John Caird is an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Principal Guest Director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm and a freelance musical theatre and opera director and writer.
His National Theatre productions include Hamlet and Humbleboy both with Simon Russell Beale, Stanley with Tony Sher and his own new version of Bernstein’s Candide for which he won a Laurence Olivier Award.
Elsewhere his recent directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest in Stockholm, Daddy Long Legs in London, Jane Eyre, Beggar’s Opera and Kinshu in Tokyo and Tosca for LA Opera, conducted by Placido Domingo. He was also the librettist and director for André Previn’s new opera Brief Encounter which premièred at Houston Grand Opera.
His work for the RSC includes over 20 productions of classic and new plays including co-productions with Trevor Nunn of Nicholas Nickleby, Peter Pan and Les Misérables.
Future projects include La Bohème in Toronto, Parsifal in Chicago, and Little Miss Scrooge, his new musical with Paul Gordon and Sam Caird to be premiered in LA later this year.
Theatre Craft, his book on directing for the theatre and musical theatre was published by Faber and Faber in 2010.