Richard
Twyman

Theatre Director

Richard took up the role of Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre in November 2016.

He was previously Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court Theatre and prior to this spent five years at the Royal Shakespeare Company working on fourteen productions, including the hugely acclaimed Histories Cycle for which he directed Henry IV Pt II. This production, alongside the Histories, was honoured with three Olivier Awards, the Evening Standard Editors Choice Award and named by The Guardian's Michael Billington as his production of the decade 2000-2010. 

Richard has directed at the Royal Court, Bush, Old Vic Tunnels, Bath Theatre Royal and worked alongside Peter Hall on his 80th anniversary production of Twelfth Night at the National Theatre.

Richard has worked on The Djinns of Eidgah at the Royal Court; Ditch, which opened the Old Vic Tunnels; directing Simon Callow in the West End and UK-wide tour of The Mystery of Charles Dickens and Dr Marigold & Mr Chops; the inaugural production in the new Bush Theatre Sixty-Six Books; and Give Me Your Hand, Off-Broadway, which was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience in 2012.


Richard directed the world premiere of Al Smith's latest drama, Harrogate, which opened at the Hightide Festival in September 2015. He directed the UK premiere of You For Me For You, which opened at the Royal Court in December 2015 and his production of Torn opened at the Royal Court in September 2016. He recently directed Othello at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol to rave reviews and his production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses toured to Japan in 2017. 



CV

Theatre

Director 

Writer William Shakespeare

Production of the classic play by William Shakespeare opening in February 2017

Tobacco Factory Theatre
Producer Hightide
Writer Al Smith
Starring
  • Nigel Lindsay
  • Sarah Ridgeway
  • Transfer of Al Smith's play to Royal Court Theatre and on tour in South East England

    Royal Court Theatre & Regional Tour
    Writer Nathaniel Martello-White
    Starring
  • Franc Ashman
  • Lorna Brown
  • Kirsty Bushell
  • Roger Griffiths
  • James Hillier
  • Play about a family being forced to face up to their failures, opening September 2016

    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Mia Chung
    Starring
  • Paapa Essiedu
  • Daisy Haggard
  • Wendy Kweh
  • Andrew Leung
  • Katie Leung
  • UK premiere of drama about two sisters attempting to escape from North Korea

    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Al Smith
    Starring
  • Sarah Ridgeway
  • Nick Sidi
  • World premiere of new drama from Al Smith exploring a marriage

    Hightide Festival
    Writer Dalia Taha
    Starring
  • Shereen Martin
  • Saleh Bakri
  • Nabil Elouahabi
  • Yusuf Hofri
  • George Karageorgis
  • Play set during a siege in a Palestinian town

    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Alexi Kaye Campbell, April De Angelis, Anders Lustgarten, Alex Wood and Kieran Hurley

    Series of pieces exploring austerity in Britain

    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Abhishek Majumdar
    Starring
  • Danny Ashok
  • Raj Bajaj
  • Paul Bazely
  • Ameet Chana
  • A play about orphaned siblings stranded and defined by the troubles in Kashmir
    Royal Court Theatre & Rage Mumbai & Chennai International Festival
    Producer ATG
    Writer Peter Ackroyd
    Starring
  • Simon Callow
  • One man show bringing to life Dickens' best loved characters

    Playhouse Theatre
    Give Me Your Hand
    Nominated: Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience, Drama Desk Award
    Writer Paul Durcan
    Starring
  • Dermot Crowley
  • Dearbhla Molloy
  • A virtual tour of London's National Gallery

    Irish Rep Theatre, New York
    Writer Charles Dickens
    Starring
  • Simon Callow
  • Two one-man plays by Charles Dickens
    Bath Theatre Royal and UK Tour
    Writer Trevor Griffiths, James Graham, Sam Burn

    Cycle of plays inspired by the Bible, commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Bush Theatre's new space

    Bush Theatre
    Ditch
    Nominated for John Whiting Award
    Writer Beth Steel
    Starring
  • Gethin Anthony
  • Sam Hazeldine
  • Matti Houghton
  • Dearbhla Molloy
  • Paul Rattray
  • Beth Steel’s debut play, focusing on man-made apocalypse
    Hightide Festival & Old Vic Tunnels
    Henry IV Pt II
    Olivier Awards for Best Revival, Best Ensemble, Best Costume & Evening Standard Editors Choice Award
    Writer William Shakespeare
    Part of the RSC Histories Season
    RSC Courtyard & Roundhouse
    Writer Paul Allen
    Starring
  • Andrew Dunn
  • John McArdle
  • Luke Adamson
  • Gilly Thompkins
  • Helen Kay
  • Based on the film about a brass band from a mining pit that is due to close

    York Theatre Royal
    Writer William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's classic play about two doomed lovers

    Ancient Odeon Paphos, Cyprus
    Writer Graham Greene & Harold Pinter

    Two one act plays, one a conversation between an actor and director and the other a conversation between a driver and minicab controller

    Kings Head Theatre

    Film

    Director 

    Writer Maxine Quintyne-Kolaru
    UKMade Films

    Other

    Director 

    Writer Maxine Quintnye-Kolaru
    Reading/workshop of Maxine Quintnye-Kolaru's play at Tristan Bates
    Tristan Bates
    Writer Sharon Raizada
    Reading/workshop of Sharon Raizada's play at the Royal Court
    Hampstead
    Writer Alexi Kaye Campbell
    Reading/workshop of Alexi Kaye Campbell's play at the ATG
    ATG
    Writer Alexi Kaye Campbell
    Reading/workshop of Alexi Kaye Campbell's play at the Gate
    Gate
    Writer Frazer Grace
    Reading/workshop of Frazer Grace's play at the RSC
    RSC
    Writer Anthony Sher
    Reading/workshop of Anthony Sher's play at the RSC
    RSC
    Writer Michael Bhim
    Reading/workshop of Michael Bhim's play at the Royal Court Theatre
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Maxine Quintnye-Kolaru
    Reading/workshop of Maxine Quintnye-Kolaru's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Shireen Mula
    Reading/workshop of Shireen Mula's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Abdel Al-Awaji
    Reading/workshop of Abdel Al-Awaji's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Tomohiro Maekawa
    Reading/workshop of Tomohiro Maekawa's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Abhishek Majumdar
    Reading/workshop of Abhishek Majumdar's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Reading/workshop of Anders Lustgarten's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Rose Lewenstein
    Reading/workshop of Rose Lewenstein's play at the Royal Court YWF 2012
    Royal Court Theatre YWF 2012
    Writer Evgeniy Markovskiy
    Reading/workshop of Evgeniy Markovskiy's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Margaret Namalyunga

    Reading/workshop of Margaret Namalyunga's play at the Royal Court

    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Dalia Taha
    Reading/workshop of Dalia Taha's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre
    Writer Bosco Cayo Israel Alvarez
    Reading/workshop of Bosco Cayo Israel Alvarez's play at the Royal Court
    Royal Court Theatre