Robert Kidd

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Robert Kidd (1943 - 18 July 1980) was a Scottish theatre director. He is best known for his work at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England..


Kidd collaborated several times with Christopher Hampton.[1] In 1964 Kidd and Hampton began together at the Royal Court Theatre with When Did You Last See Your Mother,[2] which transferred to the Comedy Theatre. They later worked on Total Eclipse (1969),[3] The Philanthropist (1974), Savages (1974), and Treats (1975).

Kidd then directed David Storey¹s The Restoration of Arnold Middleton (1967). In 1968, one of his projects, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray with James Fox, fell through. However, Jim Dine, who was working on drawings for the poster, came up with his famous series Bathrobes.

He returned to at the Royal Court Theatre[4] in 1975 for two years as joint artistic director of the English Stage Company with Nicholas Wright[5][6] and continued his association with Christopher Hampton and David Storey. He directed Storey's Mothers Day (1976). When he left the Royal Court, he had assignments at the National Theatre with Lost Worlds (1978)[7] and at Greenwich. Middle-Age Spread, staged in 1979 at the Lyric Theatre, was still running when he died.[8]


Kidd was married to Jennifer Sieff (now Johnson).


  1. ^ Coveney, Michael (4 March 2006). "A talent to adapt". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  2. ^ Philip Roberts (3 June 2015). The Royal Court Theatre (Routledge Revivals): 1965-1972. Taylor & Francis. pp. 233–. ISBN 978-1-317-51546-3. 
  3. ^ Kathleen Riley (27 April 2005). Nigel Hawthorne on Stage. Univ of Hertfordshire Press. pp. 140–. ISBN 978-1-902806-31-0. 
  4. ^ "OUTLINE/HISTORY". Royal Court Theatre. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Nicholas Wright". Exeunt Magazine, 12 January 2012. Neil Dowden
  6. ^ Chris Megson (20 March 2014). Modern British Playwriting: The 1970s: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations. A&C Black. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-1-4081-7789-1. 
  7. ^ "Past events: 1971-1980". National Theatre. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Other plays: 1970-1979". Rob Wilton Theatricalia. Retrieved 2009-01-29.