MAJOR THEATRE AND OPERA PRODUCTIONS;
More Bigger Snacks Now
Director, with Theatre de Complicite, Edinburgh Festival and Donmar Warehouse, 1985. (Perrier Award)
Sarrasine, after Balzac.
Director and librettist; music by Nicolas Bloomfield. Traverse Edinburgh, Drill Hall London, New York Theatre Workshop, 1989.
With Bette Bourne, Beverley Klein, Francois Testory, Sara Kestleman.
The School for Wives, Moliere
Director and translator, Derby Playhouse , 1989
With Josette Bushell-Mingo and Kathryn Hunter.
Translator; Lyndsay Duncan,Owen Teale, David Haigh, James Fleet, directed by Tim Albery. National, 1990
The Misanthrope, Moliere
Translator ; Kim Cattrall, directed by Bob Falls. Goodman Chicago, 1991
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare
Director. Designed by Richard Jones. Goodman Chicago, 1991
A Judgement in Stone, after Ruth Rendell
Director and librettist; music by Nicolas Bloomfield. Lyric Hammersmith, Nottingham Playhouse. With Sheila Hancock.
The Game of Love and Chance, Marivaux
Translator and Director ( with Mike Alfreds) National(Cottesloe) 1992
With Maggie Steed, Caroline Quentin, Marcello Magni
The Picture of Dorian Gray, after Wilde.
Director and adaptor. Designed by Ian McNeil, music by Nicolas Bloomfield. Lyric Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse.
With Maria Aitken, Benedict Bates, Bette Bourne, Tim Piggott Smith and Joanna Riding.
Romeo and Juliet
Director and Designer, Lyric Hammersmith and West Yorkshire Playhouse 1995
With Emily Woof
Splendid’s, Genet ( British premiere)
Director , designer and translator, Lyric Hammersmith.
With John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Clary and Everett Quinton
The Letter, Somerset Maugham
Director ; designed by Rae Smith. Lyric Hammersmith 1995
With Joanna Lumley and Tim Piggott Smith.
A Christmas Carol, after Dickens
Director and adaptor; designed by Rae Smith. Lyric Hammersmith 1996.
With Richard Briers
Mrs Warren’s Profession, Shaw
Director; designed by Rae Smith. Lyric Hammersmith 1996
With Maggie Steed, Catherine Cusack.
Director and adaptor. Lyric Hammersmith 1997.
With Tom Georgeson.
Cause Celebre, Rattigan
Director; designed by Rae Smith. Lyric Hammersmith 1998
With Amanda Harris
Director, with Improbable Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith 1998
With Martin Freeman.
The Dispute, Marivaux
Director , designer and translator. Royal Shakespeare Company (The Other Place) and Lyric Hammersmith, 1999
With Hayley Carmichael and Martin Freeman.
Author. Directed by Trevor Nunn. National ( Cottesloe)
With Sheila Hancock and Corin Redgrave.
The Servant, Robin Maugham
Director;designed by Rae Smith. Lyric Hammersmith 2001
With Michael Feast and Jack Davenport.
The Prince of Homburg, Kleist
Director and translator; designed by Rae Smith. Royal Shakespeare Company (The Swan) 2002
The Island of Slaves, Marivaux
Director , designer and translator, Lyric Hammersmith 2002
With Anita Dobson, Amanda Harris, Guy Dartnell.
Director and designer, Lyric Hammersmith 2003
With Bette Bourne, Will Keen. Olivier Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement
Director and adaptor; designed by Rae Smith. Lyric Hammersmith 2004
With Michael Feast
Don Juan, Moliere.
Director, designer and translator. Lyric Hammersmith 2004
With James Wilby, and Paul Ritter
Dido, Queen of Carthage ; Marlowe.
Director; designed by Rae Smith. American Repertory Theatre Boston, 2005.
With Diane D’Aquila and John Kelly
The Rake’s Progress, Stravinsky/Auden.
