Blanche McIntyre

Director / Writer

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Photograph: Dominic Parkes Photography

Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Jennifer Thomas

Film, TV & Theatre

Blanche is an Associate Director at Nuffield

* Winner - Best Director: TMA 2013 UK Theatre Awards

* Winner of the 2011 Critcs' Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for ACCOLADE and FOXFINDER (both at the Finborough Theatre)

* FOXFINDER: Listed in Independent's top 5 picks for 2011

* ACCOLADE: Best Director and Best Production at Off West End Theatre Awards 2011; Listed in the Spectator's Top Ten Plays for 2011; Time Out's Best Fringe Show 2011

National Theatre Studio Director's Course (2010)

Winner - Leverhulme Bursary (2009)

Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio and the Finborough Theatre (2009)

Training - Drama Studio London, Postgraduate Course in Directing (2004/05)

Education - Double First, Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1999 - 2003)

In Development

ProductionCompanyNotes

HIPPOPOTAMUS

Electric Shadow Company

Feature film script based on the novel by Stephen Fry (as writer)

TOSCA

2017

English Touring Opera

By Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Michael Rosewell

TITUS ANDRONICUS

2017

RSC

By William Shakespeare

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN

2016

RSC: The Swan

By William Shakespeare

NOISES OFF

2016

Nottingham Playhouse

By Michael Frayn

WELCOME HOME CAPTAIN FOX!

2016

Donmar Warehouse

A new version of Jean Anouilh's 'Le Voyageur Sans Baggage' by Anthony Weigh

THE ORESTEIA

2015

HOME (Manchester)

By Aeschylus
Translated by Ted Hughes

AS YOU LIKE IT

2015

Shakespeare's Globe

By William Shakespeare

ARCADIA

2015

Ambassador Theatre Group / ETT

By Tom Stoppard

ACCOLADE

2014

St James Theatre

By Emlyn Williams

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

2014

Shakespeare's Globe

By William Shakespeare

TONIGHT AT 8.30

2014

Nuffield / English Touring Theatre

Nine one-act plays by Noël Coward

THE NUTCRACKER

2013

Nuffield

By Hattie Naylor
Songs & lyrics by Paul Dodgson

CIPHERS

2013

Out Of Joint / Bush Theatre / Northcott Theatre (Exeter)

Touring production
By Dawn King

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

2013

Manchester Royal Exchange

By Harold Pinter

THE SEAGULL

2013

Headlong Theatre / Nuffield / Derby Theatre / UK Tour

By Anton Chekhov in a new version by John Donnelly
* Winner - Best Director: TMA 2013 UK Theatre Awards

THE GRACE OF MARY TRAVERSE

2013

Out Of Joint

Rehearsed reading

LIAR, LIAR

2013

Unicorn Theatre

By E V Crowe

THE ONLY TRUE HISTORY OF LIZZIE FINN

2012

Jagged Fence / Southwark Playhouse

By Sebastian Barry

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

2012

Salisbury Playhouse

By George Axelrod

REPENTANCE; BEHIND THE LINES

2012

ANGLE Theatre / Bush Theatre

By Media Ahmed and Neil Daley respetively

FOXFINDER

2011

Finborough Theatre

By Dawn King
Part of the Papatango Playwriting Festival
* Listed in Independent's top 5 picks for 2011

WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE MY MOTHER?

2011

Trafalgar Studios - Studio 2

By Christopher Hampton

IN WORLD

2011

Finborough Theatre

Rehearsed reading

ROBIN HOOD

2011

Latitude Festival / National Student Drama Festival

By Chris Thorpe

PINCHING FOR MY SOUL

2011

Focus Theatre, Dublin

By Elizabeth Moynihan

OPEN HEART SURGERY

2011

Southwark Playhouse

As part of Theatre Uncut project

ACCOLADE

2011

Finborough Theatre

By Emlyn Williams
* Best Director and Best Production at Off West End Theatre Awards 2011
* Listed in the Spectator's Top Ten Plays for 2011
* Time Out's Best Fringe Show 2011

SCARRED

2010

Out Of Joint

Rehearsed reading of play by Kathryn O'Reilly

THE BIG FELLAH (2010/11)

Out Of Joint / Lyric Hammersmith / Tour / 2011 Revival Tour

as Associate Director; dir. Max Stafford-Clark

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

2010

Finborough Theatre

Rehearsed reading

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

2010

Changeling Theatre Company tour

as Associate Director;
dir. Robert Forknall

THE VOICE OF SCOTLAND

2010

Finborough Theatre

Rehearsed reading

A MODEL FOR MANKIND

2010

Cock Tavern Theatre

Written by James Sheldon

MOLIÈRE, OR THE LEAGUE OF HYPOCRITES

2009

Finborough Theatre

BIRDS

2009

Southwark Playhouse - Secrets season

DIRT

2009

National Theatre Studio

Rehearsed reading

GREEN

2009

Finborough Theatre

Rehearsed reading

THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY

2009

National Theatre Studio

Rehearsed reading
By Jemma Kennedy

THE FLIES

2009

Echange Theatre Company / Camden People's Theatre

as Assistant Director; dir. David Furlong

MEDEA

2009

Humble Theatre Company / Prince Edward Bayswater

as Assistant Director; dir. Jodi de Souza

THREE HOURS AFTER MARRIAGE

2008

Union Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

2008

Changeling Theatre Company / Kent tour

as Associate Director; dir. Rob Forknall

CAN'T PAY? WON'T PAY!

