David Farr (theatre director)
|Occupation(s)||Theatre director and writer|
David Farr (born 29 October 1969) is a British writer, theatrical director and Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Farr was brought up in Surrey and educated in Guildford and the University of Cambridge (English Literature double first).
Farr began directing theatre at University and won the Guardian Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1991 with Slight Possession starring Rachel Weisz. His professional directorial debut came at The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill in 1995 (aged 25) under Stephen Daldry. He was also Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic from 2002 to 2005 and Lyric Hammersmith from 2005 to 2009. In 2009, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as Associate Director.
He wrote regularly for Spooks for the BBC and is a film writer having co-written the Joe Wright film Hanna, released in 2011. Farr's adaptation of John le Carré's novel The Night Manager was aired in 2016 on BBC1. His first novel, The Book of Stolen Dreams, was published by Usborne in 2021.
- The Great Highway, by August Strindberg (The Gate Theatre 1993)
- The Boat Plays (The Gate Theatre 1994)
- Powder Her Face, by Thomas Ades (Almeida Opera 1995)
- The Nativity, by David Farr (Young Vic 2000)
- Coriolanus, by William Shakespeare (RSC and London Old Vic winner critics circle, best lead actor Greg Hicks 2003)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bristol Old Vic, winner best director TMS Awards 2002)
- The Odyssey (Bristol Old Vic 2004)
- The UN Inspector, by Gogol, adapted by David Farr starring Michael Sheen (National Theatre 2005)
- Tamburlaine, by Christopher Marlowe (The Barbican Centre, London)
- Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare (RSC and Lyric Hammersmith 2005)
- Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company 2012)
- Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (Lyric Hammersmith 2006)
- The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter (50th anniversary production, Lyric Hammersmith 2008)
- Water, a collaboration with Filter Theatre (Lyric Hammsermith 2007)
- Spyski, a collaboration with Peepolyskus (Lyric Hammersmith 2008)
- The Winter's Tale, by William Shakespeare (RSC 2010)
- King Lear, by William Shakespeare (RSC 2010)
- Elton John's Glasses (Watford Palace Theatre and West End, 1996).
- The Danny Crowe Show (Bush Theatre, 2002).
- Crime and Punishment in Dalston (Arcola Theatre, 2002 and 2003).
- The Queen Must Die (National Theatre, 2003).
- Ruckus in the Garden (National Theatre, 2007).
- Night of the Soul (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2002).
- The UN Inspector (adaptation from Gogol 2006) Faber 2005 and bilingual edition (French/English). Presses Universitaires du Mirail (2008).
- Metamorphosis (adaptation from Kafka 2006).
- The Heart of Robin Hood (Royal Shakespeare Company 2011/12 season).
- A Dead Body in Taos (Fuel, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Warwick Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, 2022)
- Spooks (series 4-9)
- Hanna (2011)
- Outcasts (2011)
- The Ones Below (2016)
- The Night Manager (2016)
- The Man with the Iron Heart (2016)
- Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017)
- McMafia (2018)
- Troy: Fall of a City (2018)
- Hanna (2019-2021)
- The Midwich Cuckoos (2022)
- Plays 1, Faber and Faber (2005). (with cover artwork painting by Andrew Litten).
- The UN Inspector, Faber and Faber (2005).
- Reamayana, Faber and Faber (2007).
- The Heart of Robin Hood, Faber and Faber (2011).
- ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 29 October 2014. p. 43.
- ^ a b "RSC - David Farr". Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- ^ a b "Curtis Brown".
- ^ Christiansen, Rupert (13 November 2002). "Innovator ready for a fight - Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- ^ Arendt, Paul (21 October 2004). "Farr says bye to Bristol". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- ^ "National Theatre 2005". Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
- ^ Guardian October 2005
- ^ Michael Billington The State of the Nation p.395
- ^ Independent Sept 2006
- ^ Evening Standard 13 May 2008
- ^ Daily Telegraph 22 October 2007
- ^ Times October 2008
- ^ Daily Telegraph April 2009
- ^ Whatsonstage Feb 2010
- ^ "Keeley Hawes & Max Beesley To Star In Sky One's 'The Midwich Cuckoos'". TVWise. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
- ^ "David Farr Plays 1".
- ^ "The UN Inspector".
- ^ "Ramayana".
- ^ "The Heart of Robin Hood".
- David Farr at IMDb
- David Farr at AllMovie
- 1969 births
- Living people
- Alumni of Trinity Hall, Cambridge
- People from Surrey
- British theatre directors
- British thriller writers
- British spy fiction writers
- British television writers
- British science fiction writers
- British male dramatists and playwrights
- English dramatists and playwrights
- English male dramatists and playwrights
- English television writers
- English screenwriters
- English male screenwriters
- British male television writers