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Trevor Nunn

Trevor Nunn was appointed an associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1965; three years later he became artistic director -- at 28, the youngest in the company's history. He retired from the post in 1986 and was recently named Artistic Director (Designate) of England's Royal National Theatre.

His productions for the RSC include The Revenger's Tragedy, The Relapse, The Alchemist, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, Henry VIII, Hamlet, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well, Three Sisters, Juno and the Paycock and Othello. In 1982, Nunn opened the RSC's London home at the Barbican with his production of Henry IV, parts I and II; he later oversaw the opening of the RSC's Swan Theatre at Stratford, directing one of its first productions, The Fair Maid of the West. He also directed the first two productions in the new Other Place Theatre at Stratford, The Blue Angel and Measure for Measure.

With John Caird, Nunn co-directed Nicholas Nickleby (which won five Tony Awards) and Les Miserables (winner of eight Tony Awards and the most performed musical in the world.) Outside the RSC, Nunn has directed the original productions of the award-winning musicals Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard for Andrew Lloyd Webber; Chess and The Baker's Wife.

Nunn's other theatre productions include Timon of Athens, Heartbreak House and Arcadia. For Glyndebourne Opera, he has directed Idomeneo, Porgy and Bess, Cosi Fan Tutte and Peter Grimes. At the Royal Opera House, he directed Katya Kabanova and revived Porgy and Bess.

Nunn's work for television includes several acclaimed versions of plays by Shakespeare, an Emmy winning version of Nicholas Nickleby and a film of Porgy and Bess. He has directed two previous feature films -- Hedda (1975), based on the Ibsen play and starring Glenda Jackson and Lady Jane (1986), starring Helena Bonham Carter.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Trevor Nunn Facts

Birth Name Trevor Robert Nunn
BirthdayJanuary 14, 1940 (83)
BirthplaceIpswich, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Lady Jane
Twelfth Night
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Twelfth Night: Or What You Will
George Gershwin
Les Miserables in Concert: The Dream Cast
King Lear
William Shakespeare: Othello
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