“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.”
Hamlet Act 3, Scene 2
Directing Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.
Lindsay Posner is a renowned West End theatre director. His production of Death and the Maiden, as Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre in London, won two Olivier Awards and his production of A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre was nominated for four Oliviers, including Best Director.
Lindsay’s Shakespeare credits include Richard III (at the Old Globe, San Diego) as well as Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has directed some of the greatest plays at some of London’s most famous theatres: The Provok’d Wife, The Winslow Boy and Noises Off at The Old Vic, Abigail’s Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Uncle Vanya and An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville, The Hypochondriac at the Almeida, and Tartuffe at the National Theatre.
In addition, Lindsay has directed musicals (Carousel at the Churchill Theatre, Savoy Theatre and on UK tour; Fiddler on the Roof at the Savoy Theatre and Sheffield Crucible) and operas (Giulio Cesare for the Royal Opera House; Rigoletto for Holland Park Opera; La Traviata and Tosca for Grange Park Opera). Lindsay has also worked overseas in New York, San Diego and Montclair in the USA, as well as Moscow and Dublin.
Damian Cruden has been Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal for the past 20 years. He won an Olivier Award for his acclaimed production of The Railway Children, which incorporated a real steam engine into the imaginative staging. Originally performed at the National Railway Museum in York, the stunning production later transferred to Waterloo Station in London, followed by a season in Toronto, and the King’s Cross Theatre in London.
In addition to directing the celebrated York Mystery Plays (2012), Damian’s Shakespeare credits at York Theatre Royal include Macbeth, Othello and Romeo and Juliet. His other notable productions include Brideshead Revisited, In Fog and Falling Snow, Blithe Spirit, Peter Pan, My Family and Other Animals, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wind in the Willows, Death of a Salesman, Pygmalion, Hay Fever, Brassed Off, Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Noises Off, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Educating Rita and Private Lives.
Damian has also co-directed the last 18 hugely popular pantomimes at York Theatre Royal with local legend Berwick Kaler. Previously Damian worked for Hull Truck Theatre, the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre as well as the Tron Theatre Glasgow and TAG Theatre Company in Scotland.
Directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Juliet is an award-winning director and Associate Director at York Theatre Royal. She has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at Stratford-upon- Avon - the home of Shakespeare – directing young people’s productions based on The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing and Henry IV, Part One, as well as regularly leading teacher training sessions on practical approaches to Shakespeare both nationally and internationally.
Juliet’s Shakespeare credits also include Twelfth Night for York Theatre Royal, The Tempest for Winchester Theatre Royal and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
Juliet’s other directing credits at York Theatre Royal include: Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes, The Machine Stops, In Fog and Falling Snow, Betrayal, A Number, See How They Run, Morgana le Fey, Angels & Insects, Escaping Alice, The Crucible, Two Planks and a Passion, Oleanna, Rupert Brooke, The Journey, Rabbit & Hedgehog, Whatever Next and Beyond Measure - a new verse play about Isabella from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
She is also Chair of the Trustees of York-based Out of Character Theatre Company, which enables those with mental health issues to become involved in the theatre, and has directed the company in Objects of Terror, Pirandello’s Henry IV and Tales from Kafka.
Prior to coming to York, she worked with Big Wooden Horse, which produces high quality theatre for younger audiences, directing The Legend of Perseus, The Night Before Christmas and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, which toured the UK, USA and Canada, and was Associate Artist at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, directing The Devil at Coventry, Alien Invasion, Five Princes and a Wedding and View - based on Arthur Miller’s A View from a Bridge.
As Artistic Director of Birmingham-based Custard Factory Theatre Company, she directed national touring productions of A Doll’s House, The Pastoral Symphony and The Gloop Monster, as well as a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in collaboration with Kokuma Dance Theatre.