Director ; designed by Rae Smith. Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Martyn Brabbins.
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Festival 2006
Oliver Twist, American Repertory Theatre Boston, Director, designed by Rae Smith with music by Gerard McBurney/Simon Deacon, 2007
The Maids; Genet. Director and translator. Site-specific staging in The Ship Hotel for the Brighton Festival, 2007. With Geraldine Alexander, Hayley Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter.
The Pianist. Director. Site-specific staging at the Museum of Science and Industry for The Manchester International Festival, 2007. Text by Wladislaw Szpilman, music by Szpilman and Chopin ; with Peter Guinness and Mikhail Rudy. Revived at The manchester Royal Exchange, 2009.
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare. Director; designed by Kandis Cook, music by Simon Deacon. The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford, for the RSC . With John Lithgow, Marjorie Yates, Siobhan Redmond.
An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde. Designed by Rae Smith. Abbey Theatre Dublin, 2008. With Derbhle Crotty and Mark O’Halloran
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare. Designed by Kandis Cook. RSC; opened Theatre Royal Brighton, 2008; tour; Courtyard Theatre, Stratford.
Everybody Loves A Winner; author and director, in collaboration with Struan Leslie and Simon Deacon. Designed by Miriam Buether. Royal Exchange, Manchester, as part of the Manchester International Festival 2009. With Sally Lindsay.
The Turn of the Screw, Britten. Director; designed by Kandis Cook. Snape Maltings, 2009
Or You Could Kiss Me, a new play by Neil Bartlett and Handspring Puppet Company. Author and Director. Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, London, 2010. Designed by Rae Smith.
The Girl I left Behind Me , a one-woman show for soprano Jessica Walker. Opera North, 2010; transferred to the The Pit at The Barbican , Novmber 2011.
The Remarkable Rocket ; For Alfonso , a new version of Wilde’s “The Remarkable Rocket” . Theatre Royal, Brighton Festival 2011, with Maggie Steed, Guy Henry, Bette Bourne.
The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan, by Gerard McBurney. Staged for the Manchester International Festival, 2011, with Sarah Kesselman, Deborah Findlay, Roger Allam and the Halle Orchestra.
The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky. For Opera North, 2011. Designed by Kandis Cook. With Dame Josephine Barstow.
What Can You Do ? a retrospective solo performance, for the Theatre Royal, Brighton Festival 2012.
The Picture of Dorian Gray , a new adaptation and staging of the Wilde, commissioned by and premiered at the Abbey in Dublin for the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012; with Tom Canton and Jasper Britton.
Britten; The Canticles a new staging, with Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies and Julius Drake. Conceived and directed by Neil Bartlett and Paule Constable, in collaboration with Scott Graham, Wendy Houstoun and John Keane. The Theatre Royal, Brighton, as part of the 2013 Brighton Festival, then Snape Maltings and The Royal Opera House ( Linbury Studio)
Dickens; Great Expectations adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett for the Bristol Old Vic. 2013
Britten ; Owen Wingrave directed by Neil Bartlett, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, with Janis Kelly, Jonathan Summers, Susan Bullock and Ross Ramgobin. Snape Maltings; King’s Theatre Edinburgh ( Edinburgh International Festival 2014)
Stella ; a “one man show for two bodies” inspired by the life and death of Victorian cross-dresser Ernest Boulton. Theatre Royal Brighton; Hoxton Hall ( as part of LIFT) and Holland Festival ( Amsterdam) 2016. Text and direction by Neil Bartlett ; performance Richard Cant, Oscar Batterham, David Carr ; site-specific design Rae Smith ; lighting Rick Fisher ; sound Christopher Shutt; music Nicolas Bloomfield.
The Plague ; stage adaptation of La Peste by Albert Camus. The Arcola, London, 2017. Text, design and direction by Neil Bartlett ; performance Sara Powell, Billy Postlethwaite ; sound design Dinah Mullen.
