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Biography of John Caird

John Caird is a freelance director and writer working in theatre, musical theatre and opera. Many of his recent productions have been for the National Theatre in London including Hamlet with Simon Russell Beale, Bulwer-Lytton’s Money, his own new versions of Bernstein’s Candide and Barrie's Peter Pan, Trelawny of the Wells, The Seagull, Stanley by Pam Gems and Humbleboy by Charlotte Jones.

He is an Honorary Associate Director of the RSC, where he has directed over twenty plays including classic works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Farquhar, Gorky, Strindberg, Brecht and Ben Jonson, and new plays by Peter Flannery, Pam Gems, Jonathan Gems, John Berger and Nella Bielski, Richard Nelson, David Edgar, Mary O’Malley and Charles Wood. His productions of Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby, both with Trevor Nunn, have won numerous awards around the world.

Other work includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance at the Palace Theatre, Mozart’s Zaide at the Battignano Opera Festival in Tuscany and the Siegfried and Roy Spectacular in Las Vegas.

Television work includes Nicholas Nickleby, As You Like It and his own adaptation of Shakepeare’s Henry IV plays for the BBC.

His most recent stage work includes productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, both for the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Michael Weller's new play What the Night is For at the Comedy Theatre with Gillian Anderson and Roger Allam and the transfer of Les Miserables into its new home at the Queen’s Theatre.

Published work as a book writer, adapter and lyricist includes a new version of John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera with the composer Ilona Sekacz first performed at the RSC, a new adaptation of J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan with Trevor Nunn which played at the RSC and the National, Children of Eden with composer Stephen Schwartz, Jane Eyre and Daddy Long Legs, both with composer Paul Gordon and Bernstein’s Candide with new lyrics by Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim.

With Holly Kendrick he has recently founded the Caird Company to encourage and promote the work of young playwrights and theatre directors. Current productions include Theatre Café at the Arcola Theatre and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook at the Gate Theatre

Shows by John Caird

Candide (1999)
Children Of Eden
Jane Eyre