Director for theatre

Michael is an award-winning stage director and currently Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse.

His smash-hit production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus featuring orchestral accompaniment from the Southbank Sinfonia, opened to exceptional reviews at the National Theatre in 2016 and completed two sell-out engagements in the Olivier (the longest running show there since War Horse).

His civil rights-era musical Caroline, or Change, starring Sharon D Clarke, completed sell-out runs at Chichester and Hampstead, transferred to the West End and will open on Broadway when things are back up and running. 

His Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations transferred to the West End (starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall) and Broadway (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson), winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play as well as receiving Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony nominations. Its UK tour won Three Manchester Theatre Awards before returning to the West End. Michael won a Olivier for Best revival of Constellations. 

Michael previously directed Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut at the Roundabout Theatre, New York in Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.

He has developed and directed new plays across the UK, including Adam Brace’s Stovepipe about the Rebuild Iraq Project; a promenade co-production with the National Theatre, which featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Theatre of the Decade’ list.




Writer Mike Lew
  • Susan Wokoma
  • Daniel Monks
  • Mike Lew’s darkly comic take on Shakespeare’s Richard III has its UK debut. 

    Donmar Warehouse
    Writer David Greig

    This prophetic early masterpiece from David Greig explores our complex relationship to Europe – as a continent, a refuge, an idea.

    Donmar Warehouse
    Writer Florian Zeller
  • Amanda Abbington
  • Laurie Kynaston
  • John Light
  • Oseloka Obi
  • Amaka Okafor
  • Martin Turner
  • UK premiere of the final part of the trilogy comprised of the Olivier Award-winning The Father (Theatre Royal Bath, Tricycle Theatre, West End, National Tour) and the critically-acclaimed The Mother.

    Kiln Theatre
    Writer Tony Kushner
  • Sharon D. Clarke
  • Jennifer Saayeng
  • Ako Mitchell
  • Adaptation of Tony Kushner's poignant and exuberant musical. First performed at Chichester Festival Theatre. Hampstead Theatre 12 March - 21 April 2018. West End November 2018-April 2019.

    Chichester Festival Theatre/Hampstead Theatre/ The Playhouse
    Writer Peter Shaffer
  • Lucian Msamati
  • National Theatre's production of Peter Shaffer's modern classic, featuring the Southbank Sinfonia.

    Currently in its second run at the National.

    National Theatre
  • James Norton
  • Malachi Kirby
  • Imogen Poots
  • Faith Alabi
  • A newly married American couple in Paris start to discover their lives are not as perfect as they imagined.

    Donmar Warehouse
    Writer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

    A razor-sharp comic drama about ambition, office warfare and hierarchies, where the only thing that matters is moving up the ladder and selling out to the highest bidder.

    Hampstead Theatre
    Writer Adam Brace
  • Kirsty Besterman
  • Fiona Button
  • Richie Campbell
  • Almeida Theatre
    Writer William Shakespeare
  • Simon Armstrong
  • Jessica Baglow
  • The Globe
    Writer Penelope Skinner
  • Noma Dumezweni
  • A play about the invisibility of older women and what it takes to have it all. 

    Royal Court
    Writer Caryl Churchill
  • John Shrapnel
  • Lex Shrapnel
  • Caryl Churchill’s play about a man who, at the age of 35, learns that he is not an only child

    Nuffield Theatre and Young Vic
    Writer Simon Stephens

    Michael directs Simon Stephens' new play, a reimagination of Bizet's opera Carmen.

    Almeida Theatre
    Constellations - UK Tour
    Evening Standard Award for Best Play
    Writer Nick Payne
  • Joe Armstrong
  • Louise Brealey
  • UK Tour
    Writer Nick Payne
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Ruth Wilson
  • Broadway transfer of Nick Payne's play about a relationship between a man and a woman that plays out in multiple different ways in parallel universes. 

    Constellations has been nominated for the Drama League Awards 2014-2015 for Outstanding Production of a Broadway of Off-Broadway Play and Distinguished Performance Award. 

    Samuel J Friedman Theatre
    Writer John Ford
  • Max Bennett
  • Fiona Button
  • New production of the John Ford classic. 

