David Farr

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

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Film

Writer

 

New adaptation of the story of Merlin

Warner Bros
In development
 
Producer Simon Istolainen
 

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

Shamai
In development
 
 
Columbia Pictures
 
 
NBC Universal
Universal
In development
 
 

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

Millbrook Development Company
In development
 
 

Adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel

BBC Films
Origin Films
In development
 
 
Cloud Eight Films
In development
 
Producer Marty Adelstein, Leslie Holleran, Scott Nemes
Starring
  • Eric Bana
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Saoirse Ronan
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    Film following a teenage girl trained as an assassin who finds acceptance in a French family
    Focus Features
    Marty Adelstein Productions
     
    Director Shekhar Kapur
     
    Swarovski Entertainment
    In development
     
     
    Adaptation of Graham Green's novel
    Parkes/Macdonald Productions
    In development
     

    Writer & Director

    Starring
  • Clemence Poesy
  • Stephen Campbell Moore
  • David Morrissey
  • Laura Birn
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    Thriller about a couple whose new neighbours are not what they seem

    Cuba Pictures and BBC Films
    In development
     
    Producer Nikki Parrott
    Starring
  • Lloyd Hutchinson
  • Khalid Laith
  • Hattie Morahan
  • Justin Salinger
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    Two men deliver a new fridge to a couple struggling with a newborn baby

    BBC Films
    Tigerlily Films
     

    TV

    Writer

    Producer Rob Bullock
    Director Susanne Bier
    Starring
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Hugh Laurie
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    Adaptation of the John le Carre novel

    The Ink Factory for BBC1/AMC
    In development
     
     

    Television series set during the Trojan War

    Kudos
    In development
     
    Outcasts
    2 x 60'
    Starring
  • Jamie Bamber
  • Eric Mabius
  • Hermione Norris
  • Ashley Walters
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    Drama following a group of misfits sent to colonise a new planet
    Kudos Film and Television for BBC1
     
    Producer Various
    Director Various
     
    Series 4-9 of the feted spy show
    Kudos Film and Televison for BBC
     

    Theatre

    Writer

    Producer RSC
    Director Gisli Örn Gardarsson
    Starring
  • Gareth Aled
  • Martin Hutson
  • Emma Manton
  • Flora Montgomery
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    RSC's Christmas show with a new twist on the classic legend of Robin Hood

    Royal Shakespeare Theatre
     
    Director Terry Johnson
    Starring
  • Will Keen
  • Tom Mannion
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    Original comedy about a fanatical Watford City football supporter who blames the team's defeat on the glare from Elton John's glasses
    Watford Palace Theatre
     
    Director Dominic Hill
    Starring
  • Selina Chilton
  • Lisa Ellis
  • Clare Holman
  • Mark Rice-Oxley
  •  

    Satire on the cult of celebrity and television chat shows

    The Bush Theatre
     
    Director Gordon Anderson
    Starring
  • Sam Cox
  • Rachel Ferjani
  • Aiden Mcardle
  • Adrian Schiller
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    Adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel
    Old Vic, Bristol
     
    Producer Kate McGrath
    Director Gísli Örn Gardarsson
    Starring
  • Vera Baldwin
  • Maralin Belchere
  • Anna Calder Marshall
  • Maria Charles
  •  
    Musical following the blossoming romance between two people in an old people's home
    Lyric Hammersmith
     

    Director

    Writer William Shakespeare
    Starring
  • Pippa Nixon
  • Robin Soans
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    David directs Jonathan Slinger in the title role of Shakespeare's classic play
    Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon
     
    Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
    Writer William Shakespeare
    Starring
  • Ankur Bahl
  • Sarah Belcher
  • Amie Burns Walker
  • Kirsty Bushell
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    Part of What Country Friends Is This?, the trilogy of Shakespeare's shipwreck plays
    Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
     
    Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
    Writer William Shakespeare
    Starring
  • Ankur Bahl
  • Sarah Belcher
  • Amie Burns Walker
  • Kirsty Bushell
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    Part of What Country Friends Is This?, the trilogy of Shakespeare's shipwreck plays
    Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
     
    Producer RSC
    Writer Harold Pinter
    Starring
  • Aislín McGuckin
  • Richard Riddell
  • Justin Salinger
  •  

