Rupert Goold, CBE (born 18 February 1972) is an English theatre director. He is the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre. Goold was the artistic director of Headlong Theatre Company (2005–2013).
|Born||18 February 1972|
|Spouse(s)||Kate Fleetwood (2001–present)|
Goold was born in Highgate, England (a suburb of north London). His father was a management consultant, and his mother was an author of children's books. He attended the independent University College School, graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1994 with a First in English literature and studied performance studies at New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He was trainee director at Donmar Warehouse for the 1995 season, and assisted on productions including 'Art' and Speed-the-Plow in the West End.
Goold was artistic director of the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton from 2000 to 2005. Prior to that, he was an associate at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1996–97. In addition to his work as a director he has co-authored three adaptations for the stage.
Goold directed Patrick Stewart (whom he had previously directed as Prospero, and later in Richard II) as Macbeth in his acclaimed Minerva Studio staging of Macbeth at the Chichester Festival Theatre in May 2007. In September 2007 the production transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London, then the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York and then to the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. At the 2007 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Macbeth won two awards: Stewart won the Best Actor Award, while Goold won The Sydney Edwards Award for Best Director. It also won Goold a 2008 Olivier Award for Best Director. He says he wasn't concerned with thoughts of a career anti-climax. "I came home to an empty house after the Olivier Awards, clutching my trophy for Best Director and I realised that I'd peaked. It was now going to be downhill all the way. But I still felt quite comfortable with the realisation that nothing could get better after this." He later directed a 2010 BBC4 television film version of Macbeth using Soviet-era Russian-type uniforms and weapons.
In 2008 he directed the UK premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and a radical re-interpretation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author at the Chichester Festival which he co-authored with Ben Power. This production subsequently transferred to the West End and toured the UK and later Australia. In 2009 he directed a hugely acclaimed West End revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver!. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Goold recreated Sam Mendes' direction for the London Palladium production, which was nominated for three Olivier Awards.
In 2009, Goold directed a revival of Shakespeare's King Lear at the Young Vic. Goold set his Lear in Northern England during the 1970s, fascinated by the fact that during this decade, Britain was enduring the power of women. He approached the play with a drastically different view, and as a result this production received mixed reviews. In 2009 he again won Best Director at the Evening Standard Awards for ENRON.
- Travels with My Aunt (1997, Salisbury Playhouse / UK tour)
- The End of the Affair (1997, Salisbury Playhouse / Bridewell Theatre)
- Romeo and Juliet (1998, UK tour)
- Dancing at Lughnasa (1998, Salisbury Playhouse)
- Summer Lightning (1998, Salisbury Playhouse)
- Habeas Corpus (1999, Salisbury Playhouse)
- The Colonel Bird (1999, Gate Theatre)
- Broken Glass (1999, Salisbury Playhouse/ Watford Palace Theatre)
- Gone To LA (2000, Hampstead Theatre)
- Privates on Parade (2001, New Vic Theatre)
- Scaramouche Jones (2001, international tour)
- The Wind in the Willows (2001, Birmingham Rep)
- Arcadia (2002, Northampton)
- Betrayal (2002, Northampton)
- Waiting for Godot/ The Weir (2003, Northampton)
- Sunday Father (2003, Hampstead Theatre)
- Othello (2003, Northampton/ Greenwich Theatre)
- Insignificance (2004, Northampton)
- Summer Lightning (2004, Northampton)
- Hamlet (2005, Northampton)
- Speaking Like Magpies (2005, RSC)
- The Tempest (2006, RSC)
- Restoration (2006, Headlong/ Bristol Old Vic: UK tour)
- Faustus (2006, Headlong/ Hampstead Theatre)
- The Glass Menagerie (2007, Apollo Theatre)
- Macbeth (2007, Chichester Festival Theatre/ West End/ NYC)
- Rough Crossings (2007, Headlong: Lyric Hammersmith/ Birmingham Rep, Liverpool Everyman/ WYP)
- The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2008, Headlong: Almeida Theatre)
- Six Characters in Search of an Author (2008, Headlong: Chichester / West End)
- No Man's Land (2008, Gate Theatre, Dublin/West End)
- King Lear (2008, Headlong: Liverpool Everyman/Young Vic)
- Oliver! (2009, Theatre Royal Drury Lane)
- ENRON (2009, Minerva Theatre / Royal Court Theatre)
- Romeo and Juliet (2010, RSC)
- Earthquakes in London (2010, National Theatre)
- The Merchant of Venice (2011 RSC; 2014 Almeida Theatre)
- Decade (2011, Headlong)
- The Effect (2012, National Theatre)
- American Psycho: A new musical thriller (2013, Almeida Theatre)
- King Charles III (2014, Almeida Theatre)
- Made in Dagenham (2014, Adelphi Theatre)
- Medea (2015, Almeida Theatre)
- Richard III (2016, Almeida Theatre)
- Albion (2017, Almeida Theatre)
- Ink (2017, Almeida Theatre / Duke of York's Theatre; 2019, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)
- Shipwreck (2019, Almeida Theatre)
Film and televisionEdit
- "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 37, 18 February 2014
- Matt Trueman (8 February 2013). "Rupert Goold named as Almeida theatre's new artistic director". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- Emma John (28 September 2008). "Going for Goold". The Observer. London. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
- "Interview with Alan Franks". Alanfranks.com. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- Cavendish, Dominic (16 July 2007). "Shakespeare is coursing through me". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "Winning performances on the West End stage". This Is London.co.Uk. 28 November 2007. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- "Rupert Goold profile". Director magazine. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
- rsc.org.uk Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N9.
- Tatler http://www.tatler.com/the-tatler-list/g/rupert-goold
- John Thaxter (14 February 2007). "The Stage / Reviews / The Glass Menagerie". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- "The Merchant of Venice". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical". BBC. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "2016/7 Season". Almeida Theatre.
- "Ink". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Ink". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "Shipwreck". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 19 January 2019.