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

Biography

Early years

Nunn was born in Ipswichmarker, Englandmarker to Robert Alexander Nunn, a cabinetmaker, and Dorothy May Piper. He was educated at Northgate Grammar School, Ipswich and Downing College, Cambridgemarker, where he began his stage career before becoming a trainee director at the Belgrade Theatremarker in Coventrymarker.

Career

In 1968, Nunn was appointed Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a position he held until 1986. He was also Artistic Director of the Royal National Theatremarker, following in the footsteps of Sir Peter Hall. 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, and a musical adaptation of the Shakespeare play The Comedy of Errors. A very successful director of musicals, in the non-subsidised sector, Nunn was responsible for Cats (1981), formerly the longest running musical in Broadway'smarker history, and the first English production of Les Misérables in 1985, also with John Caird.

Nunn has also directed opera at Glyndebournemarker, 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 Misérables, has been running for nearly 24 years, whilst recent London credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific (at the Royal National Theatremarker), The Woman In White, Othello and Acorn Antiques The Musical, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Rock 'N' Roll (starring Alice Eve, Sinéad 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).

Nunn's most famous production is quite possibly his production of Macbeth with the RSC starring Ian McKellen in the title role and Dame Judi Dench as the ever spotted Lady Macbeth. Nunn's production was not only important due to its cast of virtuosic proportions, but also due to several avenues he explored through direction. He staged the action of the drama with not only the paying audience, but also the audience of all of the actors in the production not in the ongoing scene—they sat on wooden crates just beyond the main playing space.

Nunn returned to the bard from Stratford, directing a modern production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet in 2004, which starred Ben Whishaw in the title role, and was staged at the Old Vicmarker 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 Theatremarker 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.

His musical adaptation of Gone With The Wind, opened at the New London Theatremarker in April 2008 and, after slating reviews, closed on 14 June 2008 after just 79 performances. In December 2008 he directed a revival of A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factorymarker. The production will transfer to Broadway, opening late November 2009, with Catherine Zeta-Jones taking on the role of Desiree Armfeldt, and Angela Lansbury taking on the part of Madame Armfeldt. Other members of the original London cast will be transferring with the production.

Personal life

Nunn is married to actress Imogen Stubbs with whom he has two children, Ellie and Jesse. With his first wife, actress Janet Suzman, he has one child, Joshua, and another two, Laurie and Amy, with his second wife Sharon Lee-Hill. He was knighted in 2002.

Politics

In 1998 Nunn was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party .

Credits

Broadway

  • Rock 'n' Roll - 4 November 2007 – 9 March 2008
  • Les Misérables (revival) - 9 November 2006 – 6 January 2008
  • The Woman in White - 17 November 2005 – 19 February 2006
  • Chess - 22 September 2003 – 22 September 2003
  • Vincent in Brixton - 6 March 2003 – 4 May 2003
  • Oklahoma! - 21 March 2002 – 23 February 2003
  • Noises Off (as original producer) - 1 November 2001 – 1 September 2002
  • Rose (as original producer) - 12 April 2000 – 20 May 2000
  • Copenhagen (as original producer) - 11 April 2000 – 21 January 2001
  • Amy's View (as original producer) - 15 April 1999 – 18 July 1999
  • Closer (as original producer) - 25 March 1999 – 22 August 1999
  • Not About Nightingales - 25 February 1999 – 13 June 1999
  • Arcadia - 30 March 1995 – 27 August 1995
  • Sunset Boulevard - 17 November 1994 – 22 March 1997
  • Aspects of Love - 8 April 1990 – 2 March 1991
  • Chess - 28 April 1988 – 25 June 1988
  • Starlight Express - 15 March 1987 – 8 January 1989
  • Les Misérables - 12 March 1987 – 18 May 2003
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - 24 August 1986 – 12 October 1986
  • André DeShield's Harlem Nocturne (Featuring songs with lyrics by Trevor Nunn) - 18 November 1984 – 30 December 1984
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (as original producer) - 16 October 1984 – 19 January 1985
  • Much Ado About Nothing (as original producer) - 14 October 1984 – 16 January 1985
  • All's Well that Ends Well - 13 April 1983 – 15 May 1983
  • Good (as original producer) - 13 October 1982 – 30 January 1983
  • Cats - 7 October 1982 – 10 September 2000
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - 4 October 1981 – 3 January 1982
  • Piaf - 5 February 1981 – 28 June 1981
  • London Assurance (as original producer) - 5 December 1974 – 12 January 1975
  • Sherlock Holmes (as original producer) -12 November 1974 – 4 January 1976
  • Old Times (as original producer) - 16 November 1971 – 26 February 1972
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (as original producer) - 20 January 1971 – 13 March 1971


West End

  • A Little Night Music - 2009
  • Gone with the Wind - 2008
  • King Lear - 2007
  • The Seagull - 2007
  • Porgy and Bess - 2006
  • Acorn Antiques: The Musical! - 2005
  • The Woman in White - 2004
  • Anything Goes - 2002
  • South Pacific - 2001
  • My Fair Lady - 2001
  • Oklahoma! - 1998
  • Sunset Boulevard -1993
  • The Baker's Wife - 1989
  • Aspects of Love - 1989
  • Chess - 1986
  • Les Misérables - 1985
  • Starlight Express - 1984
  • Cats - 1981


Film



Television

  • King Lear (2008 TV Movie)
  • The Merchant of Venice (2001 TV movie)
  • Oklahoma! (1999 TV movie)
  • Porgy and Bess (1993 TV movie)
  • Othello (1990 TV movie)
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982 TV mini-series)
  • The Three Sisters (1981 TV movie)
  • BBC2 Playhouse (TV series) - (1 episode, 1979)
    • Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1979)


Awards and nominations

  • 2002 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Oklahoma! [nominee]
  • 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – Oklahoma! [nominee]
  • 2002 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • 2001 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - The Cherry Orchard [nominee]
  • 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director- Summerfolk / The Merchant of Venice / Troilus and Cressida [winner]
  • 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Oklahoma! [nominee]
  • 1999 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Not About Nightingales [nominee]
  • 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – Not About Nightingales [winner]
  • 1995 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical– Sunset Boulevard [nominee]
  • 1995 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director- The Merchant of Venice / Summerfolk [winner]
  • 1995 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical– Sunset Boulevard [nominee]
  • 1994 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Arcadiamarker [nominee]
  • 1990 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical– Aspects of Love [nominee]
  • 1987 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical– Les Misérables [winner]
  • 1989 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Othello [nominee]
  • 1987 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical– Starlight Express [nominee]
  • 1983 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical– Cats [winner]
  • 1983 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play– All's Well that Ends Well [nominee]
  • 1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play– All's Well that Ends Well [winner]
  • 1982 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play– The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby [winner]
  • 1981 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Cats [nominee]
  • 1980 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby [winner]
  • 1979 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Once In A Lifetime [nominee]
  • 1977 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director - Macbeth [nominee]
  • 1975 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience – London Assurance [winner]


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