Bio: Deborah Warner’s theatre credits include: The Good Person of Szechuan; Woyzeck; The Tempest; Measure for Measure; King Lear and Coriolanus (Kick Theatre Company); Titus Andronicus (Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Direction), King John and Electra (RSC); The Good Person of Sichuan, King Lear, Richard II (French Critic’s Best Foreign Production), The Powerbook, Happy Days and Mother Courage and her Children (National Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Laurence Olivier Awards for Direction and Production) (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/Playhouse Theatre, London); Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls (Garrick Theatre, London); Coriolanus with Bruno Ganz (Salzburger Festspiele); Une Maison de Poupée (Odéon, Paris); Medea (Evening Standard Award for Direction, three Tony nominations and two Obies) (Abbey Theatre,
Dublin/Queens Theatre, London/US tour and Broadway) and three devised installation pieces The St Pancras Project; The Tower Project (LIFT), The Angel Project (Perth International Arts Festival and Lincoln Center Festival, NYC.), The Testament of Mary (Broadway and The Barbican), The Tempest (Osterfestspiele Salzburg) and King Lear (Old Vic, London).
Her production of The Waste Land with Fiona Shaw visited Brussels, Dublin, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, Brighton, Adelaide, Bergen, Perth, Madrid, London – at Wilton’s Music Hall (where it was the first live theatre event since the theatre closed in the 19th Century) and the Liberty Theatre, New York, where it won two New York Drama Desk Awards. Deborah is an Associate Artist at the Barbican Theatre where she directed Julius Caesar starring Ralph Fiennes, Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw and Sheridan’s School for Scandal. Her production of Beckett’s Happy Days with Fiona Shaw travelled from the National Theatre to Paris, Madrid and Epidaurus (where it made history as the first 20th Century text to be performed in that theatre.) and then on to Washington, New York, Amsterdam, Epidaurus again and Dublin.
Opera credits include: Wozzeck and La Voix Humaine (Opera North); Don Giovanni and Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival); Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher (BBC Proms); The Turn of the Screw (Royal Opera House) (Evening Standard and South Bank Show Awards); The Diary of One Who Vanished (English National Opera and at the Dublin Festival, Maison de la Culture de SeineSaint-Denis, Bobigny, Holland Festival, Lincoln Center and Royal National Theatre); St John Passion and Messiah (ENO, Opera de Lyon); Death in Venice (ENO, La Monnaie, Brussels and La Scala, Milan); The Rape of Lucretia (Bayerische Staatsoper); Dido and Aeneas conducted by William Christie (Wiener Festwochen, L’Opera Comique, Paris, Dutch National Opera); and La Traviata (Wiener Festwochen).
Deborah’s recent engagements include a new production of Fidelio to open the Teatro alla Scala 2014/15 season, revived in the 2017/18 season; the world premiere of Tansy Davies’s opera Between Worlds for English National Opera; and a new production of Billy Budd at Teatro Real Madrid, presented in May 2018 at Opera di Roma. Forthcoming Deborah’s production of Billy Budd will be presented at the Royal Opera House. She will also direct a new production of La Traviata at the Theatre des Champs Elysees.
Film credits include: The Waste Land (Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes) and The Last September (Official Selection Director’s Fortnight, Cannes, Toronto and Edinburgh Film Festivals).
Television credits include: Hedda Gabler (BBC), Richard II (Illuminations TV/BBC) and St. John Passion (BBC) Deborah was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1992, L’Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 2000, and Commandeaur des Arts et des Lettres in 2013. She was created a CBE in the 2006 Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours for services to drama.