A Conversation with John Doyle
John Doyle has been artistic director of four regional theaters in the UK, but now works as a freelance director and has recently directed the feature film Main Street starring Ellen Burstyn, Colin Firth, and Orlando Bloom. Mr. Doyle made his Broadway debut with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and received a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical. His production of Company (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and his production of A Catered Affair won a Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical. Other productions include Ten Cents a Dance (McCarter Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Where’s Charley? (New York City Center Encores!), Wings (Second Stage Theatre), Road Show (The Public Theater), Lucia di Lammermoor (Houston Grand Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, Scottish Opera, Teatro La Fenice), Peter Grimes (The Metropolitan Opera), Kiss Me, Kate (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (American Conservatory Theater), Three Sisters (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, for which he won an Cincinnati Ovations Award for Best Director of a Play), and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Los Angeles Opera). In the UK, Mr. Doyle has won Best Musical Awards for The Gondoliers (The Watermill Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (The Watermill Theatre), and Moll Flanders (York Theatre Royal), and has had many further nominations, most recently for Mack and Mabel (The Watermill Theatre). Other UK productions include Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (The Watermill Theatre), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Tailor’s Daughter, The Elixir of Love (Welsh National Opera), Ice (City of London Sinfonia), Fast Forward Figaro (Buxton Festival), and Pinafore Swing, his own adaptation of HMS Pinafore. He has directed numerous classic plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company) and The War of the Roses (York Theatre Royal), as well as the regional premiere of The Madness of King George III.He is also coauthor of the international best-selling Shakespeare for Dummies.