Trevor Nunn

Director, Artistic director, Screenwriter
A heralded stage director of such London and Broadway hits as "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby", "Cats" and "Les Miserables", Trevor Nunn is the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1940 in Suffolk, England, GB

Filmography

Music (7)

Rio 2 2014 (Movie)

("Memory") (Song)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 2011 (Movie)

("Memory") (Song)

Funny People 2009 (Movie)

("Memory") (Song)

Post Grad 2009 (Movie)

("Memory") (Song)

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

("Memory") (Song)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

("Memory") (Song)

Cats 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics
Director (7)

Oklahoma! 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Merchant of Venice 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Twelfth Night 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Lady Jane 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Hedda 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Comedy of Errors (TV Show)

Director
Writer (3)

Les Misérables 2012 (Movie)

(adapted and directed original London production, produced in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company) (Source Material)

Twelfth Night 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hedda 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Living Shakespeare: A Year With the RSC 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Executive (1)

"Les Miserables" in Concert 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Supervisor
Producer (1)

Antony and Cleopatra (TV Show)

Producer
Other (1)

Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Production

Biography

A heralded stage director of such London and Broadway hits as "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby", "Cats" and "Les Miserables", Trevor Nunn is the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and current head of The National Theatre. After attending Cambridge, he began his career producing and directing plays at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Within two years, he joined the RSC as associate director, a position he held until 1968 when he was named chief executive and artistic director. Administrative duties aside, Nunn first directed an actual production for the RSC in 1965, handing the children's play, "The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew" but it was his 1969 staging of "The Revenger's Tragedy" that established his reputation. During his tenure, he oversaw a number of acclaimed productions including "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967), "King Lear" (1968), "Coriolanus", "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Titus Andronicus" (all 1972). His first American foray was overseeing the RSC's 1974 production of "Richard II". In 1976, Nunn branched out into musicals with an adaptation of "The Comedy of Errors". But it was David Edgar's two-part version of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" that solidified his reputation. Co-directed with John Caird, the production opened to raves in London and on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Director. Nunn teamed with Andrew Lloyd Webber on "Cats", drawn from the poetry of T S Eliot, staging the musical and contributing additional lyrics (most notably to the show's signature tune "Memory"). The Broadway production earned seven Tony Awards (including one for Nunn's direction) and went on to become the longest-running musical in Broadway history in 1997.

Relationships

Dorothy May Nunn

Mother

Judy Kuhn Actor

Companion
together in the late 1980s when she appeared in "Chess", directed by Nunn

Sharon Lee-Hill

Wife
married in 1986 divorced in 1991 appeared in "Cats"

Robert Nunn

Father

Ellie Nunn

Daughter
mother, Imogen Stubbs

Jesse Nunn

Son
born c. 1995 mother, Imogen Stubbs

Joshua Nunn

Son
born on November 11, 1980 mother, Janet Suzman

Imogen Stubbs Actor

Wife
Directed by Nunn in "Othello" c. 1994 and the film "Twelfth Night" (1996)

Janet Suzman Actor

Wife
Married October 17, 1969 divorced in 1986

EDUCATION

Downing College, University of Cambridge

1962

Milestones

2000

Staged production of "The Cherry Orchard" starring real-life siblings Corin and Vanessa Redgrave

1998

Staged the debut production of a previously unproduced Tennessee Williams' play "Not About Nightingales"; recreated staging for Broadway

1998

Helmed acclaimed London stage revival of "Oklahoma!"

1997

Assumed position as head of the National Theatre (October)

1997

In June, "Cats" became the longest-running musical in Broadway history

1996

Adapted and directed feature version of "Twelfth Night", co-starring Helena Bonham Carter and Nunn's wife Imogen Stubbs

1995

Chosen as successor to Richard Eyre as artistic director of London's National Theatre

1994

Signed two-year, first look deal with New Line Cinema

1994

Again helmed a Lloyd Webber musical, "Sunset Boulevard"

1993

Directed a TV version of "Porgy and Bess"

1989

Staged the Lloyd Webber musical "Aspects of Love" in London; repeated for Broadway in 1990

1986

Assumed direction of musical "Chess" after Michael Bennett withdrew because of illness

1985

Helmed second film, the period drama "Lady Jane", written by David Edgar and starring Helena Bonham Carter

1985

With Caird, co-directed the musical "Les Miserables"; repeated staging for the 1987 Broadway production

1982

Co-directed four-part TV verion of "Nicholas Nickleby"; aired in syndication in USA in 1983

1981

Contributed lyrics and directed the London production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats"; repeated staging for the 1982 Broadway production

1980

With John Caird, co-directed David Edgar's "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"; production moved to Broadway in 1981

1976

Wrote lyrics for and staged "The Comedy of Errors" at RSC

1975

Made screen debut directing and adapting "Hedda"

1974

Produced a British TV version of "Anthony and Cleopatra" starring his then-wife Janet Suzman

1968

Won widespread praise for directing "The Revenger's Tragedy" for RSC

1968

Was Artistic Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company

1965

Directed children's play "The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew" for Royal Shakespeare Company

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