Michael Longhurst

Director for theatre
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Michael 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.

His Royal Court production of Payne’s Constellations starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall transferred to the West End, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012 and receiving 4 Olivier nominations. Constellations transferred to Broadway, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson to stunning reviews in January 2015. 

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

Michael is also a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic (Dirty Butterfly) and a Fringe First (Guardians). 

He trained in directing at Mountview after reading Philosophy at Nottingham University. Michael is currently an Associate Director for Nuffield Theatre.

In 2015, the Evening Standard named Michael as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners. 




Writer Penelope Skinner
Royal Court
Writer Nick Payne
  • Joe Armstrong
  • Louise Brealey
    UK Tour
    Writer Simon Stephens

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

    Almeida Theatre
    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
    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

    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 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
    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
    Nominated: South Bank Theatre Award
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rafe Spall
    Play exploring love and free will through quantum phsyics
    Royal Court Theatre
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Writer Debbie Tucker Green

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

    Young Vic
    Nominated: What's On Stage Best Off-West End Production
    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
    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