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Rufus Norris

Director and producer for theatre and film

Theatre, Film & TV
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Biography

Rufus Norris is a multi-award winning theatre director who came to prominence in 2001 with his production of Afore Night Came at the Young Vic, for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2004 He won his second Evening Standard Award and the Critics Circle Award for his production of Festen.

Since then, Rufus has directed a host of critically acclaimed shows, among them an adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker Prize winning novel Vernon God Little at the Young Vic, and a West End revival of Cabaret, which won 2 Oliviers. Rufus' 2008 Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels, won five Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival. His production of London Road in 2011 at the National Theatre, won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. His production of Feast, at the Young Vic,opened in January 2013 and in May 2013 Rufus directed the opening production at the Shed space at the National, Table by Tanya Ronder. The Amen Corner opened at the Olivier Theatre in July 2013 to critical acclaim.

In 2009, Rufus made his screen debut with the short film King Bastard, written by Tanya Ronder and produced by BBC Films. In 2012 his debut feature Broken opened Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival and went on to win Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards. Rufus is currently developing the screen adaptation of London Road for Cuba Pictures and BBC Films.

Rufus will take up the position of Director of the National Theatre in April 2015.

CV

Film
Director
London Road Feature
2013
Cuba Pictures for BBC Films
In development
Producer Dixie Linder, Nick Marston & Tally Garner
Director Rufus Norris

Film adaptation of the critically acclaimed stage show

Broken Feature
2012
Cuba Pictures for BBC Films
Producer Dixie Linder, Nick Marston and Tally Garner
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Mark O'Rowe
Starring Robert Emms, Rory Kinnear, Cillian Murphy, Bill Milner & Tim Roth

Rufus' debut feature

King Bastard Short
2009
Working Title/BNBC Films for UKFC
Producer Dixie Linder
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Peter Mullan

Short film about a young girl's grief for her grandfather

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Theatre
Director
Market Boy 2006
National Theatre, Olivier
Director Rufus Norris
Writer David Eldridge
Starring Paul Anderson, Nicola Blackwell & Jonathan Cullen

National Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer David Hare
Starring Pal Aron, Hiran Abeysekera, Esh Alladi, Nathalie Armin & Shane Zaza

Adaptation of the non-fiction book by Katherine Boo set in the Annawadi slum in Mumbai

National Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer James Baldwin
Starring Eric Kofi Abrefa, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Delroy Atkinson, Katrina Beckford & Marianne Jean-Baptiste

New production of James Baldwin's play about a Harlem church

Table 2013
Shed, National Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Daniel Cerqueira, Rosalie Craig, Jonathan Cullen, Paul Hilton & Penny Layden

Inaugural play in the National Theatre's Shed, following one family across 200 years

Feast 2013
Young Vic
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Yunior García Aguilera, Rotimi Babatunde, Marcos Barbosa, Tanya Barfield & Gbolahan Obisesan

Production celebrating Yoruba culture through story, live music and choreography

Cabaret 2012
Savoy Theatre
Producer Bill Kenwright
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Michelle Ryan & Will Young

Musical sensation

National Theatre, Cottesloe
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Rosalie Craig, Kate Fleetwood, Nick Holder, Claire Moore & Michael Shaeffer

Lyrical drama about the Ipswich murders

Doctor Dee 2011
Palace Theatre
Creator Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Damon Albarn

A new work composed by Damon Albarn and directed by Rufus Norris.

