Adam Penford

Director

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Agent: St John Donald
Assistant: Jonny Jones

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"Adam Penford’s staging is as fresh and sweet as new morning grass, full of rough invention." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian. Watership Down, 2016

Trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

For the National Theatre: A Small Family Business (Olivier), Dorfman Opening Gala (Dorfman), Is There Wi-Fi in Heaven (The Shed), Island (Cottesloe). Revival Director on One Man Two Guvnors (West End, Broadway, UK and International Tour). Associate Director on NT 50 Years on Stage. Staff Director on Season’s Greetings.

Other directing credits: Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse), Ghost the Musical (ETF), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse), The Machine Gunners and Run! (Polka Theatre), The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse), Holes (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre), Young Woodley, Tea and Sympathy (Finborough Theatre) and The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre).

Assistant/Associate director credits: Kevin Spacey Gala (Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale (Propeller at the Watermill), The Vagina Monologues (National Tour), 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Bush), Imagine This (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Dying For It (Almeida) and Charley’s Aunt (Oxford Playhouse).

Adam will direct Plantinum (Hampstead Theatre) in December 2016 and Committee (Donmar Warehouse) in 2017. His production of The Boys in the Band will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End in 2017. 

Adam was made Artistic Director Designate of the Nottingham Playhouse in 2016.

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes
2018

Nottingham Playhouse

Director

2018

Nottingham Playhouse

Director

2018

Nottingham Playhouse

Director

The Boys in the Band

2017

Vaudeville Theatre

Director

Committee

2017

Donmar Warehouse

Director

Platinum

2016 - 2017

Hampstead Theatre

Director

The Boys in the Band

2016

Park Theatre

Director

Unfaithful

2016

Found111

Director

Watership Down

2016

Watermill Theatre

Director

Deathtrap

2016

Salisbury Playhouse

Director

Kevin Spacey Gala

2015

Old Vic

Associate Director

Is There Wi-Fi In Heaven?

2014

National Theatre

Director
Winner of the 2014 New Views Competition

Dorfman Opening Gala

2014

National Theatre

Director

Ghost the Musical

2014

English Theatre Frankfurt

Director

A Small Family Business

2014

National Theatre

Director

One Man, Two Guvnors

2014

National Theatre

Revival Director - West End, Broadway & Tour

The Talented Mr Ripley

2014

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Director

Legally Blonde

2014

Arts Educational

Director

50th Anniversary Gala

2013

National Theatre & BBC

Associate Director to Nick Hytner

Stepping Out

2012

Salisbury Playhouse

Director

Island

2012

National Theatre

Director

Run

2012

Polka Theatre

Director

A Man of No Importance

2011

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Director

The Machine Gunners

2011

Polka Theatre

Director

Season's Greetings

2010

National Theatre

Staff Director to Marianne Elliot

The Hostage

2010

Southwark Playhouse

Director

Holes

2009

Wimbledon Studio Theatre

Director

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

2008

Bush Theatre & Latitude Festival

Assistant to Anthea Williams

Imagine This

2007

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Resident to Tim Sheader

Dying For It

2007

Almeida Theatre

Assistant to Anna Mackmin

Out of Bounds: Young Woodley / Tea & Sympathy

2006

Finborough Theatre

Director

The Vagina Monologues

2006

UK Tour

Associate to Tim Sheader

Charley's Aunt

2006

Oxford Playhouse

Assistant to Tim Sheader