Michael Longhurst

Director for theatre
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Biography

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

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Theatre

Director

Writer Simon Stephens
 

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

Almeida Theatre
 
Writer Nick Payne
Starring
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Ruth Wilson
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    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. 

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

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

    Theatre Royal Bath and St James
     
    Writer Caryl Churchill
    Starring
  • John Shrapnel
  • Lex Shrapnel
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    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
    Starring
  • Ian Burfield
  • Cary Crankson
  • Richard Hawley
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    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
    Starring
  • Ian Bonar
  • John Light
  • Charity Wakefield
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    Jeremy Brock's play about the tempestuous relationship between an astronomer and an artist
    The Hampstead Theatre
     
    Writer Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
    Starring
  • Vera Chok
  • Junix Inocian
  • Sarah Lam
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    New play about contemporary China

    The Shed, National Theatre
     
    Writer Rory Mullarkey
    Starring
  • Simon Armstrong
  • Ricky Champ
  • Triicia Kelly
  • Laurence Spellman
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    World premiere of Rory Mullarkey's new play about a woman coping during war
    Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
     
    Writer Alan Bennett
    Starring
  • Ross Anderson
  • Oliver Coopersmith
  • Will Featherstone
  • Edward Judge
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    Comedy about a group of boys studying for their entrance exams to Oxbridge
    Crucible, Sheffield
     
    Constellations
    Nominated: South Bank Theatre Award
    Starring
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rafe Spall
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    Play exploring love and free will through quantum phsyics
    Royal Court Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Annie Funke
  • Michelle Gomez
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Brian F. O'Byrne
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    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
    Starring
  • Diana Quick
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    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
    Starring
  • Nathalie Armin
  • Paul Bhattacharjee
  • Michelle Bonnard
  • Kika Markham
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    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
    Starring
  • Ruby Bentall
  • Nick Court
  • Michelle Fairley
  • Ewan Hooper
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    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
    Starring
  • Susan Brown
  • Robin Soans
  • Geoffrey Streatfeild
  • Stephanie Street
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    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
     
    Stovepipe
    Nominated: What's On Stage Best Off-West End Production
    Writer Adam Brace
    Starring
  • Christian Bradley
  • Shaun Dooley
  • Niall Macgregor
  • Eleanor Matsuura
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    Drama set in Iraq about a missing mercenary
    High Tide, National Theatre & Bush Theatre
     
    Writer Peter Morris
    Starring
  • Chipo Chung
  • Kika Markham
  • Travis Oliver
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    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
    Starring
  • Maria Corcobado
  • Steven Miller
  • Ted Pleasance
  • Ian Rose
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    Four Croatian emigrants ponder their future in Britain as they sit in the back of a lorry
    Oval House Theatre
     
    Writer Peter Morris
    Starring
  • Myanna Buring
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    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
    Starring
  • James Corden
  • Lloyd Hutchinson
  • Doon Mackichan
  • Martin Savage
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    Comedy about a disastrous wedding, part of a Brecht double bill
    Young Vic
     
    Director Peter Gill
    Writer Patrick Hamilton
    Starring
  • Kenneth Cranham
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Sally Tatum
  • Andrew Woodall
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    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
    Starring
  • Lewis Lempereur-Palmer
  • Daisy Lewis
  • Sam Spiro
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    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
    Starring
  • Silas Carson
  • Ayesha Dharker
  • Marcus Fernando
  • Simon Trinder
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    Adaptation of the Arabian Nights stories using puppets to tell the various tales
    The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon