The Yorkshire raised son of a former actor turned vicar, Matthew Warchus was at first considering following in his father's first profession until he discovered a preference for directing while still...
Kent, England, GB
|Staged the rarely produced Ben Jonson play "Sejanus his Fall" in Edinburgh|
|Staged "The Unexpected Man" Off-Broadway with Eileen Atkins and Alan Bates|
|After college, worked for two years as associate director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse|
|Directed Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy of plays "The Norman Conquests" and Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage" on Broadway; earned Tony nominations for both plays|
|Restaged "Art" on Broadway; production won Tony Award for Best Play; earned a Tony nomination for direction|
|Directed Alex Jennings and Susannah York in "Hamlet" at London's Barbican Theatre|
|Directed the stage adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane|
|Directed the Broadway production of "Life (x) 3" with Helen Hunt and John Turturro|
|Directed Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" at the Royal Shakespeare Company|
|Staged the Roundabout Theater's Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"|
|Assumed position of artistic director of the Old Vic (January)|
|Feature film directorial debut "Simpatico"; also contributed to screenplay adaptation from Sam Shepard's play|
|Re-teamed with Yasmina Reza on "The Unexpected Man" in London|
|Directed "True West" on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly alternating the two lead roles; received a Tony nomination for Best Direction|
|Staged a production of "Boeing Boeing" at London's Comedy Theatre; production moved to Broadway in 2008; earned a Tony nomination for Best Direction|
|Staged Yasmina Reza's three-character play "Art" in London|
|Directed "Troilus and Cressida" for the English National Opera|
|West End directing debut, "Much Ado About Nothing"|
|Directed David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum|
|Directed Sam Shepard's "True West" at the Donmar Warehouse|
Warchus truly became internationally known after directing "Art", Yasmina Reza's 1996 three character comedy-drama about male friendship. The London production was an immediate hit and spawned a Tony-winning Broadway stand. The busy director barely stopped working, overseeing Alex Jennings' acclaimed turn as "Hamlet" in 1997 and reuniting with playwright Reza for her two-hander "The Unexpected Man".
Like many of his contemporaries (i.e., Nicholas Hytner, Sam Mendes, Deborah Warner), Warchus did not want to be pigeonholed strictly as a theater director. He had branched out to opera and it was perhaps inevitable that he would try filmmaking. Given his success with Sam Shepard's "True West" (which he re-staged to great acclaim on Broadway in 2000), he was able to obtain from the playwright the screen rights to "Simpatico". Released in 1999, the film version, which Warchus co-wrote with David Nicholls, captured the spirit of Shepard's work and provided strong roles for screen veterans Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte and Sharon Stone.
|Lauren Ward||Wife||Married in January 2002; she appeared in his Broadway production of "Follies" (2001)|
|University of Bristol|
|University of Bristol|
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