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 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.[1] He is one of Britain’s most respected theatre directors with an international reputation.[2]

Early years[edit]

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.[citation needed].

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.

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 is a director who assisted Hands on his final production at Clwyd). 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

Awards and nominations[edit]


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Who's Who in the Cast". playbillvault. Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  2. ^ Green, Michael. "Mold Clwyd Theatr Cymru to stage Hamlet as artistic director's swan song". wikipedia. Retrieved 2015-05-23. 

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