Rupert Goold

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Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold (2019).jpg
October 2019
Born (1972-02-18) 18 February 1972 (age 50)
Highgate, London, England
EducationTrinity College, Cambridge
New York University
OccupationTheatre director
Years active1995–present
(m. 2001)

Rupert Goold CBE (born 18 February 1972)[1] is an English director who works primarily in theatre. He is the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, and was the artistic director of Headlong Theatre Company (2005–2013).[2]

Early years[edit]

Goold was born in Highgate, England, a suburb of north London. His father was a management consultant, and his mother was an author of children's books.[3] He attended the independent University College School,[4] graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1994 with a First in English literature and studied performance studies at New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He was trainee director at Donmar Warehouse for the 1995 season, and assisted on productions including 'Art' and Speed-the-Plow in the West End.[citation needed]


Goold was artistic director of the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton from 2000 to 2005. Prior to that, he was an associate at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1996–97. In addition to his work as a director he has co-authored three adaptations for the stage.

Goold directed Sir Patrick Stewart (whom he had previously directed as Prospero, and later in Richard II) as Macbeth in his acclaimed Minerva Studio staging of Macbeth at the Chichester Festival Theatre in May 2007.[5]

In September 2007, the production transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London, then the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York and then to the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. At the 2007 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Macbeth won two awards: Stewart won the Best Actor Award, while Goold won The Sydney Edwards Award for Best Director.[6] It also won Goold a 2008 Olivier Award for Best Director. He says he was not concerned with thoughts of a career anti-climax. "I came home to an empty house after the Olivier Awards, clutching my trophy for Best Director and I realised that I'd peaked. It was now going to be downhill all the way. But I still felt quite comfortable with the realisation that nothing could get better after this."[7] He later directed a 2010 BBC4 television film version of Macbeth using Soviet-era Russian-type uniforms and weapons.[citation needed]

In 2008, he directed the UK premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and a radical re-interpretation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author at the Chichester Festival which he co-authored with Ben Power. This production subsequently transferred to the West End and toured the UK and later Australia. In 2009 he directed a hugely acclaimed West End revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver! Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Goold recreated Sam Mendes' direction for the London Palladium production, which was nominated for three Olivier Awards.[citation needed]

In 2009, Goold directed a revival of Shakespeare's King Lear at the Young Vic. Goold set his Lear in Northern England during the 1970s, fascinated by the fact that during this decade, Britain was enduring the power of women. He approached the play with a drastically different view, and as a result this production received mixed reviews. In 2009, he again won Best Director at the Evening Standard Awards for ENRON.[citation needed]

Since 2010, Goold been an associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.[8]

His opera credits include productions at Batignano Opera Festival and Garsington.[citation needed]

Goold was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Goold is married to actress Kate Fleetwood.[10] The couple met while working together on a production of Romeo and Juliet. They have one son, Raphael, and a daughter, Constance.[3]

Stage productions[edit]

  • The End of the Affair (1997) – a play with music, adapted with Caroline Butler, from the novel by Graham Greene. The first production included music played by a pianist at the side of the stage, underscoring the text with some period songs sung by the cast. Goold and Butler removed the music from later productions and the play was published without musical interpolation in 2001.[20]
  • Faustus (2004) – adapted with Ben Power from Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author (2008) – adapted with Ben Power from the play by Luigi Pirandello

Film and television[edit]



  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 37, 18 February 2014
  2. ^ Matt Trueman (8 February 2013). "Rupert Goold named as Almeida theatre's new artistic director". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b Emma John (28 September 2008). "Going for Goold". The Observer. London. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Interview with Alan Franks". Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  5. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (16 July 2007). "Shakespeare is coursing through me". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 26 December 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Winning performances on the West End stage". This Is 28 November 2007. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Rupert Goold profile". Director magazine. Retrieved 30 June 2012. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N9.
  10. ^ "The Tatler List > Rupert Goold". Tatler. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012.
  11. ^ John Thaxter (14 February 2007). "The Stage / Reviews / The Glass Menagerie". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  12. ^ "The Merchant of Venice". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical". BBC. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  14. ^ "2016/7 Season". Almeida Theatre.
  15. ^ "Ink". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Ink". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Rupert Murdoch Story 'Ink' Sets Broadway Bow at Manhattan Theatre Club". 30 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Shipwreck". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Spring Awakening". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  20. ^ Goold, Rupert (2001). The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, Adapted for the stage by Rupert Goold and Caroline Butler. London: Samuel French Ltd. ISBN 0-573-01886-3.

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