RUPERT GOOLD is Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre,
where in 2019 he staged the critically acclaimed The Hunt , based on the Thomas
Vinterberg film. Also in 2019, Rupert received a Tony
nomination for Best Direction of a Play for Ink; the play garnered four Tony
nominations including Best
Play, and won two for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Best
Rupert was Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre from 2005 until 2013. He was
Associate Director at the
Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012. Previously he was Artistic Director
Theatres from 2002 to 2005. He has twice been the recipient of the Olivier,
Critics' Circle and Evening
Standard awards for Best Director.
Rupert's association with the Almeida Theatre Company began in 2008 when he
directed Stephen Adly
Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
His World Premiere production of American Psycho: A new musical thriller was
based on the novel by Bret
Easton Ellis and co-produced with Headlong and Act 4. Although programmed by
Attenborough, it was Rupert's first directorial Almeida production as Artistic
Director and transferred to
Broadway in spring 2016.
In 2014 Rupert directed the World Premiere of Mike Bartlett's new play King
Charles III. Following a soldout run at the Almeida, King Charles III
transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre, embarked on a Broadway
run in autumn 2015, and toured in the UK and Australia. Rupert directed Mike
adaptation of the play which aired on BBC2 in May 2017 and which is nominated
for a BAFTA.
In 2017 Rupert directed the World Premiere of James Graham's new play Ink,
which transferred to the
Duke of York's Theatre in the West End and which was nominated at the Olivier
Awards for Best New
Play, Best Director, Best Design and Best Supporting Actor, winning the latter.
productions as Artistic Director include Richard III with Ralph Fiennes, which
was broadcast live to
cinemas around the world in July 2016, Medea, The Merchant of Venice and Albion.
As a freelance director Rupert has directed revivals, opera, musicals, new
plays, farce, pantomime, youth
theatre, installation work, comedy and Shakespeare (including two films) around
the world and for a wide
range of commercial and subsidized organizations. These projects include Richard
II (BBC, Neal
Street) Macbeth (Chichester Festival, The Gielgud Theatre, on Broadway and for
the BBC), No Man's
Land (Gate and Duke of York's theatres), The Glass Menagerie (Apollo Theatre),
Time and The
Conways (National Theatre), Sunday Father, Gone to LA (Hampstead Theatre)
Turandot (English National
Opera), Le Comte Ory (Garsington Opera) and Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).
In 2015 Rupert's first feature film, TRUE STORY, starring James Franco and
Jonah Hill for Plan B and
Fox Searchlight, was released.
Rupert was awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year's Honors for services to drama.
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