A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep ; one-night revival of the original 1987 solo, restaged in the 1840 Gallery of Tate Britain, 7.7.2017
THE COMPLETE WORKS;THEATRE, MUSIC THEATRE, OPERA , PERFORMANCE, RADIO
1978/79 A COMPANY collective member/performer, Oxford University ; Feasting, Very Moving, Not Heartbreak House, Levels (Richard Demarco Gallery 1978) , Hot Opera(Richard Demarco Gallery 1979), Oscar Séance ( Magdalen Oxford 1979)
1981 The Beech Buoys. Street Theatre with Simon McBurney; LIFT. National Theatre, Ronnie Scotts, Edinburgh, Hammersmith Palais ( support act for Bauhaus)
!982 The Silver Veil (Aspazija) and In the Jungle of Cities (Brecht), collective member and performer with The I982 Theatre Company, touring in Britain, Germany, U.S.
1983 Dressing Up – deviser and director, September In The Pink . Cockpit, London.
The Winters Tale, Macbeth, performer, The 1982 Theatre Company, University of Essex
1984 Pornography. Deviser and director, ICA London ; British tour ; also performer in Toronto performances
. Anthony and Cleopatra, Othello, performer, The 1982 Theatre Company, University of Essex, Pegasus Oxford, Cockpit London..
Mistero Buffo,by Dario Fo, performer, The 1982 Theatre Company, Riverside Studios, Arts Theatre London, Greenham Common, British tour.(British premiere)
1985 More Bigger Snacks Now, co-director/deviser with Complicite. Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, Donmar Warehouse. With Simon McBurney, Tim Barlow, Jos Houben, Marcello Magni.
The Magic Flute, Schikaneder/Mozart, translator and director, ICA London.
1986 Miracles, director for Manact, British Tour.
Little Dorrit, adapted and directed after Dickens, St Pauls Oxford, ETC
1986-90 National Review of Live Art ; Mistress of Ceremonies, Midland Group Nottingham, Riverside Studios London, Third Eye Centre Glasgow.
1987 Mahagonny Songspiel, translator and director, Pegasus Oxford, Hoxton Hall, Ritzy Brixton, BAC, Cockpit.
A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep (Part One), solo version, GLORIA,Battersea Arts Centre London
A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep (Part Two)GLORIA, Butler’s Wharf London, and British and European tour.
Where Is Love ? Monologue. Pegasus, ICA, BBC2,Piccadilly Theatre, etc
1988 Lady Audley’s Secret, adapted after Mary E Braddon, director, designer and performer with GLORIA, ICA and British tour, Hamburg.
. Alice in Wonderland, co-deviser and performer, Albany Empire London ( with Complicite, Rose English, Emma Thompson, Annie Griffin)
Don’t Look At Me Like That, director, ACGB Artist in Residence, Newcastle Polytechnic.
1989 A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep (Part Three)GLORIA, Drill Hall London and tour ; revived 1990. With Bette Bourne , Ivan Cartwright and Regina Fong.
Sarrasine, adaptor, designer, and director ; GLORIA,Traverse Edinburgh and British Tour . With Bette Bourne, Francois Testory, Beverley Klein.
1990 The School for Wives, Moliere ; translator and director, Derby Playhouse. With Josette Bushell-Mingo, Kathryn Hunter, Marcello Magni.
1991. Let Them Call It Jazz, adapted from Jean Rhys,GLORIA, director and designer, Drill Hall London. With Pauline Black.
Atriebeja (The Avenging Woman) Aspazija ; director ( with Banuta Rubess) Kabata Theatre, Riga. Performer in Toronto version.
Sarrasine, Drill Hall London, New York Theatre Workshop, Seattle, Minneapolis, Blackpool Grand, Project Dublin.
1992 Twelfth Night, director,Goodman, Chicago. With Lola Pashalinski
A Judgement in Stone, libretto after Ruth Rendell, director,GLORIA, Lyric Hammersmith, Glasgow Tramway, Nottingham Playhouse.With Sheila Hancock.
