David Farr is a playwright, screenwriter and stage director, whose plays have been performed all over the world. In recent years he has moved into film and television, working on the long running BBC show Spooks and completing his first feature film, Hanna, for Focus Features in 2009. His directorial debut, The Ones Below, with Cuba Pictures premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and was released in UK cinemas in March 2016.
David's theatre career began when he became Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London, in 1995. His work at The Gate earned him a reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in British theatre, a reputation that he built on when he left The Gate to become Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic in 2002. His time at Bristol earned him a TMA Award for Best Director for his production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In 2005, David took up the post of Artistic Director of the London's Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. David's tenure at the theatre established it as a driving force in high quality visual theatre. During his time there, he wrote and directed a hugely successful adaptation of Kafka's Metamorphosis, as well as directing the acclaimed devised piece Water with Filter Theatre.
In 2009, David left The Lyric to become Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His first productions, The Winter's Tale, King Lear and The Homecoming all opened to critical acclaim.
David's adaptation of John le Carré's novel The Night Manager, produced by The Ink Factory, starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston and directed by Susanne Bier, aired on BBC1 in 2016. A total of 9.9 million people tuned in to watch the series finale and the show earned multiple awards and nominations.
David's episode of the Philip K. Dick series Electric Dreams, entitled Impossible Planet, aired on Channel 4 in 2017 and his BBC1 and Netflix epic miniseries Troy: Fall of a City aired in February 2018. He is currently adapting his film Hanna into a television series for Amazon.
Writer & Creator
Writer & Director
Episode of Channel 4's ten part anthology series Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick
Adaptation of the John le Carre novel
New drama based on Misha Glenny's book about organised crime
Writer & Director
Thriller about a couple whose new neighbours are not what they seem
Two men deliver a new fridge to a couple struggling with a newborn baby
Film based on the character created by Len Deighton
Adaptation of the novel by Laurent Binet about the attempted assassination of Reinhard Heydrich shooting in Budapest in Autumn 2015
Adaptation of the novel by Claire North
Thriller following the six days in 1980 when Islamic terrorists seized the Iranian embassy in London
New adaptation of the story of Merlin
Spy feature film
Comedy spy film
Thriller about a man whose life becomes very complicated following a car crash
Adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel
Thriller about a sleeper agent in Russia
Film set in the future when the Earth's water supply has run out
Commission from the National Theatre adapting the story by Rudyard Kipling
New commission co-written with Amir Nizar Zuabi
RSC's Christmas show with a new twist on the classic legend of Robin Hood
Satire on the cult of celebrity and television chat shows
Writer & Director
Collaboration between Filter and David exploring noise in its many forms
One act play for National Theatre Connections
Adaptation of Gogol's The Government Inspector
Adaptation of John Milton's epic poem about the fall from grace of Adam and Eve
Play about a market researcher confronted by the ghost of a young woman
Original play with film components about a Hollywood director
Play about a grouchy hermit obsessed with Norman Whiteside's 1985 FA Cup goal
Revival of Harold Pinter's play
Satirical allegroy of Hitler's rise to power with the action moved to Africa
Modern set production of the Shakespeare play
Buchner's play about the French Revolution