ABOUT STEPHEN

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STEPHEN WHITSON

THEATRE & FILM DIRECTOR

Originally from Edinburgh, Stephen trained at The Arts Educational Schools, London. He has directed productions in London and around the UK.

Current Theatre Directing credits: You Forgot The Mince – a new play by Francesca Joy (Edinburgh Festival/UK Tour 2017); 42nd Street (Associate Director – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London – West End); Hamilton (UK Associate Director – Victoria Palace Theatre, London – West End).

Recent Theatre Directing credits include: Benighted by J.B. Priestley (World Premiere, London – Winter 2016) [Off West End Award Nomination – Best Director]; You Forgot The Mince (UK Tour 2016); The Last Five Years (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion Theatre, London), Little Women (Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham), Return To The Forbidden Planet (SWG3, Glasgow), Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Dubailand (Finborough Theatre), If Only… by Michel Tremblay (Bread & Roses Theatre, London), Circuit Breaker (Timewave Festival, London), The Wizard of Oz (St. Ives Theatre, Cornwall), Cross Purpose by Albert Camus (King’s Head Theatre, London) and Jubilee Street (Theatre503, London).

Film Directing credits include: Faster, Higher, Straighter, Stronger (2017 Release – Rare Moustache/Crixus/Criaglockhart Road Productions), The Trip (Short/London Sci-Fi Festival 2014), 13 (Short/Rare Moustache) and Shooting Star (Music Video/The Big Bads).

Associate/Assistant Director credits include: Barnum (Cameron Mackintosh/Michael Harrison/UK Tour), From Here To Eternity (West End, 2014 Cinema Release), Private Lives (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), La Fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park), RENT (Greenwich Theatre), Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten (Aldeburgh Music Festival/BBC), What You Will (The Globe Theatre/London 2012 Festival), While The Sun Shines (Top Goat Productions, Lion & Unicorn Theatre), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (LOST Theatre).

On stage, Stephen’s credits covered several large scale productions, including the 2012 Olivier Award Winning (Best Musical Revival) Crazy For You (West End and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), My Fair Lady (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall and Sheffield Theatres) and The Producers (West End). During this time he worked with directors such as Adrian Noble, Daniel Evans, Timothy Sheader, Susan Stroman, and Stephen Mear.

Stephen is a Creative Consultant to the St. Ives Theatre, Cornwall.

PRESS REACTION

★ ★ ★ ★
"Passionate performances and slick staging elevate this story of domestic abuse."

You Forgot The Mince (Edinburgh Festival)

David Fargnoli | The Stage

"a highly entertaining, frenzied piece of theatre, directed expertly by Stephen Whitson"

Benighted by J.B. Priestley

Sophie Baggott | Exeunt Magazine

"Stephen Whitson’s entertaining production"

Benighted by J.B. Priestley

Natasha Tripney | The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★
"Director Stephen Whitson strikes a fine balance between easy thrills and smarter psychological chills."

Benighted by J.B. Priestley

Miriam Gillinson | Time Out

"a sublime, moving evening"​

Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens

Mark Shenton | My Theatre Mates

★ ★ ★ ★
"a stylish take on Jason Robert Brown’s intricate musical"

The Last Five Years (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast)

Jayne Coyle | The Irish Times

"an absolute joy to experience... outstanding direction from Stephen Whitson"​

Little Women (The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham)

Lyn Bache | Love Midlands Theatre

★ ★ ★ ★
"a production distinguished by the nuanced performances of Fra Fee and Amy Lennox and by the fingertip sensitivity of Whitson’s direction."

The Last Five Years (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast)

Michael Quinn | Musical Theatre Review

"a wonderful production... Stephen Whitson's direction is first-class"

Little Women (The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham)

Jenny Antill | Broadway World

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"expert direction by Stephen Whitson... an absurdly beautiful and horrifying piece of theatre"

Cross Purpose (King’s Head Theatre, London)

Joe Crystal | One Stop Arts

★ ★ ★ ★
"Stephen Whitson’s direction is delicate and precise, perfectly complementing the nuances of Tremblay’s exquisite script."​

If Only… by Michel Tremblay

Aisha Josiah | The Upcoming

★ ★ ★ ★
"Director Stephen Whitson's creative take on this modern musical theatre staple is smart and unusual, but it never eclipses the material."

The Last Five Years (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast)

Andrew Johnston | The Belfast Telegraph

GET IN TOUCH

For all professional enquiries, Stephen is represented by Simon Blakey at The Agency…

sblakey@theagency.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7727 1346

24 Pottery Lane
Holland Park
London
W11 4LZ

…or contact Stephen directly…