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Richard Eyre

Richard Eyre's most recent feature film was the Academy Award winning IRIS, which won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Jim Broadbent and received nominations for both Judi Dench and Kate Winslet as the older and younger Iris Murdoch.

His London production of Vincent in Brixton recently appeared on Broadway, as did his production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Director. Additionally, Eyre received a Tony nomination in 1997 for Skylight and Tony Award as co-producer of Carousel at the Lincoln Center Theater.

As director of The Royal National Theatre, Eyre produced over 100 productions. Under his direction, the National received countless awards (24 in 1992 alone). Eyre directed 27 plays during his tenure, including Guys and Dolls (Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for Best Director); Richard III with Ian McKellen; Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love (Evening Standard Award); King Lear with Ian Holm (winner of Evening Standard, Olivier and Critics Circle Awards), which he also directed for BBC TV and WGBH (Peabody Award); David Hare's Amy's View with Judi Dench; and Absence of War, which he also directed for BBC TV. Under Eyre's direction, the group became the first British theater company to visit Lithuania, and also traveled to Korea, mainland China, South Africa, and New Zealand.

Eyre's screen credits include THE PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH (winner of the Evening Standard Best British Film Award). His work for television includes The Insurance Man, Suddenly, Last Summer and the BAFTA-winning BBC drama, Tumbledown.

His books include the memoir Utopia and Other Places and Changing Stages, a guide to 20th century British and American theatre which Eyre later presented as a BBC and PBS Television series. National Service, Eyre's account of his 10 years at the National Theatre, was published in 2003 by Bloomsbury.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Richard Eyre Facts

BirthdayMarch 28, 1943 (80)
BirthplaceBarnstaple, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series
Henry IV
Notes on a Scandal
Stage Beauty
Singleton's Pluck
The Other Man
Bizet: Carmen
The Dresser
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