David Farr (theatre director)

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David Farr is a British writer, theatrical director and Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.[1]


Farr was brought up in Surrey and educated in Guildford and the University of Cambridge (English Literature double first).


Farr began directing theatre at University and won the Guardian Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1991 with Slight Possession starring Rachel Weisz. His professional directorial debut came at The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill under Stephen Daldry. Farr became Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre at the age of twenty five and had that role from 1995 to 1998. He was also Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic from 2002 to 2005[2] and Lyric Hammersmith[3] from 2005 to 2009. In 2009 he joined Royal Shakespeare Company as Associate Director.[1] He wrote regularly for Spooks for the BBC and is a film writer having co-written the Joe Wright film Hanna, released in 2011.

Professional productions[edit]


  • Elton John's Glasses (Watford Palace Theatre and West End 1996)
  • The Danny Crowe Show (Bush Theatre 2002)
  • Crime and Punishment in Dalston (Arcola Theatre 2002 and 2003)
  • The Queen must Die (National Theatre, 2003)
  • Ruckus in the Garden (National Theatre 2007)
  • Night of the Soul (Royal Shakespeare Company 2002)
  • The UN Inspector (adaptation from Gogol 2006) Faber 2005 and bilingual edition (French/ English) Presses Universitaires du Mirail 2008 http://w3.pum.univ-tlse2.fr/~The-UN-inspector-L-inspecteur-des~.html
  • Metamorphosis (adaptation from Kafka 2006)
  • The Heart of Robin Hood (Royal Shakespeare Company 2011/12 season)



  1. ^ a b "RSC - David Farr". Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  2. ^ Christiansen, Rupert (13 November 2002). "Innovator ready for a fight - Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Arendt, Paul (21 October 2004). "Farr says bye to Bristol". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  4. ^ National Theatre 2005
  5. ^ Guardian October 2005
  6. ^ Michael Billington The State of the Nation p.395
  7. ^ Independent Sept 2006
  8. ^ Evening Standard 13th May 2008
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph 22nd Oct 2007
  10. ^ Times Oct 2008
  11. ^ Daily Telegraph April 2009
  12. ^ Whatsonstage Feb 2010