Christopher Haydon

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Christopher Haydon
OccupationTheatre director

Christopher Haydon is a British theatre director and the current Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in London.[1] After graduating from Cambridge University, and training at Central School of Speech and Drama, Haydon became an associate director at the Bush Theatre and is also associated with the series of plays On Theatre that played at Soho Theatre.

For many years Haydon ran The Guardian's theatre blog, under his birth name Chris Wilkinson. He has contributed as a journalist on theatre to many other publications.

On Theatre[edit]

On Theatre[2] is a series of plays created by Mick Gordon often working with experts to explore key issues of everyday life; (e.g. On Death and On Emotion). Haydon supports and directs many of the plays including the play "On Religion" which went under the name Grace and "On Identity" which went under the name Pressure Drop which was a project involving Billy Bragg and his band.

Gate Theatre[edit]

In 2011 Haydon became the new Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, before taking over he directed Wittenburg by David Davalos which was well received and longlisted for Best New Play at the Evening Standard Awards. Since then he has announced a new season focusing on revolution and rebellion.[3] In researching some of the plays in the new season Haydon was arrested in Egypt alongside the playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak.[4]



  1. ^ Gate Artistic Director
  2. ^ On Theatre "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Christopher Haydon's New Season
  4. ^ Theatre Director Arrested
  5. ^ Fiona Mountford (12 November 2013). "Twelve Angry Men, Garrick Theatre - review". London Evening Standard. Alexander Lebedev/Evgeny Lebedev/Daily Mail and General Trust. Retrieved 24 January 2014.