Terry Hands

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Terry Hands
Born Terence David Hands
(1941-01-09) 9 January 1941 (age 74)
Aldershot, England
Occupation Theatre director
Spouse(s) Josephine Barstow (1964-1967; divorced)
Ludmila Mikaël (1974-1980; divorced); 1 child
Emma Lucia (present)

Terence David "Terry" Hands (born 9 January 1941) is an English theatre director. He ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for two decades during one of the company's most successful periods.

Early years[edit]

Hands was born at Aldershot, Hampshire, England. He studied at Woking Grammar School, University of Birmingham and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1964 he established the Liverpool Everyman.


Hands joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 to run the Company's touring group, Theatregoround. He become joint Artistic Director with Trevor Nunn in 1978, and in 1986 chief executive.

In 1997, Hands became director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru which presents much of its work on tour in Wales and the rest of the UK. He was appointed CBE in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama. In October 2001 he resigned from his position as an advisory director of the RSC.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hands was married to soprano Dame Josephine Barstow (1964–1967) and actress Ludmila Mikaël with whom he had a daughter, actress Marina Hands. He has two sons, Sebastian and Rupert Hands (the latter has performed in two Clwyd Theatr Cymru productions). He is now married to director Emma Lucia.[citation needed]

Stage productions[edit]

Theatregoround - Touring RSC
RSC (Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Aldwych Theatre)
RSC at the Barbican Theatres and Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Chichester Festival
  • 1995: Hadrian VII, Chichester Festival Theatre
  • 1995: The Visit, Chichester Festival Theatre
Clwyd Theatr Cymru

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