John Tiffany

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John Tiffany
Born c. 1971
Occupation Director

John Tiffany is an English theatre director. He directed the internationally successful productions Black Watch and Once. He has won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.

Early life and career[edit]

Tiffany was brought up near Huddersfield, England. His mother was a nurse, also a chorus girl; his father was an engineer, and also played in a brass band.[1] As a youth, he participated in the Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir and held jobs at Boots UK and a restaurant.[2] He initially studied biology at Glasgow University, but switched to classics and drama.[1]

Tiffany's theatrical background is in "developing and directing new plays at Scottish theaters".[3] He was literary director at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre from 1997 to 2001.[4] He then began his working association with Vicky Featherstone, becoming Associate Director at UK new writing touring theatre company Paines Plough, from 2001 to 2005, where Featherstone was Artistic Director.[5]

National Theatre of Scotland[edit]

After Featherstone was named founding Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) in late 2004, she hired Tiffany again, as Associate Director of New Work at the NTS.[2][4][5][6][7] Tiffany's earliest success with the NTS was his direction of the highly regarded 2006 production of Black Watch.[3][8] Tiffany's other NTS productions included an adaptation of Peter Pan, which played in Glasgow, in April to May 2010, and then toured to London, Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen;[1] a version of The Bacchae, starring Alan Cumming as Dionysus;[8] and Macbeth, as co-director with Andrew Goldberg, in which Cumming plays all the roles.[9]


James Bond movie producer Barbara Broccoli acquired the stage production rights for Once, which is based on the 2006 musical film by the same name, and subsequently recruited Tiffany to produce it after seeing his Black Watch at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.[10]

Tiffany collaborated on Once with longtime friend and choreographer Steven Hoggett, with whom he had also worked on Black Watch.[3] Although the two had been close friends since 1987,[2][3] they did not collaborate until 2003 when they worked on The Straits by Gregory Burke. Once marked their seventh collaboration.[3]

Tiffany directed the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Once in 2011–2012. He won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for his direction of Once.[11] Among the artistic decisions that Hoggett and Tiffany made was the decision to eliminate the choreography from several works including "Falling Slowly", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008.[3] He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Once at the 66th Tony Awards.[12] Tiffany also received a 2012 Obie Award special citation (along with Once colleagues Hoggett and Martin Lowe).[13][14] Once earned 11 Tony Award nominations, more than any other production for the 2011–12 season.[12]

Recent work[edit]

In 2013, he directed a production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, which transferred to Broadway.[15] The work earned him a second Best direction of a play Tony Award nomination.[16] However, he lost out to Kenny Leon who directed A Raisin in the Sun.[17] Tiffany most recently has directed the London stage production of "Let The Right One In", the best selling vampire romantic novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist.[18]


  1. ^ a b c Higgins, Charlotte (5 April 2010). "John Tiffany: from 'Black Watch' to 'Peter Pan'". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Harries, Rhiannon (5 April 2010). "How We Met: John Tiffany & Steven Hoggett". The Independent. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Healy, Patrick (22 February 2012). "For This Duo, the Mantra Is 'Action!'". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "The joy of worrying over this crucible of creativity". 27 January 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "John Tiffany". Casarotto Ramsay. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Robinson, Rebecca Charlotte (2009). From theory to practice : The National Theatre of Scotland, 1999–2009 (PhD). University of Glasgow. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "More big names join star cast at National Theatre". 27 January 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Gardner, Lyn (5 August 2007). "'I want to seduce the audience'". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Macbeth". National Theatre of Scotland. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  10. ^ English, Paul (6 April 2012). "Black Watch director John Tiffany turns back on Hollywood offers for job in Glasgow Tramway Theatre". Daily Record. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "2012 Drama Desk Award Winners Announced"., Inc. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Gans, Andrew (10 June 2012). "Broadway's Big Night! Neil Patrick Harris Hosts 66th Annual Tony Awards June 10". Playbill. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Sheward, David (22 May 2012). "'4000 Miles,' 'Milk Like Sugar,' Linda Lavin Top Obie Winners". Back Stage. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "The 2012 Obie Award Winners". The Village Voice. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Hetrick, Adam (27 April 2012). "Once Director John Tiffany to Helm Glass Menagerie at A.R.T.; Season Announced". Playbill. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Hetrick, Adam (13 May 2014). "Pippin, Glass Menagerie, Andrea Martin, John Tiffany and Will Lyman Are Elliot Norton Award Winners". Playbill. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "". USA Today. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Rep, Dundee (9 June 2014). "Let the Right One In – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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