Conrad Nelson

Actor/Director

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Associate Agent: Amy Sparks

Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Sean Gascoine
Associate Agent: Amy Sparks

Acting

Film

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

DANCIN' THRU THE DARK

Dave

Mike Ockrent

BBC FILMS

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Hugh Oatcake

Kenneth Branagh

MGM/Renaissance

Stage

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

WHEN WE ARE MARRIED

Henry Ormonroyd

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

DOWN THE DOCK ROAD

Marley

Hannah Chissick

Royal Court Liverpool

THE WINTER'S TALE

Leontes

Conrad Nelson

Northern Broadsides

TALKING HEADS; "A CHIP IN THE SUGAR"

Graham

Gwenda Hughes

New Vic Theatre

OTHELLO

Iago

Trafalgar Studios

Sonia Friedman Productions

THE TEMPEST

Trinculo

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

OLIVER!

Mr Bumble

Chris Monks

New Vic Theatre

RICHARD III

Richard III

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

SWEET WILLIAM

William

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

AMADEUS

Salieri

Chris Monks

New Vic, Stoke

ANTIGONE

Chorus/Guard

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

HENRY V

Henry V

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

POETRY OR BUST

Woolsorter4/The Patron

Tony Harrison

OEDIPUS

Oedipus

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

ANNA KARENINA

Mark Babych

Bolton Octagon Theatre

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Benedick

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

KING LEAR

Edgar

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

TRACKERS OF OXYRHYNCHIUS

Grenfell/Apollo

West Yorkshire Playhouse

A PASSIONATE WOMAN

Mark

Ned Sherrin

LABOURERS OF HERAKLES

Labourer

Tony Harrison

National Theatre

MAD AND HER DAD

Tom

Glen Walford

Miracle Productions

OMMA

Oedipus

Tim Supple

Young Vic Theatre

AS YOU LIKE IT

Amiens

Declan Donnellan

Cheek By Jowl

KING JOHN

The Bastard

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

ROMEO & JULIET

Mercutio

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

COMEDY OF ERRORS

Dromio / Syracuse

Barrie Rutter

Northern Broadsides

Television

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

LAPLAND

Coach

Catherine Morshead

BBC

WATERLOO ROAD

Bill Barker

Keith Boak

Shed Productions

APPARITIONS

Joe

John Strickland

Lime Pictures Ltd.

THE ROYAL TODAY

Danny Howell

Stephen Moore

Yorkshire Television

HOLBY CITY

Patrick Thomas

Steve Finn

BBC Television

THE STREET

David Lund

David Blair

Granada Television

CORONATION STREET (10 Episodes)

Vince

Various

Granada Television

HEARTBEAT

Peter Whiley

Euan Jonasgrimas

Yorkshire Television

BLUE MURDER 2

Andy

Keith Boak

Granada Television

HEARTBEAT

Yorkshire Television

THE ROYAL

Ben

Keith Boak

Granada Television

HOLBY CITY

Chris Gilbert

Keith Boak

BBC

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES

Mike

Gareth Gwenlan

BBC - XMAS SPECIAL

WITHOUT MOTIVE 2

Graham Murray

Ferdinand Fairfax

Meridian

Radio

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

JEZEBEL

Claude

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

STONE

McCaffrey/Rigger/Kevin

Nadia Molinari

BBC Radio 4

TRIAL BY LAUGHTER

Cruikshank, Duke of York

Gary Brown

BBC Radio 4

LOVE ME TENDER

Roy

Gary Brown

BBC Radio 4

ALIYAH

Conrad

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

De Guiche

Sue Roberts

BBC Radio 4

STONE

McCaffrey/Rogers

Nadia Molinari

BBC Radio 4

DEAD MAN'S SUIT

David/John/Bill

Gary Brown

BBC Radio 4

YELLOW GRUISETTE

Mr Hardee/Millais

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

NOSFERATU

Prof. Bulwer

Susan Roberts

BBC Radio 4

FROM FACT TO FICTION

Pete

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

THE CHRYSALIDS

Joseph/Gordon

Nadia Molinari

BBC Radio 4

A DOLLS HOUSE

Dr. Rank

Nadia Molinari

BBC Radio 4

HIGHER (Series 3)

