David Farr

Playwright, director for theatre and film, and writer for television and film

Theatre, Film & TV
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Film
Writer and Director
The Ones Below Feature
2012
Cuba Pictures and BBC Films
In development
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Clemence Poesy, Stephen Campbell Moore , David Morrissey, Laura Birn & Deborah Findlay

Thriller about a couple whose new neighbours are not what they seem

Coolbox Short
2012
Tigerlily Films for BBC Films
Producer Nikki Parrott
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Lloyd Hutchinson, Khalid Laith, Hattie Morahan & Justin Salinger

Two men deliver a new fridge to a couple struggling with a newborn baby

Writer
HHhH Feature
2014
Shamai
In development
Producer Simon Istolainen
Writer David Farr

Adaptation of the novel by Laurent Binet about the attempted assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

Merlin Feature
2014
Warner Bros
In development
Writer David Farr

New adaptation of the story of Merlin

Untitled Spy Project Feature
2012
Columbia Pictures
Writer David Farr

 
Untitled Universal Spy Comedy Feature
2012
Universal for NBC Universal
In development
Writer David Farr

 
Crossing Feature
2012
Millbrook Development Company
In development
Writer David Farr

Thriller about a man whose life becomes very complicated following a car crash

Tale of Two Cities Feature
2012
Origin Films for BBC Films
In development
Writer David Farr

Adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel

The Sleeper Feature
2012
Cloud Eight Films
In development
Writer David Farr

 
Hanna Feature
2011
Marty Adelstein Productions for Focus Features
Producer Marty Adelstein, Leslie Holleran, Scott Nemes
Writer David Farr
Starring Eric Bana, Jessica Barden, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan & Olivia Williams

Film following a teenage girl trained as an assassin who finds acceptance in a French family

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Paani Feature
2011
Swarovski Entertainment
In development
Director Shekhar Kapur
Writer David Farr

 
Fallen Idol Feature
2011
Parkes/Macdonald Productions
In development
Writer David Farr

Adaptation of Graham Green's novel

Television
Writer
The Night Manager 2014
The Ink Factory
In development
Creator John le Carré
Writer David Farr

Adaptation of the John le Carre novel

Illium 2014
Kudos
In development
Writer David Farr

Television series set during the Trojan War

Outcasts 2 x 60'
2010
Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
Writer David Farr
Starring Jamie Bamber, Eric Mabius, Hermione Norris & Ashley Walters

Drama following a group of misfits sent to colonise a new planet

Kudos Film and Televison for BBC
Producer Various
Director Various
Writer David Farr

Series 4-9 of the feted spy show

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Theatre
Writer and Director
Silence 2011
Hampstead Theatre
Producer Filter
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Oliver Dimsdale, Christine Entwisle, Mariah Gale, Paul Hamilton & Richard Katz

Collaboration between Filter and David exploring noise in its many forms

Water 2011
The Tricycle Theatre
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr

Company-created piece of drama which interweaves the issue of global warming with various relationships

Metamorphosis 2010
BAM, New York
Producer Dyri Jonsson
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Bjorn Helgason, Brenda Murphy & Nick Manning

American premiere of David's adaptation of Franz Kafka's novella about a man who wakes up to find that he has been turned into a bug

The Queen Must Die 2007
National Theatre
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr

One act play for National Theatre Connections

The Ramayana 2007
Lyric Hammersmith
Producer Kate McGrath
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Vanessa Ackerman, Kolade Agboke, Nicholas Kahn, Marc Layton-Bennett & Eva Magyar

Adaptation of the epic poem for the Lyric Hammersmith

Metamorphosis 2006
Lyric Hammersmith
Producer Kate McGrath
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Tom Mannion , Jonathan McGuiness, Elva Osk Olafsdottir , Unnur Osp Stefansdottir & Bjorn Thors

Adaptation of Franz Kafka's novella about a boy who wakes up to discover he is an insect

Tamburlaine The Great 2005
Barbican
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Greg Hicks, Jeffery Kissoon, Ann Ogbomo & Rachael Stirling

David Farr's adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's play

The Magic Carpet 2005
Lyric Hammersmith
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Sarah Belcher, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Nick Haverson, Helena Lymbery & Stephen Mangan

Drama following two Arabian thieves who aim high when they try to rob the sultan

The Odyssey 2005
Bristol Old Vic
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Robert Bowman, David Fishley, Colin Mace, Scott McLoughlin & Celia Meiras

David Farr's adaptation of Homer's myth

National Theatre
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Geoffrey Beevers, Kenneth Cranham, Elizabeth Bell, Geraldine James & Michael Sheen

Adaptation of Gogol's The Government Inspector

Paradise Lost 2004
Bristol Old Vic
Creator John Milton
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Kananu Kirimi, Stephen Noonan & Christopher Staines

Adaptation of John Milton's epic poem about the fall from grace of Adam and Eve

Ruckus in the Garden 2003
National Theatre
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr

