Sean Foley (director)
Sean Foley (born 21 November 1964) is a British director, writer, comedian and actor. Following early success as part of the comedy double act The Right Size and their long-running stage show The Play What I Wrote, Foley has more recently become a director of successful West End comedy productions.
|Born||21 November 1964|
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, UK
|Known for||Director, writer, actor, comedian|
Early career and The Right SizeEdit
Foley and Hamish McColl formed The Right Size in 1988. They devised and performed in the shows, with regular creative team collaborators such as director Jozef Houben, designer Alice Power, and songwriter Chris Larner. Their style combined elements of clowning, physical comedy, mime, slapstick, vaudeville and variety. The Right Size's major successes were Do You Come Here Often?, about two strangers stuck in a bathroom for 25 years, and The Play What I Wrote, a tribute to Morecambe and Wise. The Right Size were active until 2006.
Foley has played some major parts in traditional scripted roles, including Freud in Hysteria by Terry Johnson at Birmingham Rep in 2007, and the single role in the film of Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words I directed by Karel Reisz. He appeared alongside Mark Rylance in I Am Shakespeare at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in 2007. He was a member of the Oxford Youth Theatre during his time at the University of Oxford, where he studied history.
Writing and directingEdit
He achieved significant West End success in 2012, when he directed productions of The Ladykillers (for which he was nominated for the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director) and Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw. He also, with Patrick Barlow, co-directed and co-wrote a four-actor stage adaptation of Ben Hur at the Watermill Theatre, a regional English theatre.
It was announced in June 2013 that Foley would be directing Matthew MacFadyen and Stephen Mangan in a theatrical adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, to be titled Perfect Nonsense, at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, from 30 October 2013. Foley also directed the X Factor stage musical, I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical, which premiered in 2014.
Foley adapted and directed The Painkiller starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon during the Kenneth Branagh season at the Garrick Theatre in the West End in March 2016. He also adapted Eugène Ionesco's Amédée, or How to Get Rid of It starring Josie Lawrence and Trevor Fox in March 2017 at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He directed his and Phil Porter's adaptation of Molière's The Miser starring Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack and Mathew Horne at the Garrick Theatre which was nominated for an 2018 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Foley will also adapt and direct The Man in the White Suit for the stage, starring Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon, beginning at the Theatre Royal, Bath for 3 weeks before transferring to the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End from 9 October 2019.
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 1999 Best Entertainment, Do You Come Here Often
- 2002 Best Comedy, The Play What I Wrote
- 2002 Best Actor (with Hamish McColl), The Play What I Wrote
- 2006 Best Entertainment, Ducktastic
- 2010 Best Entertainment, Arturo Brachetti: Change
- 2012 Best Director, The Ladykillers
- 2012 Best New Play, The Ladykillers
- 2018 Best New Comedy, The Miser
- 2003 Best Special Theatrical Event, The Play What I Wrote
Selected other workEdit
- The Remains of Foley and McColl
- Foley and McColl Again
- The Goldfish Bowl
- Mindhorn (2016)
- Caroline Ansdell, "20 Questions With... Sean Foley - Interviews" Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Whatsonstage.com, 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- Noor Hayati, "Three's The Right Size", New Straits Times, 1 July 1989. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "Spymonkey's Moby Dick" Archived 21 April 2013 at Archive.today. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "The Agency - Clients - Individuals" Archived 1 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, the agency. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Chris Larner: CV: Acting: Stage". Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Chris Larner: CV: General". Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- Nick Curtis, "THE FRINGE / Not as funny as all that: Nick Curtis on the caperings of Penny Dreadful and the calm Song for a Bluefoot Man", The Independent, 6 October 1993. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- Brian Logan, "How stupid can they get?", The Guardian, 12 July 1999. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- Fiachra Gibbons, "The play what is breaking West End theatre records", The Guardian, 22 December 2001 . Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- Terry Grimley, "Terry Grimley meets Sean Foley, co-creator of The Play What I Wrote, now playing Sigmund Freud at Birmingham Rep.", The Birmingham Post, 25 April 2007. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Karel Reisz, "Beckett on Film", The Guardian, 25 June 2001. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- Michael Billington, "Theatre review: I Am Shakespeare / Minerva, Chichester | Stage", The Guardian, 3 September 2007. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
- "The Agency - Clients - Individuals" Archived 5 May 2013 at Archive.today, the agency. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "The Watermill Theatre - Ben Hur", The Watermill Theatre. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "A Mad World My Masters" Archived 11 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Royal Shakespeare Company. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- Charlotte Marshall, "Perfect Nonsense for MacFadyen and Mangan", Official London Theatre, 3 June 2013. Retrieved 26-06-13.
- "Sean Foley" Archived 29 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "X Factor - It’s Time To Face The Musical!" Archived 5 May 2013 at Archive.today, Stage Entertainment, 15 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- Alice Vincent, "X Factor the musical, written by Harry Hill, to launch in Spring 2014", The Telegraph, 15 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "The REP Announces New Artistic and Executive Directors". www.birmingham-rep.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
- Sean Foley at the Internet Broadway Database
- Sean Foley on IMDb
- Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Kenneth Branagh (22 May 2003). "A conversation with the cast and director of "The Play I Wrote"". Charlie Rose (Interview: video). Interviewed by Charlie Rose. PBS. Archived from the original on 18 May 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.