Rupert is currently Associate Director to Thom Southerland on a new musical THE BRAILLE LEGACY at Charing Cross Theatre and to Jamie Lloyd on the Philip Ridley plays THE PITCHFORK DISNEY and KILLER at Shoreditch Town Hall where, as part of the season there, he directed a rehearsed reading of KRINDLEKRAX with Alex Lawther as Ruskin Splinter. He recently directed SMALL VICTORIES as part of Women Redressed at The Park and forthcoming work includes SILENT MEAT at the Pleasance Theatre later this summer.
Rupert's other credits as Director include 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, the musical of THE SECRET GARDEN at the Ambassadors Theatre (the spring version for young performers), ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS at the Charing Cross Theatre and a reading of Mike Poulton's new play SEEMING TRUST at the St James Theatre - having directed a first at the Trafalgar Studios with Katy Stephens and Jonjo O'Neill in January. He has also directed a scratch performance of 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.
Rupert's other work as Assistant/Associate Director includes working with Adam Penford on UNFAITHFUL at Found lll in Charing Cross Road, and to Jonathan Church on HOBSON'S CHOICE at the Vaudeville in the West End, on its UK tour and opening at Theatre Royal, Bath.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, and Nikolai Foster on BEAUTIFUL THING, supervising its 2015 tour.
He was also Assistant Director to Jamie Lloyd on both ASSASSINS at the Menier Chocolate Factory and THE RULING CLASS with James McAvoy 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 at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
Rupert read English at Warwick, graduating in 2014, and whilst there directed the musicals THE KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN (Warwick Arts Centre Studio) and SWEENEY TODD (Warwick Arts Centre Main House), 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