The Game of Love and Chance, Marivaux; translator and director ( with Mike Alfreds) GLORIA, British tour and National Theatre, London. With Maggie Steed, Caroline Quentin, Marcello Magni.
1993 Night After Night (Part One),(solo version, with Nicolas Bloomfield) author, designer, performer, GLORIA,Royal Court Upstairs London, Public Theatre New York.
Night After Night, (company version), author, director, designer, performer, GLORIA, Traverse Edinburgh, Seattle, Minneapolis, Dance Theatre Workshop New York, Royal Court, London. With Regina Fong and Francois Testory.
1994 The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted after Wilde and directed, GLORIA, Lyric Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse. With Maria Aitken, Bette Bourne, Tim Piggott Smith.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Wilde, directed, Lyric Hammersmith/Radio 3, with Bette Bourne, Ian McKellen, Neil Tennant, Tom Wakefield.
1995 The Little Match Girl, book and lyrics after Andersen, with ForkBeard Fantasy, Lyric Hammersmith
Romeo and Juliet, Director and designer, Lyric Hammersmith/West Yorkshire Playhouse. With Emily Woof.
Splendid’s, Genet ( British premiere), Translator, director and designer.Lyric Hammersmith. With Julian Clary, John Cameron Mitchell, Everett Quinton.
The Letter, Somerset Maugham, director, Lyric Hammersmith. With Joanna Lumley, Tim Piggott Smith.
All Souls Day, deviser and performer, Lyric Hammersmith (with Rose English, Dawn French, Matthew Kelly; original texts by Juan Goytisolo, Ruth Rendell, Kate Pullinger))
Lyric Centenary Gala, Lyric Hammersmith; devised and directed by Neil Bartlett. A variety evening composed of greatest hits of the Lyric’s previous hundred years; one-off performances by Joanna Lumley, Tim Piggot Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Simon Callow, Kathryn Hunter, Beverley Klein, Complicite, Sheila Hancock, Ian McKellen.
1996 A Christmas Carol, adaptor and director, Lyric Hammersmith.With Richard Briers.
Lady into Fox, libretto after David Garnett, directed and designed, GLORIA, Lyric Hammersmith, Sheffield Crucible.
Sarrasine, director and designer, GLORIA, Lyric Hammersmith. With Sara Kestleman.
Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Shaw, director, Lyric Hammersmith. With Maggie Steed.
1997 Then Again,(revue), director, Lyric Hammersmith. Original texts by Harold Pinter, Richard Curtis, Fidelis Morgan, Stephen Fry and Julian Clary, alongside material from Lyric Revues of the 1950’s and 60’s. With Sheila Hancock and Dawn French.
The Seven Sacraments of Nicolas Poussin, solo performance with Robin Whitmore, GLORIA/Artangel, London Hospital.
Treasure Island, adapted after Stevenson, directed, Lyric Hammersmith. With Tom Georgeson.
1998 Cause Celebre, Terence Rattigan, director, Lyric Hammersmith. With Amanda Harris.
Seven Sonnets Of Michaelangelo, Britten, director, Lyric Hammersmith.With Toby Spence.
Cinderella, co-director with Improbable Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith. With Martin Freeman.
Seven Sacraments, oratorio ; librettist and performer, GLORIA/Artangel, Southwark Cathedral, St Barts ( Brighton) Southwell Minster.
1999 The Dispute, Marivaux, translator, director and designer, Lyric Hammersmith, RSC, Lisbon, British tour.With Hayley Carmichael, Martin Freeman.
2001 The Servant, Robin Maugham, adaptor and director, Lyric Hammersmith. With Michael Feast, Jack Davenport.
2002 A Christmas Carol, adaptor and director, Lyric Hammersmith.With Tim Piggot Smith.
The Prince of Homburg, Kleist, translator and director, RSC and Lyric Hammersmith.
The Island of Slaves, Marivaux, translator, director and designer, Lyric Hammersmith. With Anita Dobson, Amanda Harris.