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

    Swan Theatre
     
    Producer RSC
    Writer William Shakespeare
    Starring
  • Kathryn Hunter
  • Katy Stephens
  •  
    Opened at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford and transferred to The Roundhouse and New York
    Courtyard Theatre
     
    Producer RSC
    Starring
  • Brian Doherty
  • Darrell D’Silva
  • Noma Dumezweni
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    Directed by David as his inaugural production as Associate Director of the RSC
    Courtyard Theatre
     
    Producer Kate McGrath
    Writer Bertolt Brecht
    Starring
  • Jude Akuwudike
  • Ariyon Bakare
  • Adrian Black
  • Lucian Msamati
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    Satirical allegroy of Hitler's rise to power with the action moved to Africa

    Lyric Hammersmith
     
    Starring
  • Gary Oliver
  • Christopher Saul
  • Adrian Schiller
  •  

    Modern set production of the Shakespeare play

    The Swan
     
    Producer RSC
    Starring
  • Alison Fiske
  • Greg Hicks
  • Chuk Iwuj
  • Tom Mannion
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    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
    The Swan
     
    Writer Georg Buchner
    Starring
  • Breffni McKenna
  • Jamie Newall
  • Thomas Russell
  • Milo Twomey
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    Buchner's play about the French Revolution

    Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
     

    Writer & Director

    Producer Dyri Jonsson
    Starring
  • Gisli Orn Gardarsson
  • Bjorn Helgason
  • Brenda Murphy
  • Nick Manning
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    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
    BAM, New York
     
     

    One act play for National Theatre Connections

    National Theatre
     
    Producer Kate McGrath
    Starring
  • Vanessa Ackerman
  • Kolade Agboke
  • Nicholas Kahn
  • Marc Layton-Bennett
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    Adaptation of the epic poem for the Lyric Hammersmith
    Lyric Hammersmith
     
    Producer Kate McGrath
    Starring
  • Tom Mannion
  • Jonathan McGuiness
  • Elva Osk Olafsdottir
  • Unnur Osp Stefansdottir
  •  
    Adaptation of Franz Kafka's novella about a boy who wakes up to discover he is an insect
    Lyric Hammersmith
     
    Starring
  • Greg Hicks
  • Jeffery Kissoon
  • Ann Ogbomo
  • Rachael Stirling
  •  
    David Farr's adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's play
    Barbican
     
    Starring
  • Sarah Belcher
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster
  • Nick Haverson
  • Helena Lymbery
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    Drama following two Arabian thieves who aim high when they try to rob the sultan
    Lyric Hammersmith
     
    Starring
  • Robert Bowman
  • David Fishley
  • Colin Mace
  • Scott McLoughlin
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    David Farr's adaptation of Homer's myth
    Bristol Old Vic
     
    Starring
  • Geoffrey Beevers
  • Kenneth Cranham
  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Geraldine James
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    Adaptation of Gogol's The Government Inspector

    National Theatre
     
    Creator John Milton
    Starring
  • Kananu Kirimi
  • Stephen Noonan
  • Christopher Staines
  •  

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

    Bristol Old Vic
     
     
    Part of NT Connections
    National Theatre
     
    Creator Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Starring
  • Cengiz Bozkurt
  • Dave Fishley
  • Learie Foster
  • Michelle Hallak
  •  
    Original play based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel for the Arcola Theatre
    Arcola Theatre
     
    Producer RSC
    Starring
  • Nigel Betts
  • Tom Mannion
  • Hattie Morahan
  • Cherry Morris
  •  

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

    Barbican Pit
     
    Starring
  • Sarah Theresa Belcher
  • Dave Fishley
  • Toby Jones
  •  
    Adaptation of the Nativity
    Young Vic
     
    Starring
  • Jim Dunk
  • Anthony Higgins
  • Tracy Letts
  • Emily Lloyd
  •  

    Original play with film components about a Hollywood director

    The Electric Cinema
     
    Starring
  • Will Keen
  • Rachel Weisz
  •  

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

    Finborough Theatre
     
     
    Battersea Arts Centre
     
    Producer Filter
    Starring
  • Oliver Dimsdale
  • Christine Entwisle
  • Mariah Gale
  • Paul Hamilton
  •  

    Collaboration between Filter and David exploring noise in its many forms

    Hampstead Theatre
     
     
    Company-created piece of drama which interweaves the issue of global warming with various relationships
    The Tricycle Theatre