Rupert Hands

Rupert's current and forthcoming work as Director include CARRIE at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR at Mountview. 

He has also just completed a run as well as Associate Director to Jamie Lloyd on SUNSET BOULEVARD at the Savoy with Nicole Scherzinger.

His other credits as Director include OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR and CANDIDE (Mountview), DIRTY HEARTS (Old Red Lion, WENDY & PETER PAN with Jonathan Munby (Leeds Playhouse - the production having originally opened Tokyo with a Japanese company), EDWARD ll, 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), SWEET CHARITY (Italia Conti), 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 - and CONFESSIONS (both at The Other Room, Cardiff), the musical of THE SECRET GARDEN (Ambassadors), a rehearsed reading of Philip Ridley's KRINDLEKRAX with Alex Lawther as Ruskin Splinter (Shoreditch Town Hall), SMALL VICTORIES/Women Redressed(The Park), ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS (Charing Cross), and readings of a new play by Mike Poulton's SEEMING TRUST, AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS and THE WHITE SLAVES OF BARBARY as well as directing Shakespeare Scenes at LAMDA's short summer course. 

Rupert's work as Associate Director to Jamie Lloyd includes CYRANO DE BERGERAC with James McAvoy (Playhouse and then again post-Covid at the Pinter prior to its run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music), EVITA (Open Air Theatre/Regent's Park)and the Pinter at the Pinter season - PARTY TIME, CELEBRATION, THE DUMB WAITER and a SLIGHT ACHE and APOLOGIA  with Stockard Channing (Trafalgar Studios). Other Associate Director credits include KING LEAR directed by Jonathan Munby with Ian McKellan (Duke of York's), VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE directed by Walter Bobbie (Ustinov/Theatre Royal Bath) and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS directed by Sam Yates with Christian Slater and Kris Marshall (Playhouse).

Previous work as 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