Part of NT Connections

Crime and Punishment in Dalston 2002
Arcola Theatre
Creator Fyodor Dostoevsky
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Cengiz Bozkurt, Dave Fishley, Learie Foster, Michelle Hallak & Andrew Melville

Original play based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel for the Arcola Theatre

Night of the Soul 2001
Barbican Pit
Producer RSC
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Nigel Betts, Tom Mannion, Hattie Morahan, Cherry Morris & Zoe Waites

Play about a market researcher confronted by the ghost of a young woman

The Nativity 1999
Young Vic
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Sarah Theresa Belcher, Dave Fishley, Kate Fleetwood, Toby Jones & Dominic McHale

Adaptation of the Nativity

Max Klapper: A Life In Pictures 1996
The Electric Cinema
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Jim Dunk, Anthony Higgins, Tracy Letts & Emily Lloyd

Original play with film components about a Hollywood director

Neville Southall's Washbag 1992
Finborough Theatre
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr
Starring Will Keen & Rachel Weisz

Play about a grouchy hermit obsessed with Norman Whiteside's 1985 FA Cup goal

Glue Wedding 1991
Battersea Arts Centre
Director David Farr
Writer David Farr

Writer
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Producer RSC
Director Gisli Örn Gardarsson
Writer David Farr
Starring Gareth Aled, Martin Hutson, Emma Manton, Flora Montgomery & Iris Roberts

RSC's Christmas show with a new twist on the classic legend of Robin Hood

Love, The Musical 2008
Lyric Hammersmith
Producer Kate McGrath
Director Gísli Örn Gardarsson
Writer David Farr
Starring Vera Baldwin, Maralin Belchere , Anna Calder Marshall , Maria Charles & Mike Clifton

Musical following the blossoming romance between two people in an old people's home

Great Expectations 2003
Old Vic, Bristol
Director Gordon Anderson
Writer David Farr
Starring Sam Cox, Rachel Ferjani, Aiden Mcardle, Adrian Schiller & Simon Wolfe

Adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel

The Danny Crow Show 2001
The Bush Theatre
Director Dominic Hill
Writer David Farr
Starring Selina Chilton, Lisa Ellis, Clare Holman, Mark Rice-Oxley & Tony Turner

Satire on the cult of celebrity and television chat shows

Elton John's Glasses 1997
Watford Palace Theatre
Director Terry Johnson
Writer David Farr
Starring Will Keen & Tom Mannion

Original comedy about a fanatical Watford City football supporter who blames the team's defeat on the glare from Elton John's glasses

Director
Hamlet 2013
Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon
Director David Farr
Writer William Shakespeare
Starring Greg Hicks, Pippa Nixon, Jonathan Slinger, Robin Soans & Alex Waldmann

David directs Jonathan Slinger in the title role of Shakespeare's classic play

The Tempest 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
Director David Farr
Writer William Shakespeare
Starring Ankur Bahl, Sarah Belcher, Amie Burns Walker, Kirsty Bushell & Nicholas Day

Part of What Country Friends Is This?, the trilogy of Shakespeare's shipwreck plays

Twelfth Night 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
Director David Farr
Writer William Shakespeare
Starring Ankur Bahl, Sarah Belcher, Amie Burns Walker, Kirsty Bushell & Nicholas Day

Part of What Country Friends Is This?, the trilogy of Shakespeare's shipwreck plays

Swan Theatre
Producer RSC
Director David Farr
Writer Harold Pinter
Starring Aislín McGuckin, Richard Riddell, Justin Salinger, Jonathan Slinger & Nicholas Woodeson

David Farr directs Harold Pinter's play at the Swan Theatre

King Lear 2010
Courtyard Theatre
Producer RSC
Director David Farr
Writer William Shakespeare
Starring Greg Hicks, Kathryn Hunter & Katy Stephens

Opened at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford and transferred to The Roundhouse and New York

Courtyard Theatre
Producer RSC
Director David Farr
Starring Greg Hicks, Brian Doherty, Darrell D’Silva, Noma Dumezweni & Kelly Hunter

Directed by David as his inaugural production as Associate Director of the RSC

Lyric Hammersmith
Producer Kate McGrath
Director David Farr
Writer Bertolt Brecht
Starring Jude Akuwudike, Ariyon Bakare , Adrian Black, Lucian Msamati & Mohammed Arthur Turay

Satirical allegroy of Hitler's rise to power with the action moved to Africa

Julius Caesar 2004
The Swan
Director David Farr
Starring Gary Oliver, Christopher Saul, Adrian Schiller & Zubin Varla

Modern set production of the Shakespeare play

Coriolanus 2003
The Swan
Producer RSC
Director David Farr
Starring Alison Fiske, Greg Hicks, Chuk Iwuj, Tom Mannion & Karl Morgan

David Farr's vaunted samurai production of Coriolanus which opened at the Swan, toured nationally and was transferred by Duncan Weldon into London's Old Vic Theatre

Danton's Death 1997
Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
Director David Farr
Writer Georg Buchner
Starring Breffni McKenna, Jamie Newall, Thomas Russell & Milo Twomey

Buchner's play about the French Revolution