From 1968 to 1986, he was the youngest ever Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing over thirty productions, including most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Miserables. From 1997 to 2003, he was Director of the National Theatre, where his productions included Troilus and Cressida, Oklahoma!, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk, My Fair Lady, The Cherry Orchard, The Coast of Utopia, A Streetcar Named Desire, Anything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s plays Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia and Rock n Roll; and of Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love and The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Other theatre includes The Lady From The Sea (Almeida); Hamlet, Richard II, Inherit the Wind (Old Vic); Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester & Old Vic); Heartbreak House, Flare Path, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); A Chorus of Disapproval and All That Fall (West End); Relative Values (Theatre Royal Bath and West End); The Wars of the Roses (Kingston Rose Theatre); Pericles (TFANA New York); Schikaneder (Vienna); A Little Night Music (West End and Broadway); Love in Idleness (Menier Chocolate Factory); Agnes Colander (Theatre Royal Bath). At Glyndebourne he has directed Idomeneo, Porgy & Bess, Cosi Fan Tutte and Peter Grimes and at the Royal Opera House Porgy & Bess, Katya Kabanova and Sophie’s Choice. Films include Hedda, Lady Jane and Twelfth Night. His 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream means he has now directed all thirty-seven of Shakespeare’s plays.