Simon Dormandy

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Simon Dormandy
Born England

Simon Dormandy is an English director, teacher and actor who as an actor 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.[2][3] . Having left Eton in December 2012, he is currently working as a freelance theatre director.[4]


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.[5]

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.[2][3] 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 [6]), Three Sisters, Pool, No Water, Henry IV, (a joint version of both Part 1 and Part 2),[7] and, most recently, Joseph K and Spring Awakening. He has, since becoming a teacher, not appeared in any public or filmed performances excluding an appearance on the YouTube hit High Renaissance Man.

Since January 2013, he has been working as a freelance theatre director. In February 2013 he joined The English Stage Company at The Royal Court Theatre as an assistant director, where he worked on the world premiere of The Low Road by Bruce Norris. In 2014 he directed the UK Premiere of "Eldorado" by Marius von Mayenburg and "Waiting for Godot" with young comedians in the leading roles, both at The Arcola Theatre in London. In 2015 he will co-direct his own stage adaptation of the Coen bothers' film "The Hudsucker Proxy" with Toby Sedgwick at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton and the Liverpool Playhouse.


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[11]

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