David Farr (theatre director)

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David Farr
Born (1969-10-29) 29 October 1969 (age 48)
Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Theatre director and writer

David Farr (born 29 October 1969)[1] is a British writer, theatrical director and Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.[2]


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 (age25)[3] under Stephen Daldry. He was also Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic from 2002 to 2005[4] and Lyric Hammersmith[5] from 2005 to 2009. In 2009 he joined Royal Shakespeare Company as Associate Director.[2] 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.[6]

Professional productions[edit]


  • 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 http://w3.pum.univ-tlse2.fr/~The-UN-inspector-L-inspecteur-des~.html
  • Metamorphosis (adaptation from Kafka 2006)
  • The Heart of Robin Hood (Royal Shakespeare Company 2011/12 season)



  • Plays 1, Faber and Faber 2005 (with cover artwork painting by Andrew Litten) [16]
  • The UN Inspector, Faber and Faber 2005 [17]
  • Reamayana, Faber and Faber 2007 [18]
  • The Heart Of Robin Hood, Faber and Faber 2011[19]