Rupert is currently Associate Director to Jonathan Munby on KING LEAR with Ian McKellan which transfers to the Duke of York's this summer after its sell out season in the Minerva at Chichester. Most recently he has been Associate Director to Sam Yates on GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS with Christian Slater and Kris Marshall at the Playhouse Theatre and Jamie Lloyd on APOLOGIA with Stockard Channing at Trafalgar Studios.
Rupert's most recent credits as Director include the UK premiere of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Stephen Adly Guirgis at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, David Harrower's award-winning play BLACKBIRD with Christian Patterson and Sophie Melville (Best Actress Award, Wales Theatre Awards 2017) at The Other Room in Cardiff, a new play FOX at The Old Red Lion and PERICLES at LAMDA.
His other work as Director include CONFESSIONS at The Other Room, the musical of THE SECRET GARDEN at the Ambassadors Theatre, a rehearsed reading of Philip Ridley's KRINDLEKRAX with Alex Lawther as Ruskin Splinter at Shoreditch Town Hall, SMALL VICTORIES/Women Redressed at The Park, ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS at the Charing Cross Theatre and readings of Mike Poulton's new play SEEMING TRUST at the St James Theatre Studio and the Trafalgar Studios. He has also directed AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS at Five Fountayne, THE WHITE SLAVES OF BARBARY in the St James Studio and Shakespeare Scenes on LAMDA's short summer course.
As Associate Director Rupert has worked with Jamie Lloyd on the Philip Ridley plays THE PITCHFORK DISNEY and KILLER at Shoreditch Town Hall, with Adam Penford on UNFAITHFUL at Found lll in Charing Cross Road, and Jonathan Church on HOBSON'S CHOICE at the Vaudeville in the West End, on its UK tour and opening at Theatre Royal Bath. As Associate/Assistant he has worked with Thom Southerland on the UK premiere of the musical GREY GARDENS at Southwark Playhouse, Lucy Bailey on AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at the St James Theatre, Jeremy Sams on THE REHEARSAL in the Minerva at Chichester Festival Theatre and MONSIEUR POPULAR in the Ustinov Studio Theatre Royal Bath, Nikolai Foster on BEAUTIFUL THING, supervising its 2015 tour, Jamie Lloyd on ASSASSINS at the Menier Chocolate Factory and THE RULING CLASS at the Trafalgar Studios, on the European premiere of ORSON'S SHADOW directed by Alice Hamilton at Southwark Playhouse, as well as HAMLET directed by Terry Hands, THE HERBAL BED and GHOSTS both directed by Emma Lucia, and SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND directed by Peter Rowe all at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
Rupert read English at Warwick graduating in 2014, and whilst there directed the musicals THE KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN and SWEENEY TODD, as well as MEMORY by Jonathan Lichtenstein, THE HISTORY BOYS and OLEANNA. During the course of his degree he also shadowed Greg Doran on THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO and Lucy Bailey on THE WINTER'S TALE at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Terry Hands on THE WINSLOW BOY and BOEING-BOEING at Clwyd Theatr Cyrmru.
Photograph of Rupert Hands by CATHERINE ASHMORE