Matthew Warchus

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
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 a college student ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1966 in Kent, England, GB

Filmography

Director (2)

Pride 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

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 a college student. Shortly after graduating from the University of Bristol, he created a bit of a stir with his staging of "Sejanus: His Fall," an obscure Ben Jonson play. Warchus then returned to his native area and served two years as associate director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, proving equally effective as a director of plays (e.g., "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") and musicals (e.g., "Fiddler on the Roof"). In 1992, he made his West End debut as director of "Much Ado About Nothing" and subsequently attracted further attention with his interpretation of Sam Shepard's seminal work "True West" at the Donmar Warehouse in 1994.

Relationships

Lauren Ward

Wife
Married in January 2002 she appeared in his Broadway production of "Follies" (2001)

EDUCATION

University of Bristol

1987

University of Bristol

1987

Milestones

2009

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

2008

Directed David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum

2007

Staged a production of "Boeing Boeing" at London's Comedy Theatre; production moved to Broadway in 2008; earned a Tony nomination for Best Direction

2007

Directed the stage adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

2003

Directed the Broadway production of "Life (x) 3" with Helen Hunt and John Turturro

2002

Directed Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" at the Royal Shakespeare Company

2002

Assumed position of artistic director of the Old Vic (January)

2001

Staged the Roundabout Theater's Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"

2000

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

2000

Staged "The Unexpected Man" Off-Broadway with Eileen Atkins and Alan Bates

1999

Feature film directorial debut "Simpatico"; also contributed to screenplay adaptation from Sam Shepard's play

1998

Re-teamed with Yasmina Reza on "The Unexpected Man" in London

1998

Restaged "Art" on Broadway; production won Tony Award for Best Play; earned a Tony nomination for direction

1997

Directed Alex Jennings and Susannah York in "Hamlet" at London's Barbican Theatre

1996

Staged Yasmina Reza's three-character play "Art" in London

1994

Directed "Troilus and Cressida" for the English National Opera

1994

Directed Sam Shepard's "True West" at the Donmar Warehouse

1992

West End directing debut, "Much Ado About Nothing"

1987

Staged the rarely produced Ben Jonson play "Sejanus his Fall" in Edinburgh

After college, worked for two years as associate director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

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