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|Born||Terence David Hands
9 January 1941
|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 founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for thirteen years during one of the company's most successful periods and saved Clwyd Theatr Cymru from closure before turning it into the most successful theatre in Wales in his seventeen years as Artistic Director there. Terry Hands has received several Olivier, Tony and Moliere nominations for directing and lighting. He is one of Britain’s most respected theatre directors with an international reputation.
Hands was born at Aldershot, Hampshire, England. He studied at Woking Grammar School, University of Birmingham before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art leaving with the gold medal for acting. He then, in 1964, established the Liverpool Everyman.
Hands joined the Royal Shakespeare Company two years later in 1966 to run the Company's touring group, Theatregoround. He become joint Artistic Director with Trevor Nunn in 1978, and in 1986 sole chief executive.
In 1997, Hands became Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, which presents much of its work on tour in Wales and the rest of the UK, saving the theatre from closure. 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..
In 2015 Hands left his post as Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru after seventeen years in the post, having turned the theatre into the most successful in Wales.
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 is a director who assisted Hands on his final production at Clwyd). He is now married to director Emma Lucia.
- Theatregoround - Touring RSC
- 1966: The second shepherd's play
- 1966: The Proposal, Anton Chekhov
- 1967: The Criminals, José Triana
- 1967: The Dumb Waiter, Harold Pinter
- 1967-1968: Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas
- Chichester Festival
- 1995: Hadrian VII, Chichester Festival Theatre
- 1995: The Visit, Chichester Festival Theatre
- Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Awards and nominations
- 1978: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director – Henry VI
- 1983: Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Classical Director – Cyrano de Bergerac
- 1983: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director – Cyrano de Bergerac
- 1993: Evening Standard Awards for Best Director – Tamburlaine The Great'
- 1993: Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Director – Tamburlaine The Great
- Trowbridge, Simon: The Company: A Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oxford: Editions Albert Creed (2010) ISBN 978-0-9559830-2-3
- "Who's Who in the Cast". playbillvault. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
- Green, Michael. "Mold Clwyd Theatr Cymru to stage Hamlet as artistic director's swan song". wikipedia. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
- Terry Hands at the Internet Broadway Database
- Terry Hands at the Internet Movie Database
- The Company: A Biographical Dictionary of the RSC: Online database
- biography on filmreference.com