Rupert is currently Co-director on WENDY & PETER PAN with Jonathan Munby at Leeds Playhouse, having recently returned from Tokyo where the production opened with a Japanese company.
His most recent credits as Director include CANDIDE at Mountview, ALL THAT I AM, SPRING AWAKENING, COMPANY and the UK premiere of Stephen Adly Guirguis's BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY (all Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), NEXT TO NORMAL and ASSASSINS (Royal Academy of Music), CABARET (London College of Music), FOX (Old Red Lion), PERICLES (LAMDA) and David Harrower's award-winning BLACKBIRD with Christian Patterson and Sophie Melville (Best Actress Award, Wales Theatre Awards/The Other Room, Cardiff).
In 2020 - but postponed due to Covid-19 - Rupert was scheduled to work as Associate Director on the transfers of Jamie Lloyd's productions of CYRANO DE BERGERAC to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and EVITA to the Barbican Theatre.
His other most recent credits as Associate Director include Jamie Lloyd's productions of CYRANO DE BERGERAC with James McAvoy (Playhouse), EVITA (Open Air Theatre/Regent's Park)and the Pinter at the Pinter season - PARTY TIME, CELEBRATION, THE DUMB WAITER and a SLIGHT ACHE - all directed by Jamie Lloyd; VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE directed by Walter Bobbie (Ustinov/Theatre Royal Bath), KING LEAR directed by Jonathan Munby with Ian McKellan (Duke of York's), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS directed by Sam Yates with Christian Slater and Kris Marshall (Playhouse) and APOLOGIA directed by Jamie Lloyd with Stockard Channing (Trafalgar Studios).
Rupert's 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 a new play by Mike Poulton's 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.
Previous work as Associate/Assistant Director includes - with Jamie Lloyd on the Philip Ridley plays THE PITCHFORK DISNEY and KILLER (Shoreditch Town Hall), Adam Penford on UNFAITHFUL (Found lll), Jonathan Church on HOBSON'S CHOICE(Bath, West End and tour), Thom Southerland on GREY GARDENS (Southwark Playhouse), Lucy Bailey on AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (St James Theatre), Jeremy Sams on THE REHEARSAL (Minerva/Chichester Festival Theatre) and MONSIEUR POPULAR (Ustinov /Theatre Royal Bath) Nikolai Foster on BEAUTIFUL THING (UK tour), Jamie Lloyd on ASSASSINS (Menier Chocolate Factory) and THE RULING CLASS (Trafalgar Studios), Alice Hamiliton on ORSON'S SHADOW (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.
Photograph of Rupert Hands by CATHERINE ASHMORE