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Deborah Warner


Deborah Warner's work in theater includes: The Good Person of Szechuan, Woyzeck, The Tempest, Measure for Measure, King Lear, and Coriolanus for Kick Theatre Company; Titus Andronicus (Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Direction), King John, and Electra for the RSC; The Good Person of Sichuan, King Lear, Richard II (French Critics' Best Foreign Production), The PowerBook for the National Theatre; Hedda Gabler (Olivier Awards for Direction and Production) at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Playhouse Theatre, London; Beckett's Footfalls at the Garrick Theatre, London; Coriolanus with Bruno Ganz at Salzburg Festival; Une Maison de Poupée at the Odéon, Paris; Medea (Evening Standard Award for Direction, three Tony nominations and two Obies) at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Queen's Theatre, London, also U.S. tour and Broadway; and three devised installation pieces--The St Pancras Project, The Tower Project for LIFT, and The Angel Project for Perth International Arts Festival and Lincoln Center Festival. Her production of The Waste Land with Fiona Shaw visited Brussels, Dublin, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, Brighton, Adelaide, Bergen, Perth, London--at Wilton's Music Hall (where it was the first live theater event since the theater closed in the nineteenth century)--and the Liberty Theatre, New York, where it won two New York Drama Desk Awards. Most recently she directed Julius Caesar at the Barbican, starring Ralph Fiennes, Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw, which toured to Paris, Madrid, and Luxembourg; and Readings with Fiona Shaw for Fitzroy Productions at the Theâtre National de Chaillot. Opera includes: La Voix Humaine and Wozzeck for Opera North; Don Giovanni and Fidelio at Glyndebourne; Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher for BBC Proms; The Turn of the Screw (Evening Standard and South Bank Show Awards) for the Royal Opera House; Diary of One Who Vanished for ENO at the Dublin Festival, Bobigny, Holland Festival, Lincoln Center New York and at the National; St John Passion for ENO, The Rape of Lucretia for Bayerische Opera, Munich, Dido and Aeneas for William Christie/Les Arts Florissants at the Vienna Festival; and Death in Venice with Ian Bostridge for ENO. Television includes Hedda Gabler, Richard II, and The St John Passion. Films include The Waste Land (Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival) and The Last September (Official Selection Director's Fortnight, Cannes, Toronto and Edinburgh Film Festivals). She was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French government in 1992 and L'Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 2000, and was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2006.

-November 2007
Deborah Warner