Trevor Nunn

Trevor Robert Nunn CBE (born 14 January 1940) is an English theatre- and film director.


Early years

Nunn was born in Ipswich, England to Robert Alexander Nunn, a cabinetmaker, and Dorothy May Piper. He was educated at Northgate Grammar School, Ipswich and Downing College, Cambridge, where he began his stage career before becoming a trainee director at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. He has held both the posts of Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Director of the Royal National Theatre, following in the footsteps of Sir Peter Hall. He was knighted in 2002.


In 1968, he was appointed Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a position he held until 1986. His first wife, Janet Suzman, appeared in many of his productions. Nunn became a leading figure in theatrical circles, and was responsible for many ground-breaking productions, such as the RSC's version of Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby, co-directed with John Caird. A very successful director of musicals, in the non-subsidised sector, Nunn was responsible for Cats (1981), formerly the longest running musical in Broadway's history, and the first English production of Les Misérables in 1985, also with John Caird.

He has also directed opera at Glyndebourne, and began directing for television with Antony and Cleopatra (starring Suzman) in 1974. He re-staged his highly successful Gyndebourne production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess for television in 1993, and it was more favorably received than the 1959 Samuel Goldwyn - Otto Preminger film version of the opera. He has occasionally ventured into film directing, such as Lady Jane (1986), Hedda, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler, and a 1996 film version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. He is currently married to actress Imogen Stubbs, whose play We Happy Few he directed, and who often appears in his productions, including the Twelfth Night mentioned above.

Besides Cats and Les Misérables Nunn's other musical credits include Starlight Express and Sunset Boulevard. His current London production Les Miserables, has been running for nearly 22 years, whilst recent London credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific (at the Royal National Theatre), The Woman In White, Othello and Acorn Antiques The Musical, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Rock 'N' Roll (starring Alice Eve, Sinead Cusack, Brian Cox and Rufus Sewell) and Porgy and Bess (an abridged version with dialogue instead of recitatives, unlike Nunn's first production of the opera).

In 2004, Nunn directed a modern production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, which starred Ben Whishaw in the title role, and was staged at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England.

In 2007 his RSC productions of King Lear and The Seagull played at Stratford before embarking on a world tour and playing at the New London Theatre from November 2007. The two plays both starred Ian McKellen, Romola Garai, Frances Barber, Sylvester McCoy, and William Gaunt. Nunn's television production of King Lear is to be screened on Boxing Day, 2008.

In 2008 he returned to The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry (the theatre where he started his career) to direct Joanna Murray-Smith's adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film Scenes from a Marriage starring Imogen Stubbs and Iain Glen.

Nunn's latest project, a musical adaptation of Gone With The Wind opened at the New London Theatre in April 2008 and, after slating reviews, closed on 14th June 2008 after just 79 performances.

Personal life

Nunn is married to actress Imogen Stubbs with whom he has two children. With his first wife, actress Janet Suzman, he as one child, and another two with his second wife Sharon Lee-Hill.


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