2003 Pericles, director and designer, Lyric Hammersmith. With Will Keen.
The Gorey End, devised and directed with The Tiger Lilies and The Kronos Quartet, Lyric Hammersmith. Miranda Richardson, Eleanor Bron, Alan Rickman, Rosalind Knight.
2004 Oliver Twist, adaptor and director, Lyric Hammersmith. With Michael Feast.
Don Juan, Moliere, translator, director and designer, Lyric Hammersmith. With James Wilby, Paul Ritter.
2005 Dido, Queen of Carthage, Marlowe, director, American Repertory Theatre Boston. With Diane D’Aquila, John Kelly.
The Maids, Genet, translator, BBC Radio 4. With Janet McTeer.
“Strange How Potent ; an evening of musical variety” ; deviser,director and MC for an evening of music-hall, vaudeville and chanson with Linda Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Justin Bond, Deborah Findlay and Michael Feast. Lyric Hammersmith, London.
2006 The Rake’s Progress, Stravinsky/Auden. Director, for the Aldeburgh Festival. Snape Maltings; designer Rae Smith, choreographer Leah Hausman, conductor Martyn Brabbins, Philharmonia Orchestra
2007 Oliver Twist, Dickens, director, American Repertory Theatre Boston, Theatre For A New Audience , New York, Berkeley Rep.
The Maids, Jean Genet, director, designer and translator. Site specific staging for the Brighton Festival with Geraldine Alexander, Hayley Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter.
The Pianist, Szpilman/Chopin. director. Site-specific staging for the Manchester International Festival with Mikhail Rudy and Peter Guinness
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare, director. Royal Shakespeare Company, at The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford. With John Lithgow, Marjorie Yates, Siobhan Redmond.
Helpless Author/performer. A new monologue for World AIDS day ; Duckie, at the Vauxhall Tavern, London.
2008 An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde. Director. Abbey Theatre Dublin. With Derbhle Crotty and Mark O’Halloran. Designer Rae Smith
Romeo and Juliet. Director for the RSC; National Tour and Courtyard Theatre Stratford. Designer Kandis Cook
2009 The Pianist, revived at Manchester Royal Exchange.
Everybody Loves A Winner, created with Simon Deacon and Struan Leslie, Royal Exchange Manchester/Manchester International Festival. Designer Miriam Buether
The Turn of the Screw, Snape Maltings ( Britten Studio), Aldeburgh. Designer Kandis Cook
2010 The Girl I Left Behind Me ; devised and directed. A one-woman show for soprano Jessica Walker ; Assembly Rooms(Leeds, Opera North), Purcell Room, Brighton Theatre Royal
Sleeping Beauty ;Author/performer; a monologue. Duckie, at the Vauxhall Tavern, London
Or You Could Kiss Me ; Author and Director ; a new play by Neil Bartlett and Handspring Puppet Company, Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, London. Designed by Rae Smith.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin ; adapted and directed for Radio Three. With Damian Lewis, Derek Jacobi, Michael Feast, Greta Scacchi.
2011 The Remarkable Rocket ; For Alfonso ; author and director. A stage adaptation of Wilde’s “The Remarkable Rocket” for the Brighton Festival.Theatre Royal, Brighton, with Bette Bourne, Maggie Steed and Guy Henry.
The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan . A prologue to Wagner’s “Die Walkure”; staged by Neil Bartlett, devised by Gerard McBurney, performed by Deborah Findlay, Sara Kestelman and Roger Allam with the Halle Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Manchester International Festival, at the Bridgewater Hall.
The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky. Grand Theatre Leeds for Opera North ; transferred to the Barbican. Designed by Kandis Cook ; with Dame Josephine Barstow and Orla Boylan.
2012 What Can You Do ? Author and performer ; a solo performance retrospective of Bartlett’s solo work 1987-2012, including the world premiere of “What can You Do ?”; the Theatre Royal, Brighton, for the Brighton Festival
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde, adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett. Premiered at the Abbey Theatre for the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2012. Designed by Kandis Cook. With Tom Canton and Jasper Britton.