Young Vic Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Luke Brady, Clare Burt, Peter Drake, Johnnie Fiori & Peter De Jersey

Revival of Rufus' 2007 production of Tanya Ronder's adaptation of the Booker prize winning novel

ENO
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Mozart
Starring Katherine Broderick, Rebecca Evans, Iain Patterson, Brindley Sherratt & Sarah Tynan

Rufus' operatic debut of Mozart's darkly seductive tale

Theatre Royal, Windsor
Producer Bill Kenwright
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Clifford Odet
Starring Jenny Seagrove & Martin Shaw

Number One tour and West End run of Clifford Odet's play

Death and the King's Horseman 2009
National Theatre, Lyttleton
Producer National Thaetre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Wole Soyinka
Starring Nonso Anozie

Les Liaisons Dangereuses 2008
Roundhouse Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Christopher Hampton
Starring Laura Linney & Ben Daniels

Adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' novel of the same name

Young Vic
Producer Cuba Pictures and Young Vic Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Mark Lockyer, Colin Morgan & Mariah Gale

Adaptation of the Booker Prize winning debut novel written by DBC Pierre

Cabaret 2006
Lyric Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Starring James Dreyfus, Sheila Hancock & Anna Maxwell Martin

Waking Beauty 2005
Arts Threshold
Producer Wink Productions
Director Rufus Norris

Play by Deirdre Strath for Arts Threshold

Blood Wedding 2004
Almeida
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Gabriel Garcia Bernal

Festen 2004
Almeida
Director Rufus Norris
Writer David Eldridge
Starring Jonny Lee Miller & Tom Hardy

New stage version of the Danish arthouse film

Dirty Butterfly 2003
Soho Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Debbie Tucker Green

Peribàñez 2003
The Young Vic
Director Rufus Norris

Lope de Vega's play

Small Change 2002
Sheffield Crucible
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Peter Gill

Tall Stories 2002
Battersea Arts Centre
Director Rufus Norris
Starring The Shout

A staged song-cycle written by Orlando Gough and Richard Chew, and performed by The Shout

The Lizzie Play 2002
Arts Threshold
Producer Wink Productions
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Deirdre Strath

The Tempest 2002
Arts Threshold
Director Rufus Norris
Writer William Shakespeare

Young Vic
Producer Young Vic
Director Rufus Norris
Writer David Rudkin
Starring Christopher Brand, Edward Clayton, Tim Harris & Zoe Dawson

David Rudkin's first play

Mish Alla Ruman 2001
Al Kasaba, Ramallah
Director Rufus Norris
Writer David Greig

Sea Tongue 2001
Huddersfield Contemporary Festival
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Gough/Chew

Shawna and Ron's Half Moon 2001
ENO
Producer ENO baylis
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Eva Salzman

While I Was Waiting 2001
Battersea Arts Centre
Producer Wink Productions
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Orlando Gough

Workers Writes 2001
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Director Rufus Norris

My Dad's Cornershop 2000
Birmingham Rep
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Ray Grewal

Two Women 2000
Soho Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Debbie Green

Under the Blue Sky 2000
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Director Rufus Norris
Writer David Eldridge

Pierrot 1999
ENO
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Orlando Gough

Small Craft Warnings 1999
Pleasance, London
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Tennessee Williams

About the Boy 1998
Royal Court Theatre, Upstairs
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Ed Hime

Clubbed Out 1998
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Ezra Elia

For the Class Festival

The Measles 1998
Gate Theatre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Ivan Vidic

The People Downstairs 1997
Young Vic Studio
Producer Wink Productions
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Deirdre Strath

Where the Devils Dwell 1997
Royal Court Theatre Upstairs
Producer YPT
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Rhiannon Tise

The Art of Random Whistling 1996
Young Vic Studio
Producer Wink Productions
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Mark Jenkinson

Rosa Carnivora 1994
Theatr Clywd
Producer Wink Productions
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Deirdre Strath

Things Curious 1993
Battersea Arts Centre
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Louise Warren

Writer and Director
Tin Tin 2005
Barbican
Producer BITE:05 and Barbican
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Rufus Norris
Starring Russell Tovey

The first major UK stage adaptation of Hergé's legendary cartoon hero

Sleeping Beauty 2002
Young Vic
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Rufus Norris
Starring Helena Lymbery

Written and directed by Rufus for the Young Vic and transferred to the Babrican in 2004

Strike Gently 1999
Young Vic Studio
Producer Wink Productions
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Rufus Norris

Co-written with K Lindsay