John Caird is an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, principal guest director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, and a freelance writer and director of plays, musicals and operas.
His National Theatre productions include: Hamlet, Money, Humble Boy, The Seagull, Stanley, Trelawny of the “Wells”, Peter Pan and his own new Olivier Award-winning version of Bernstein’s Candide, which is now playing in multiple productions worldwide.
His recent directorial credits include: his new musical Knights’ Tale and Hamlet, both in Tokyo; Don Giovanni at WNO in Cardiff; McQueen at the Haymarket Theatre; Tosca in Chicago, Houston and LA; Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Stratford Festival in Canada; La bohème in San Francisco, Houston and Toronto; Parsifal in Chicago; Twelfth Night in Tokyo; and his own musical Daddy Long Legs off-Broadway, in Tokyo and all across the US.
His directorial work for the RSC has included over 20 productions of Shakespeare as well as classic and new plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Beggar’s Opera, Twelfth Night, Peter Pan, Our Friends in the North, Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables - the last two productions, co-directed with Trevor Nunn, winning numerous awards in the West End, Broadway and all around the world.
At Dramaten in Stockholm, he has directed Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Dance of Death, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Gertrud and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other productions include: Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre; Becket at Theatre Royal Haymarket and Song and Dance at the Palace Theatre. For BBC Television, he adapted and directed Henry IV parts one and two.
He wrote and directed the Siegfried and Roy spectacular in Las Vegas. He wrote the libretti for André Previn’s opera Brief Encounter, and for The Phoenix with music by Tarik O’Regan, both premiering at Houston Grand Opera. He also wrote and directed Children of Eden with music by Stephen Schwartz, as well as Jane Eyre, Daddy Long Legs and Knights’ Tale, all with music by Paul Gordon.
Theatre Craft, his book about directing plays and musicals, is published by Faber and Faber.