2013 Britten ; The Canticles. Conceived and staged by Neil Bartlett and Paule Constable, in collaboration with Scott Graham (Frantic Assembly), war artist John Keane and choreographer Wendy Houstoun. Sung by Ian Bostridge and Iestyn Davies, piano by Julius Drake. Premiered at the Theatre Royal Brighton for the Brighton Festival 2013, then transferred to the Snape Maltings, then to the Royal Opera House ( Linbury Studio)
Dickens; Great Expectations. Adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett; designed by Michael Vale, lit by Rick Fisher, with Tom canton, Tim Walker, Adjoa Andoh. The Bristol Old Vic
2014 Britten; Owen Wingrave.Directed by Neil Bartlett, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, with Janis Kelly, Susan Bullock, Jonathan Summers, Ross Ramgobin. Snape Maltings ( for the Aldeburgh Festival); Kings Theatre Edinburgh ( for the Edinburgh International Theatre)
“Thank you, and goodnight” A solo performance by Neil Bartlett for LADA at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, October 2, 2014
Patricia Highsmith; Carol. Adapted and directed in 5 episodes by Neil Bartlett for BBC Radio 4. With Miranda Richardson as Carol.
No Man’s Land A dramatised reading from Pete Ayrton’s anthology of First World War prose; Remembrance Sunday, The Purcell Room , London. With Julie Legrand, Laura Rees, Jude Akuwudike, Finbar Lynch.
2015 The Picture of Dorian Gray ; adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett for BBC Radio 4. With Jasper Britton and Maggie Steed.
2016 Stella a new theatre piece by Neil Bartlett, co-commissioned by the Brighton Festival, LIFT and the Holland Festival.
2017 The Plague ; translated, adapted, directed and designed by Neil Bartlett, after La Peste by Albert Camus. The Arcola, London.
A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep ; site-specific one-night revival of the original 1987 solo in the 1840’s gallery of Tate Britain, to coincide with the QUEER BRITISH ART exhibition. Produced by LADA.
FILM AND TELEVISION…
1988 That’s What Friends Are For . Alterimage for Channel Four (with Robin Whitmore)
Where is Love ? ICA/BBC2
Pedagogue (With Stuart Marshall; distributed by LUX, London)
1989 That’s How Strong My Love Is Alterimage for Channel Four
1992 Now That It’s Morning. Channel Four/British Screen. With Regina Fong, Malcolm Sinclair.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
1985 Perrier Award for More Bigger Snacks Now with Complicite.
1990 Dance Umbrella ; Outstanding Creative Achievement ( for A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep)
1990 City Limits, Best male Stage performance ( for A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep)
1991 Writers Guild of Great Britain ( for Sarrasine)
1992 Time Out Awards Best Original Music Theatre, ( For A Judgement in Stone)
Special Jury Prize Cork Film Festival ( for Now That It’s Morning)
1996 Whitbread Prize Nomination ( For Mr Clive and Mr Page)
1999 Time Out Awards Best West End Production (for The Dispute), TMA Best Touring Production ( for The Dispute).
2000 O.B.E. for services to the theatre.
2001 Honorary Associate, The National Review of Live Art
2004 Olivier Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement ( for Pericles)
2007 Manchester Evening News Award , Best Special Entertainment of the Year ( for The Pianist)
2007 Costa Book Award Nomination for Novel of the Year ( for Skin Lane)
2008 Honorary Doctorate, Oxford Brookes University
2009 AN IDEAL HUSBAND nominated for BEST DIRECTOR in Irish Times Theatre Awards.
2013 Honorary Doctorate, Brighton University
2014 Nomination as Stonewall Author of the Year for The Disappearance Boy
Best New British Musical ; Broadway World Album Award for The Girl I Left Behind Me