Adam Penford

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: St John Donald
Associate Agent: Jonny Jones

Film, TV & Theatre

Adam has been Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse since 2017.

The venue won Regional Theatre of the Year 2019 in The Stage Awards, with the judges saying:

“The resurgence of Nottingham Playhouse under artistic director Adam Penford is a reason to rejoice.” 

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

For Nottingham Playhouse: Piaf,An Enemy of the PeopleCoram BoyThe Madness of George III and Wonderland.

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: Holes(UK Tour), Committee(Donmar Warehouse), The Boys in the Band(Vaudeville and Park Theatre), Platinum(Hampstead Theatre), Unfaithful(Found111), Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse and UK Tour), Ghost the Musical (ETF), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse), The Machine Gunners and Run! (Polka Theatre), The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse) and Young Woodley, Tea and Sympathy (Finborough 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).

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

Coram Boy

2019

Nottingham Playhouse

Director

An Enemy of the People

2019

Nottingham Playhouse

Director

Piaf

2020

Nottingham Playhouse

Director

Holes

2020

UK Tour

Director

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

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

The Machine Gunners

2011

Polka Theatre

Director

Season's Greetings

2010

National Theatre

Staff Director to Marianne Elliot

The Hostage

2010

Southwark Playhouse

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