2008

Arcola Theatre

as Assistant Director; dir. Kate Moyse; Youth Theatre

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

2007

Birmingham / Midlands tour

ALADDIN

2007

Oxford Playhouse

as Assistant Director; dir. Peter Duncan

MEETINGS

2007

Blue Hug Theatre Company / Arcola Theatre

as Assistant Director; dir. Dan Barnard

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

2007

Changeling Theatre Company / Kent tour

as Assistant Director; dir. Rob Forknall

THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

2007

Changeling Theatre Company / Kent tour

as Assistant Director; dir. Rob Forknall

CHARLIE AND HENRY

2007

Good Stuff Productions / New End Theatre

as Assistant Director; dir. Jason Lawson

DOCTOR FAUSTUS / THE DEVIL IS AN ASS

2006

White Bear Theatre

MACBETH

2006

Changeling Theatre Company / Kent / London tour

as Assistant Director; dir. Rob Forknall

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

2006

Changeling Theatre Company / Kent / London tour

as Assistant Director; dir. Rob Forknall

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE AS TOLD TO CARL JUNG BY AN INMATE OF BROADMOOR ASYLUM

2005

White Bear Theatre

THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY

2005

Battersea Arts Centre

LOST HEARTS

2005

Edinburgh Fringe

also as Writer

FAMILY FORTUNES

2005

Soho Theatre Studio

Rehearsed reading

THE MASTER AND MARGARITA

2004

Greenwich Playhouse

also as Writer (adaptation)

Other

ProductionCompanyNotes

NANCY THE WATERMAN

2007

Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans

as Writer; Libretto for Stephen Dodgson's premiering production

REVIEWS

AS YOU LIKE IT 

"Witty and Affectionate" (Jane Shilling, The Telegraph ****)

"McIntyre is a director of delicay and lightness of touch" (Natasha Tripney, The Stage ****)

"Joyous and breath-taking" (Michael Coveney, What's On Stage ****)

"Warmly entertaining, giddy joy" (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****)

ARCADIA

'Whisperingly close to perfection' (Sunday Times, ****) 

**** Financial Times; **** Stage; **** Whatsonstage
 
ACCOLADE (2014)
'This cracking production'  (Daily Mail, *****)

'McIntyre's note-perfect production' (Artsdesk, *****)

'Blanche McIntyre's impeccable production' (Guardian, ****)

**** The Times & Sunday Time); **** Independent; **** Financial Times;

**** Sunday Express; **** Evening Standard; **** Whatsonstage

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

"Blanche McIntyre makes a formidable debut in this special space with a Comedy of Errors that is as enchanting as it is hilarious... It's no small praise to say that it is the most completely satisfying account of the piece since Tim Supple's acclaimed eerie/riotous RSC version nearly 20 years ago... McIntyre, in ways I am still trying to fully figure out pulls off a comparable feat in the great arena of the Globe... the Globe should have McIntyre back as soon as is humanly possible" (Paul Taylor, Independent *****)

"A near-perfect production by Blanche McIntyre... the audience roars with delight" (Michael Billington, Guardian ****)

"The physical side is delicious... at one point they quite literally bring the house down" (Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times ****)

"McIntyre's fine production... her cast savour the strangeness and the longed-for unravelling is strangely moving" (Sunday Times ****)

"You end up not only with a broad grin on your face but a tear in your eye" (Dominic Maxwell, Times ****)

TONIGHT AT 8.30                                                                                                                                                                       "McIntyre is astute... even in tails Tonight at 8:30 feels surprisingly often like tonight." (Ian Shuttleworth, FT ****)

"A marathon viewing of three Noel Coward triple bills... sounds like a banquet of soufflés. In the event, the nine plays... prove unexpectedly nourishing" (Michael Billington, Guardian ****)

THE SEAGULL
"Extraordinary ...Director Blanche McIntyre gets bolder and better with every production ...This is an extraordinary take on Chekhov’s play: layered, feisty, gorgeously melancholic and, lest I forget, frequently droll" (Matt Treuman, Telegraph *****)

"short, sharp reinvention blows away the cobwebs so thoroughly that Chekhov’s classic offers the shock of the new once again ...McIntyre’s astute staging leaves plenty to the imagination ...this mix of old and new is always absorbing, and sometimes revelatory" (Dominic Maxwell, Times ****)

"there's never a dull moment …edgy and fascinating" (Lyn Gardner, Guardian ****)

