Tom Morris (director)
Richard Thomas "Tom" Morris (born 22 June 1964 in Stamford, Lincolnshire) is an English theatre director, writer and producer. He was the Associate Director at the National Theatre in London, before taking over as Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic theatre in 2009.
Early life and education
Morris was born in 1964. He is the younger brother of satirist Chris Morris. He was educated at Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit boys' boarding independent school in Lancashire in north west England, and then read English Literature at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge from 1983-6.
From 1988 to 1994, Morris worked in broadcasting and journalism, as a critic and feature-writer for The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Observer, and appeared on BBC television and radio programmes Kaleidoscope, Night Waves and The Late Show. Morris was Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) before taking up his post at the National Theatre in 2004. In September 2009 Morris took over as Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic theatre. Here he oversaw a £20 million renovation of the building, as well as producing and directing new productions.
As well as directing many theatrical productions, Morris has also directed and produced several operas.
One interviewer said of Morris: "His tastes are catholic, and frequently risky, but they can produce some of the most inspired, inventive theatre in Britain today."
- 1999 Macbeth Director, BAC
- 2001 Jerry Springer: The Opera Producer, BAC
- 2005 Coram Boy Producer, National Theatre, Olivier
- 2007 A Matter of Life and Death Writer and Adaptor, National Theatre, Olivier
- 2007-2011 War Horse Co-director and Producer, National Theatre, Olivier; transferring to West End and Broadway.
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