Simon Dormandy

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Simon Dormandy
Born England
Occupation Theatre director, teacher, actor

Simon Dormandy is an English theatre director, teacher and actor. As an actor, he worked with Cheek by Jowl and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), as well as at The Donmar Warehouse, The Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Royal Exchange, amongst many others. He is perhaps best known on screen for his performances in Little Dorrit (film) and Vanity Fair. Between 1997 and 2012 he taught drama at Eton College, Berkshire, and held the posts of Director of Drama and Head of Theatre Studies.[1][2] . He is currently working as a freelance theatre director.[3] His directing credits include Julius Caesar at the Bristol Old Vic and Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, and his own adaptations of A Passage to India and the Coen Brothers' film The Hudsucker Proxy.


Simon Dormandy was, as an actor, known largely for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1988 and 1995. Over the period he worked with many well known directors, including Adrian Noble, Sam Mendes, Deborah Warner, Katie Mitchell and Max Stafford-Clark. He also took part in several films and television series. He was perhaps best known for his performances in Little Dorrit (as Sparkler) and Vanity Fair (as Dobbin). He was also known for his work with the theatre company Cheek By Jowl.[4]

He taught Drama and English at Eton College for fifteen years from 1997 to 2012, where he was Director of Drama and Head of Theatre Studies.[1][2] His pupils included the actors Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Harry Lloyd and Adetomiwa Edun, director James Dacre and comedians Tom Palmer and Tom Stourton of comedy duo Totally Tom and Humphrey Ker. School productions include Henry VI with Eddie Redmayne, Waiting for Godot with Harry Lloyd, King Lear (where he directed Edward Stourton's son in the title role[5]), Three Sisters, Pool, No Water, Henry IV, (a joint version of both Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2),[6] Joseph K and Spring Awakening.

Since January 2013 he has been working as a freelance theatre director. In 2013 he was assistant director on the world premiere of The Low Road by Bruce Norris at The Royal Court Theatre. In 2014 he directed the UK Premiere of Eldorado by Marius von Mayenburg and a production of Waiting for Godot with young comedians in the leading roles, both at The Arcola Theatre in London. In 2015 he co-directed his own stage adaptation of the Coen Brothers' film The Hudsucker Proxy with Toby Sedgwick at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and the Liverpool Playhouse in association with Complicite. The production won Best Design at the 2015 UK Theatre Awards. He was also an artistic collaborator on Simon McBurney's The Encounter for Complicite at the Edinburgh International Festival and subsequently at the Barbican, London and on tour. In 2016 he directed Mel Giedroyc in the highly acclaimed UK Premiere of Luce by J. C. Lee at Southwark Playhouse. In 2017 he directed Julius Caesar at the Bristol Old Vic, and developed and co-directed his own adaptation of A Passage to India, which toured early in 2018 before a five-week run at The Park in London. His production of Much Ado About Nothing will open at the Rose Theatre, Kingston in April 2018.

He teaches and directs at Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Drama Centre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the British American Drama Academy.


Film credits[edit]

Year Film Role
1986 Whoops Apocalypse Soldier
Castaway Jackson
1988 Little Dorrit Sparkler
1992 Rebecca's Daughters Captain Marsden
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery Bives

Television credits[edit]

Year TV Role Notes
1987 Boogie Outlaws TV mini-series
Vanity Fair William Dobbin TV mini-series
1989 Casualty Tom TV Show 1 episode
1996 Bugs Zito TV Show 2 episodes

Selected stage appearances[edit]

Non-Royal Shakespeare Company[edit]

With the Royal Shakespeare Company[edit]

All Royal Shakespeare Company performances taken from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust archive history[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gore-Langton, Robert (5 July 2006). "Acting: Floreat Etona". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 12 August 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography for Simon Dormandy". Internet Movie Database. January 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
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  4. ^ Time Out Article - Cheek By Jowl "Plenty of face"[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Floreat Etona". The Spectator. 2006. 
  6. ^ Drama Section
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  9. ^ "teatro do mundo - The Plays: Losing Venice". teatro do mundo. 14 June 2007. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Archive catalogue - Simon Dormandy". Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Retrieved 29 January 2008. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b c "The Tragedy of Richard the Third". Royal Shakespeare Company. 2007. Archived from the original on 29 February 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  12. ^ 1980s Theatre Programs

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