"We're living in an era of strong and radical Chekhov productions … Blanche McIntyre's staging of The Seagull is up there with the best … Nothing is fidgety. Action and speech are muscular and concentrated … The next time the artistic directorship of a substantial theatre comes round, it should be hers for the taking" (Susannah Clapp, Observer)

"McIntyre’s production for once lives up to the cliché about making a classic seem new" (Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times ****)

"an outstanding production by Blanche McIntyre ...it is fresh, funny, absolutely original and still properly attentive to the core themes of artistic aspiration, emotional cruelty and the changing theatre." (Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage ****)

THE ONLY TRUE HISTORY OF LIZZIE FINN
"It's so exhilarating to look into the face (a female one) of the future... the news about The Only True History of Lizzie Finn is the director, Blanche McIntyre" (Susannah Clapp, The Observer)

"Blanche McIntyre is a young director who has already earned considerable plaudits. Here, in a first British staging of this bittersweet Nineties play by Sebastian Barry, she shows why" (Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard)

"McIntyre – who this year won the Critics' Circle Most Promising Newcomer award – wisely allows the action to develop naturally... Not a noisy play, but one of extraordinary elegiac power" (Guardian ****)

"McIntyre’s production is simple and effective" (Telegraph ****)

"McIntyre – who won the Critics' Circle most promising newcomer – is an attentive, unpretentious director who here exceeds expectation. She brings out the play's humanity, singularity and charm" (Kate Kellaway, The Observer)

"Striking fringe gold again, rising directorial star Blanche McIntyre manages to make Weston-super-Mare seem positively alluring... McIntyre's finely acted production has a dreamy lyricism and swooping sense of romance" (Time Out **** Critics’ Choice)

REPENTANCE / BEHIND THE LINES
"Superbly directed by Blanche McIntyre" (Telegraph)

"Staged, with enormous flair, by Blanche McIntyre... it is McIntyre's production that gives the play visual impetus" (Guardian)

"The atmosphere is intimate, and director Blanche McIntyre, a rising star, makes ingenious use of the constrained space" (Evening Standard)

"The double bill, intelligently blended by Blanche McIntyre's direction, has a polished rawness to it" (Official London Theatre)

FOXFINDER
"The piece is realised with absolute imaginative authority in Blanche McIntyre's tense, darkly atmospheric production" (Independent ****)

"Exceptionally directed... a superlative achievement from all involved.  [The script is] evocatively realised by director Blanche McIntyre... Simply put, this show is little short of flawless... one can only hope that future directors have the same tact.  A truly terrific production, and an absolute must-see" (Whatsonstage *****)

"Director Blanche McIntyre follows last year’s dazzling Finborough revival of Accolade with another first-rate production.  She keeps the staging stark and simple, and makes chilling use of prolonged silences" (Guardian ****)

"Blanche McIntyre's sparse, bleak production never lets the tension drop" (Telegraph ****)

"Blanche McIntyre’s production is grippingly atmospheric, dark and tense and confident enough to revel in the sort of stillness and silence that ratchet up the tension" (Evening Standard ****)

"Blanche McIntyre's fabulous production... this is a bold and often brilliant stab at something new" (Times)

"McIntyre’s atmospheric production... Rich, rare and deeply unsettling" (Time Out **** Critics’ Choice)

"Blanche McIntyre's riveting, stripped-down production... McIntyre has an impressive command of visuals as well as text and actors, harnessing the length of the stage to build a mood of paranoia with characters looming out of darkness" (Variety)

ACCOLADE (2011)
"Blanche McIntyre's suspense-filled, utterly authentic exhumation ...Upcoming director McIntyre is alive to the play's every emotional nuance ...McIntyre's first-rate production ensures that its dilemmas reain timeless and gripping" ...James Cotterill's set "gives the actors and the play's world true solidity while subtly underlining the notion of prying eyes looking in" (David Benedict - Variety).

"McIntyre's superbly acted production captures precisely the feel of a period of double-lives and double-standards" (Michael Billington - Guardian ****).

"A forgotten gem... Accolade is humorous, humane and subtle in its suspenseful twists, and McIntyre's up-close staging enthralls.  A talented young director and an exceptional fringe revival (Kate Bassett - Independent on Sunday)

"With Emlyn Williams' 1950 drama we are well into revelation... Blanche McIntyre's production matches the play in quality and approach... With a fraction of the budget and playing space, this is the production last year's National Theatre revival of Rattigan's After The Dance wanted to be - and perhaps the play it wanted to be as well" (Ian Shuttleworth - Financial Times *****).

"At an early date, Accolade already classifies as one of the definng rediscoveries of this theatrical year... Blanche McIntyre's career-making production... The praise afforded Accolade, one senses, has only just begun" (Matt Wolf - New York Times).

"Director Blanche McIntyre unearths a potent broadside directed at English prurience and hypocrisy... Witty and sad, tense but chary of melodrama, Accolade is an elegantly understated piece with a palpable fury in its depths... blessed with just about the finest cast I've ever seen in a fringe show" (Andrzej Lukowski - Time Out **** Show of the Week).