Marcus Romer

Marcus Romer (born 1961) is a British director. Romer wrote and directed the 2014 feature film The Knife That Killed Me. He was the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre in York, England from 1993 - 2016. He has been Associate Artist at Theatre Royal Stratford East 2016 - 2018, and Harrogate Theatre 2017-2019. He is currently Acting Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. His production of 'Looking for JJ' which he adapted from the novel by Anne Cassidy won the TMA award for best production for young people. Romer has played roles in several British television series.

Marcus Romer
Marcus Romer

1961 (age 58–59)
EducationLeeds University
OccupationActor, director, playwright, screenwriter
Years active1995–present



As a stage director, Romer has won three Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for productions of Lord of the Flies, and Beautiful Thing (2005). Other directing work includes Sing Yer Heart Out For the Lads, by Roy Williams, Road by Jim Cartwright, Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, Mirad a Boy from Bosnia by Ad de Bont, Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs, The Twits by Roald Dahl and Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy which won the TMA award in 2008[1] for best production for young people.

He has directed work at York Theatre Royal, Lyric Hammersmith, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, the Unicorn, London, Swan Theatre, Worcester, Harrogate Theatre and Oldham Coliseum as well as directing work that has toured to Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Richmond Theatre, London, Artsdepot, Contact Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, Haymarket Theatre, Jersey Opera House, Belfast Grand Theatre, Northampton, Sheffield Lyceum, Wakefield Theatre Royal and Winchester Theatre Royal.

Romer directed a 2014 Pilot Theatre version of Antigone adapted as a contemporary street drama by Roy Williams.[2] It premiered on 22 September 2014 at the Derby Theatre and received positive reviews.[3]

In July 2018 Romer co-directed a new production for National Theatre Wales. 'As Long As The Heart Beats' This production formed part of the National Health Service's 70th birthday celebration festival in 2018. Wales Arts Review


Romer adapted the screenplay for The Knife That Killed Me (2014) from the novel by Anthony McGowan. He co-directed the film with Kit Monkman for Green Screen Productions and Universal Pictures.[4] He co-produced the film "The Works" in 2016 The Works IMDB Romer Produced the Live to Digital version of 'Reasons to be Cheerful' by Graeae Theatre Company for a cinema release in 2018

Screen and play writingEdit

He is a published playwright; his work includes Rumble Fish, (published by Dramatic Publishing[5] USA), Out of Their Heads, Taken without Consent, (translated as Crash Kids in Germany), Looking for JJ, Fungus the Bogeyman and Bloodtide.[6]


As an actor, he has appeared in several television series including Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and Dalziel and Pascoe'.[7]

Other workEdit

He created the opening event at the 2007 International Indian Film Academy Awards at Sheffield Arena, for a live audience of 15,000 and a TV audience of 500 million, with KMA - with whom he also made the promo film for the getintotheatre website.

Personal lifeEdit

Romer studied dentistry at Leeds University, receiving a B.Ch.D in 1983, and lives in Cambridge.[citation needed]

He was on the Management Committee for Magic-Net, a seven-year Culture 2000 European Theatre Programme.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Williams, Roy (19 September 2014). "Roy Williams on Antigone: a play for today's streets". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ Hickling, Alfred (23 September 2014). "Antigone review – engaging gangland Sophocles". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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