    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
    Writer Joshua Harmon
  • Jenna Augen
  • Ilan Goodman
  • Michael Longhurst directs Joshua Harmon's viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy

    Theatre Royal Bath and St James

    Starring Nick Payne in the Jerwood Upstairs

    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Patrick Marber
  • Ian Burfield
  • Cary Crankson
  • Richard Hawley
  • Patrick Marber's play is about male camaraderie and obsession, set in the gritty world of amateur poker

    Royal and Derngate Theatre
    Writer Jeremy Brock
  • Ian Bonar
  • John Light
  • Charity Wakefield
  • Jeremy Brock's play about the tempestuous relationship between an astronomer and an artist
    The Hampstead Theatre
    Writer Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
  • Vera Chok
  • Junix Inocian
  • Sarah Lam
  • New play about contemporary China

    The Shed, National Theatre
    Writer Alan Bennett
  • Ross Anderson
  • Oliver Coopersmith
  • Will Featherstone
  • Edward Judge
  • Comedy about a group of boys studying for their entrance exams to Oxbridge
    Crucible, Sheffield
    Writer Rory Mullarkey
  • Simon Armstrong
  • Ricky Champ
  • Triicia Kelly
  • Laurence Spellman
  • World premiere of Rory Mullarkey's new play about a woman coping during war
    Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • Annie Funke
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Brian F. O'Byrne
  • American début of Nick Payne's incisive look into an ordinary family

    Roundabout Theatre, New York
    Nominated: South Bank Theatre Award
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rafe Spall
  • Play exploring love and free will through quantum phsyics
    Royal Court Theatre
    Producer Ice and Fire
    Writer Christine Bacon & Noah Birksted-Breen
  • Nathalie Armin
  • Paul Bhattacharjee
  • Michelle Bonnard
  • Kika Markham
  • A combination of verbatim testimony and dramatic reconstruction that presents journalists' stories from around the globe
    Arcola Theatre
    Writer Adam Brace
  • Diana Quick
  • Play about a woman who talks to her daughter once a week on a webcam
    High Tide Festival & Assembly Rooms Edinburgh
    Michael directed a number of responses to the Bible as part of the epic performance cycle commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Bush's new theatre
    Bush Theatre
    Remembrance Day
    Longlisted: Evening Standard Best New Play
    Writer Aleksey Scherbak
  • Ruby Bentall
  • Nick Court
  • Michelle Fairley
  • Ewan Hooper
  • Latvian play examining the politics of remembrance days
    Royal Court Theatre
    Producer Nabokov
    Romantic comedy play with music
    Latitude Festival Theatre Arena
    On The Beach
    Nominated and Special Commendation: John Whiting Award
    Writer Steve Waters
  • Susan Brown
  • Robin Soans
  • Geoffrey Streatfeild
  • Stephanie Street
  • Part of the double bill, The Contingency Plan, about climate change
    Bush Theatre
    Nominated: What's On Stage Best Off-West End Production, Sunday Times’ top ten theatre events of the decade
    Writer Adam Brace
  • Christian Bradley
  • Shaun Dooley
  • Niall Macgregor
  • Eleanor Matsuura
  • Drama set in Iraq about a missing mercenary
    High Tide, National Theatre & Bush Theatre
    Dirty Butterfly
    Jerwood Directors Award
    Writer Debbie Tucker Green

    Play about voyeurism, power and guilt, winner of Jerwood Directors Award 2007

    Young Vic
    Writer Peter Morris
  • Chipo Chung
  • Kika Markham
  • Travis Oliver
  • Comic re imagining of Ecclesiazusae, based in an American university where anybody offered sex must accept or they will be expelled
    Arcola Theatre
    Writer Ben Richards
  • Maria Corcobado
  • Steven Miller
  • Ted Pleasance
  • Ian Rose
  • Four Croatian emigrants ponder their future in Britain as they sit in the back of a lorry
    Oval House Theatre
    Writer Peter Morris
  • Myanna Buring
  • Two-hander of alternating monologues from a female American soldier at Abhu Ghraib and a British journalist with a penchant for S&M
    Pleasance, Edinburgh & Theatre 503
    Writer Christopher Marlowe
    Classic play about a man who sells his soul to the devil
    Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

    Assistant Director 

    Director Joe Hill-Gibbons
    Writer Bertolt Brecht
  • James Corden
  • Lloyd Hutchinson
  • Doon Mackichan
  • Martin Savage
  • Comedy about a disastrous wedding, part of a Brecht double bill
    Young Vic
    Director Peter Gill
    Writer Patrick Hamilton
  • Kenneth Cranham
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Sally Tatum
  • Andrew Woodall
  • Victorian-set melodrama about a woman who is convinced by her husband that she is going mad
    The Old Vic
    Director Joe Hill-Gibbons
    Writer Joakim Pirinen & Natalia Vorozhbit
  • Lewis Lempereur-Palmer
  • Daisy Lewis
  • Sam Spiro
  • Double bill of plays, The Good Family and The Khomenko Family Chronicles following the theme of irony at contemporary existence
    Royal Court Theatre
    Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
    Director Dominic Cooke
    Writer Dominic Cooke
  • Silas Carson
  • Ayesha Dharker
  • Marcus Fernando
  • Simon Trinder
  • Adaptation of the Arabian Nights stories using puppets to tell the various tales
    The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon