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Chris Parr (born 1943) is a British theatre director and television executive.



In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Parr was Fellow in Theatre at the University of Bradford. In the mid-1970s, he became Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre.

In 1994, he was appointed head of drama at BBC Birmingham, and in the same year he produced the serial Takin' Over the Asylum, which won a BAFTA award. In 1995 he moved to the BBC's central drama department in London to become Head of Drama Series, but after less than a year in the position he was demoted after controversy surrounding a loan he had been given by a friend who was involved with an independent production company from which Parr could conceivably have commissioned programmes.[1]

By 2002, he had moved to Thames Television as head of drama.


as DirectorEdit

  • Revenge by Howard Brenton (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1969)
  • Gum and Goo by Howard Brenton, Bradford University Theatre Group, 1969–70
  • Heads by Howard Brenton, University of Bradford Drama Group, 1969
  • The Education of Skinny Spew by Howard Brenton, University of Bradford Drama Group, 1969
  • Triple Bill: Laughs etc, History of a Poor Old Man and The Old Jew (Soho Theatre, 1970)
  • Two Kinds of Angels (Bradford, 1970)
  • Inquisition (Soho Theatre, 1971)
  • A Fart for Europe (Theatre Upstairs, 1973)
  • True-Life (Soho Theatre, 1973)
  • New Reekie (Traverse Theatre, 1977)
  • A&R (Traverse Theatre, 1977)
  • Rents (Traverse Theatre, 1979)[2]
  • The Case of David Anderson QC (Traverse Theatre, 1980)
  • The Long March (BBC Television, 1983)
  • The Rainbow (BBC Television)
  • Heartlanders (Birmingham Community Theatre, 1989)
  • Kings of the Road (Edinburgh Festival, Ambassadors Dublin, Winchester Theatre Royal, Greenwich Theatre, 2003)[3]
  • The Musical (Edinburgh Festival, 2004)

as ProducerEdit

as Executive ProducerEdit

as Commissioning EditorEdit


  1. ^ Culf, Andrew (18 June 1996). "BBC Drama Chief Demoted Over Loan". The Guardian.
  2. ^ 'Critic's Choice: Theatre', Scotland on Sunday, 18 May 2003. Retrieved 3 December 2005.
  3. ^ 'Biography',, 2003 Archived 10 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 3 December 2005.