John Adams

Metteur en scène,
spécialiste du Traverse stage

John has been working in theatre and radio since he graduated from Balliol College, Oxford. His two primary interests are British Regional Theatres and New Writing. As a director, John specialises in directing new work. He was co-founder, with the writer David Pownall, of Paines Plough, Britain’s leading independent new writing company. He also creates fresh visions of classic plays, and since his early career at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, has enjoyed discovering strange and novel theatre spaces for his productions.
He has directed first productions of plays by many writers, including David Pownall, Anthony Minghella, Derek Walcott, Stephen Jeffreys, Terry Johnson and David Lodge.
He was Artistic Director of Paines Plough for six years, and has since been Artistic Director of three major British producing theatre companies, at the Octagon Bolton, the Birmingham Rep, and the Haymarket Basingstoke.
He has directed a massive new musical in Moscow, and an extraordinary
production of Carmen for Clonter Opera. For BBC Radio 4 he directed the only production of Joe Orton’s film script for the Beatles, Up Against It.
He presents workshops on Shakespeare and Acting and Directing Technique in various countries. In his spare time, he is a gardener and an expert on Old Roses.
Actors he has directed include Damon Albarn, Kenneth Branagh, Joseph Fiennes, Anthony Sher, Sylvia Syms, Harriet Walter – and a brief cameo with Sir John Gielgud.