Alexander Zeldin

Writer and director for theatre

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Biography

Alexander Zeldin is a writer and director for theatre.

Alexander made work in Russia, South Korea and the Middle East as well as at the Naples Festival, before, between 2011-2014, developing a number of his own works as a teacher at East 15 Acting School, where he met several of the actors and creative team that collaborate with him today. At this time, he also worked as an assistant director to Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne.

His critically acclaimed play, Beyond Caring, which told the story of several temporary workers meeting on a night shift in a meat factory, had its World Premiere at the Yard Theatre in Hackney in 2014, before transferring to the Temporary Theatre at the National Theatre in 2015.

In 2015 Alexander was the recipient of the Quercus Trust Award and was appointed as Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Beyond Caring toured the UK and a new US production, re-developed for the US by Alexander and produced by Lookingglass Theater in conjunction with David Schwimmer’s company Dark Harbour Stories, opened in Chicago in April 2017.

Alexander's most recent play LOVE opened at the National Theatre in December 2016, before transferring to Birmingham Rep. A European tour is planned for 2018 and LOVE is also being made into a film by the BBC and Cuba Pictures. In 2017, he was named Artist in Residence at the National Theatre and in 2018, was the winner of the Arts Foundation twenty-fifth anniversary Fellowship for Literature. 

This is the National's play of the year - and then some.

Fiona Mountford
Evening Standard on Love

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this desolate, quietly intense devised drama gets under your skin and into your bones... unforgettable

Sam Marlowe
The Times on Beyond Caring

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Gripping, amusing, uncomfortable, desperately moving. Zeldin shows us friction…but also kindness and dignity and lots of love without turning sugary

Dominic Maxwell
The Times on Love

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Theatre

Writer & Director

 

Drama exploring the impact of being placed in temporary accommodation on three families opening December 2016

National Theatre & Birmingham Repertory Theatre
 
Starring
  • Hayley Carmichael
  • Janet Etuk
  • Victoria Mosley
  • Sean O'Callaghan
  • Luke Clarke
  •  

    Drama exploring the effects of zero hour contracts

    Yard Theatre & National Theatre
     
     

    In Georgian and English language

    British Council, Rustaveli National Theatre Georgia, National Theatre Studio
     
     

    Work in progress based on the film by Lars Von Triers

    National Theatre Studio
     
     

    Based on the story Moderato Cantabile by Marguerite Duras

    Etha Theatre, Université Jules Verne de Picardie & Edinburgh Festival
     

    Director

    Writer Bernard-Marie Koltès
    Starring
  • Joseph Arkley
  • Paul Hamilton
  • Osi Okerafor
  • Rebecca Smith-Williams
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    Revival of Bernard-Marie Koltès' play exploring racism, fear and envy

    Southwark Playhouse
     
    Macbeth
    Best Adaptation: Korean Critics Choice
    Writer William Shakespeare
     

    New adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, performed in Korea

    Miryang International Performing Arts Festival
     
    Writer William Shakespeare
     

    Italian production of the classic play by Shakespeare

    Teatro Festival Italia
     
    Writer Aleksandr Ostrovsky
     

    Workshop

    National Theatre Studio
     
    Writer Giacomo Puccini
     

    Opera

    Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
     
    Writer Thomas Adès
     

    Opera

    Mariinsky Theatre
     
    Writer Calderon de La Barca
    Starring
  • Finbar Williams
  • Rebecca Elliot
  • Victoria Bolt
  • Alex Gregor
  • Hussein Omar
  •  

    Play about the martyrdom of Prince Ferdinand of Portugal

    El Genina National Theatre, Cairo & Arcola Theatre London
     

    Assistant Director

    Director Peter Brook
    Writer Peter Brook
    Starring
  • Dima Bawab
  • Lei Xu
  • Adrian Strooper
  • William Nadylam
  • Abdou Ouologuem
  •  

    Free adaptation by Peter Brook from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord A Magic Flute
     

    Writer