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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 Scenic Design. 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 of Northampton 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 Michael 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 Bartlett's screen 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. Other notable 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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