) Frances "Fanny" Elizabeth Fitzwilliam was the actress daughter of Robert Copeland, manager of the Dover theatrical circuit. As "Miss Copeland" she made her name at the Surrey ...more

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George Layton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
George Layton age 75 George Layton is an English actor, director, screenwriter and author. He was educated at Belle Vue Boys' Grammar School in Bradford and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where ...more

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Gillian Lynne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Gillian Lynne age 92 Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, DBE is a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre/television director, noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical ...more

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Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Harold Pinter Died at 78 (1930-2008) Harold Pinter, CH, CBE was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than ...more

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Henry Woolf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Henry Woolf age 88 Henry Woolf is a British actor, theatre director, and teacher of acting, drama, and theatre who lives in Canada, and a longtime friend and collaborator of 2005 Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, ...more

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James Whale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
James Whale Died at 68 (1889-1957) James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man and Bride of ...more

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John Dexter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
John Dexter Died at 65 (1925-1990) John Dexter was an English theatre, opera, and film director.

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John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
John Gielgud Died at 96 (1904-2000) Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH, was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who ...more

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Jonathan Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Jonathan Miller age 83 Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller, CBE is a British theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humourist, and medical doctor. While training in medicine, and specializing in ...more

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Julia McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Julia McKenzie age 77 Julia McKenzie is a much lauded English actress, singer and theatre director. She is best known to television audiences for her performance in Fresh Fieldsand its sequel 'French Fields', and ...more

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Katherine Hare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Katherine Hare age 39 Katherine Elizabeth Hare is an English theatre director.

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Katie Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Katie Mitchell age 53 Katrina Jane Mitchell, OBE is an English theatre director. She is an Associate of the Royal National Theatre.

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Lindsay Anderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Lindsay Anderson Died at 71 (1923-1994) Lindsay Gordon Anderson was a British feature film, theatre and documentary director, film critic, and leading light of the Free Cinema movement and the British New Wave. He is most widely ...more

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Mark Rylance is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Mark Rylance age 58 David Mark Rylance Waters, known professionally as Mark Rylance, is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. He has appeared in films such as Prospero's Books, Angels and Insects, ...more

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Michael Attenborough is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Michael Attenborough age 68 The Honourable Michael John Attenborough, CBE is an English theatre director. His father was actor Richard, Lord Attenborough and his mother is actress Sheila, Lady Attenborough. He is the ...more

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Ned Sherrin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Ned Sherrin Died at 76 (1931-2007) Edward George "Ned" Sherrin, CBE was an English broadcaster, author and stage director. He qualified as a barrister and then worked in independent television before joining the BBC. He ...more

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Nicholas Hytner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Nicholas Hytner age 61 Sir Nicholas Robert Hytner is a theatre and film director. He was previously the Artistic Director of London's National Theatre. His major successes while director include Miss Saigon, The ...more

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Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Noël Coward Died at 74 (1899-1973) Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a ...more

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Peter Brook is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Peter Brook age 93 Peter Stephen Paul Brook CH, CBE is an English theatre and film director who has been based in France since the early 1970s.

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Peter Byrne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Peter Byrne age 90 Peter James Byrne is an English actor and director. He was born in West Ham, London, educated at grammar school and trained at the Italia Conti Stage School. He made his name by playing George ...more

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Peter Glenville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Peter Glenville Died at 83 (1913-1996) Peter Glenville was an English film and stage actor and director.

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Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Peter Ustinov Died at 83 (1921-2004) Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, ...more

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Ramin Gray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Ramin Gray age 54 Ramin Gray is an English theatre director and currently Artistic Director of ATC Theatre.

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Reginald Denham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Reginald Denham Died at 89 (1894-1983) Reginald Denham was an English writer, theater and film director, actor and film producer. Denham was born in London, England, in 1894. He spent a good part of his career directing Broadway ...more

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Richard Eyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Richard Eyre age 75 Sir Richard Charles Hastings Eyre CBE is an English film, theatre, television and opera director.

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Robert Perkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Robert Perkins age 52 Robert Perkins is a British actor, theatre director, TV director and film director.

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Ronald Eyre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Ronald Eyre Died at 63 (1929-1992) Ronald Eyre was an English theatre director, actor and writer. Eyre was born at Mapplewell, near Barnsley, Yorkshire and he taught at Giggleswick School. He became a leading director for the ...more

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Rupert Goold is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Rupert Goold age 46 Rupert Goold is an English theatre director. He is the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre. Goold was the artistic director of Headlong Theatre Company.

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Sam Buntrock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Sam Buntrock age 42 Sam Buntrock is an English stage director. Buntrock studied Drama at University of Bristol. Buntrock directed the first West End revival of the musical Sunday In The Park With George. The ...more

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Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Sam Mendes age 52 Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing the comedy-drama film American Beauty, which earned him the Academy Award and ...more

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Samuel West is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Samuel West age 51 Samuel Alexander Joseph West, also known as Sam West, is an English actor and director. He is perhaps best known for his role in the film Howards End and his work on stage.

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Sebastian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Sebastian Shaw Died at 89 (1905-1994) Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television ...more

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Simon Callow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Simon Callow age 68 Simon Phillip Hugh Callow, CBE is an English actor, musician, writer, and theatre director.

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Simon McBurney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Simon McBurney age 60 Simon Montagu McBurney, OBE is an English actor, writer and director. He is the founder and artistic director of the Théâtre de Complicité, London.

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Stephen Daldry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Stephen Daldry age 57 Stephen David Daldry, CBE is an English director and producer of both film and theatre. He has won the Tony Award for his work on Broadway, and has directed several feature films that have been ...more

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Stephen Unwin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Stephen Unwin age 58 Stephen Unwin is an English theatre director. Stephen read English at the University of Cambridge, where he directed many student productions, including an award-winning production of Measure ...more

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Terry Hands is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from England
Terry Hands age 77 Terence David "Terry" Hands is an English theatre director. He ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for two decades during one of the company's most successful periods.