Bill directs THE MERCHANT OF VENICE for Bristol Old Vic School and LAMDA
Bill Alexander is an award winning theatre director who began his career at the Bristol Old Vic, directing everything from the classics to innovative drama. He joined the RSC in 1977 and remained there as Resident and then Associate Director until 1992. He was Artistic Director of the Birmingham Rep between 1992 and 2001, when he left to pursue his freelance career.
For the past year he has been working on a book, IN THE COMPANY OF SHAKESPEARE, with Dr Charlotte Scott, from the University of London.
His production of THE SNOWMAN is performed in London's West End every year.
FREELANCE DIRECTING CREDITS
2012 - NWCTC PORTLAND USA - OTHELLO
2012 - UK TOUR - BETTE & JOAN (Anton Burge)
2011 - THE ARTS THEATRE LONDON - BETTE & JOAN (Anton Burge)
2009 - NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE - GLAMOUR (Stephen Lowe)
2008 - MARK TAPER FORUM LOS ANGELES - THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT (Peter Whelan) Revival of Bill’s award winning production for the RSC
2007 - ZURICH BALLET - A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
2005 - RSC - KING LEAR starring Corin Redgrave
2004 - RSC - TITUS ANDRONICUS starring David Bradley
2003 - NATIONAL THEATRE - MAPPA MUNDI (Shelagh Stephenson) World premiere starring Lia Williams and Alun Armstrong
2002 - NATIONAL THEATRE - FROZEN (Bryony Lavery) Revival of Bill’s award winning production starring Josie Lawrence, Anita Dobson and Tom Georgeson
2001 - THEATRE CLWYD - AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
2001 - NORTHAMPTON REP - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
1991 - SHAKESPEARE THEATRE WASHINGTON DC - TROILUS AND CRESSIDA nominated for the prestigious Helen Hayes Award
1981/82 - CAMERI THEATRE TEL AVIV - OLD TIMES and ANNA CHRISTIE
BIRMINGHAM REP - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 1992-2000
OTHELLO, OLD TIMES, THE SNOWMAN, MACBETH, THE WAY OF THE WORLD, THE ALCHEMIST (transferred to the National Theatre starring Simon Callow and Tim Pigott Smith), HAMLET, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, TWELFTH NIGHT, DIVINE RIGHT, AWAKE AND SING, NATIVITY and ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR of the RSC 1977-1991
TARTUFFE, MOLIERE, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and RICHARD III (all with Antony Sher), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (with Pete Postlethwaite), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, CYMBELINE and TWELFTH NIGHT (both with Harriet Walter), VOLPONE (with Richard Griffiths), THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (with Roger Allam and Susan Fleetwood).
New plays and other Classics include:
CAPTAIN SWING, THE BRIGHT AND BOLD DESIGN, THE ACCRINGTON PALS, THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT, COUNTRY DANCING, MONEY, FACTORY BIRDS, MENS BEANO and BASTARD ANGEL.
ROYAL COURT 1975-1977
CLASS ENEMY, SUGAR AND SPICE, AMY AND THE PRICE OF COTTON, NUMBER ONE ROOSTER and UNDER THE CLOCK
BRISTOL OLD VIC 1973-1975
BUTLEY, HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND and RIDE ACROSS LAKE CONSTANCE.
Bill Alexander and his productions have won numerous awards including Best Director at the Olivier Awards for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. Bill has also lectured extensively on Shakespeare all over the world.