Deborah Warner

Director
This brilliant young British stage and opera director is best-known for her dazzling and daring takes on the works of Shakespeare, Sophocles, Bach, Berg, Beckett, Brecht and Ibsen--and for her long-time working ... Read more »
Born: 05/12/1959 in Oxford, England, GB

Filmography

Director (2)

The Waste Land 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Hedda Gabler (TV Show)

Director

Biography

This brilliant young British stage and opera director is best-known for her dazzling and daring takes on the works of Shakespeare, Sophocles, Bach, Berg, Beckett, Brecht and Ibsen--and for her long-time working relationship with Irish actress Fiona Shaw. Stating that her objective is to take a classic and "make it real for now," Warner has been alternately praised as an innovator and blasted for her unorthodox approaches in her stagings of works like "Footfalls" (1994) and "Richard II" (1995), the former being curtailed by the playwright's estate due to Warner's disregard of Samuel Beckett's stage directions, the latter starring actress Shaw as the monarch.

Relationships

Father

Milestones

2000

Returned to the stage to direct Shaw in "Medea" in Dublin

1999

Feature directorial debut, "The Last September"; released theatrically in USA in 2000

1996

New York stage directorial debut, reprising work on "The Waste Land", starring Shaw

1995

Directed Shaw in adaptation of T S Eliot's "The Waste Land"; filmed for the BBC and aired in 1996

1995

Helmed "Richard II" in London, with Shaw as the king

1994

Helmed production of Samuel Beckett's "Footfalls"; drama's run was cut short by the playwright's estate who was horrified by her interpretation of the text

1994

Staged unpopular production of the opera "Don Giovanni" at the new Glyndebourne opera house

1993

Directed first opera "Wozzeck" for Opera North

1988

First stage collaboration with actress Fiona Shaw, "Electra"

1988

Directed Shakespeare's goriest tragedy "Titus Andronicus", for which she won her first Olivier Award

1987

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as one of its few female directors

1980

Started own theater company Kick

Staged Bach's "St. John Passion" for English National Opera

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