Jeremy/Minister

Gary Brown

BBC Radio 4

TALKING TO ZEUS

Tom

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

ODOUR

Roger/Manager

Gary Brown

BBC Radio 4

THE JUDAS BURNER

Biggs / Jake

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

REEDS IN THE WIND

Don Predu / Don Zame

Nadia Molinari

BBC Radio 4

THE PAINTED VEIL

Waddington

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

GARGANTUA & PENTRAGRUEL

Panurge/Salt Merchant/Priest

Gary Brown

BBC Radio 4

THE MILLION POUND BANK NOTE

Trubshaw/Vesuvius

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

SLEEPING DOG

Dave

Gary Brown

BBC Radio 4

SILAS MARNER (2-part drama)

Godfrey/William

Pauline Harris

BBC Radio 4

THE LAST FREE HOURS OF CHARLIE

Thompson

Nadia Molinari

BBC Radio 4

THE LADIES' DELIGHT

Bourdoncle

BBC Radio 4

Film, TV & Theatre

Born in Liverpool, Conrad Nelson was educated at Wirral Grammar School and graduated with a BA Hons in Performing Arts. As well as working extensively in the industry including at The National Theatre and major UK Repertory and Touring Companies, he continues to work in Televsion and Film and has considerable experience in radio drama at the BBC.

Conrad has developed a strong reputation as a dramatic composer and written music for over 35 theatre productions, radio and televison. His acting career boasts many major roles including Richard 111 and as Iago alongside Lenny Henry’s Othello.

He is the Artist Director of Claybody Theatre a company renowned for their new writing work performed in site specific venues. He runs Claybody with award winning writer, Deborah McAndrew. Conrad is the former Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides - best known for their high quality, national touring productions of Shakespeare and new foreign language adaptations. 

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes

THE D-ROAD

2019

Claybody Theatre

By Deborah McAndrew
Director & Dramaturg

CYRANO DE BERGARAC

2019

St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival Ontario

Director

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

2019

International Shakespeare Festival Neuss / Northern Broadsides

Director

BRASSED OFF

2019

New Vic Theatre

Director

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

2019

Northern Broadsides / New Vic Theatre

Director & Composer

HOT LANE

2018

Claybody Theatre

By Deborah McAndrew
Director & Dramaturg

THEY DON'T PAY? WE WON'T PAY!

2018

York Theatre Royal / Northern Broadsides

Director

HARD TIMES

2018

Northern Broadsides

Director

ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS

2017

New Vic Theatre

Director

RICHARD III

2017

Hull Truck Theatre

Associate director & composer

DIRTY LAUNDRY

2017

Claybody Theatre

Director

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

2017

New Vic Theatre / Northern Broadsides

Director & Composer

THE WINTER'S TALE

2015

Northern Broadsides National Tour

Director, Composer & Actor (Leontes)

DIGGING IN

2015

Claybody Theatre

By Deborah McAndrew
Director

KING LEAR

2015

Northern Broadsides National Tour

Associate director & composer

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

2014

Northern Broadsides National Tour

Director & Composer

I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE

2014

New Vic Theatre

By Bob Eaton
Director

UGLY DUCK

2013

Claybody Theatre

By Deborah McAndrew
Director

THE GRAND GESTURE

2013

Harrogate Theatres

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew form Nikolai Erdman’s ‘The Suicide’
Director, Dramaturg & Composer

A GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

2012

Northern Broadsides / Harrogate Theatres

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew
Director, Dramaturg & Composer

BALLROOM BLITZ

2012

Hull Truck Theatre Company

By Dave Windass
Director & Dramaturg

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

2012

Northern Broadsides

Associate director & composer

BROKEN TIME

2011

Three Stones Media

By Mick Martin
Director & Dramaturg

HAMLET

2011

New Vic Theatre / Northern Broadsides

By William Shakespeare
Director, Editor & Composer

1984

2010

Dukes Theatre Lancaster / Northern Broadsides

Adapted by Nick Lane
Director, Dramaturg & Composer

THE CANTERBURY TALES

2010

Northern Broadsides / New Vic Theatre

A new adaptation by Mike Poulton
Director & Composer

STRANGE VOYAGES

2010

The Victoria Hall

By Chris Monks
Director

OTHELLO

2009

Sonia Friedman West End/ West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Northern Broadsides

By William Shakespeare
Associate Director, Actor & Composer

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST

2008

Northern Broadsides

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew
Director, Dramaturg & Composer

AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER

2008

Reveal Theatre Company

Director

VACUUM

2008

Esk Valley Theatre

Director & Composer

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

2007

Octagon Theatre Bolton

A new adaptation by Neil Duffield
Director, Dramaturg & Composer

LISA'S SEX STRIKE

2007

Northern Broadsides / Octagon Theatre Bolton

A new adaptation of Lysistrata by Blake Morrison
Director, Dramaturg & Composer

THE TEMPEST

2007

New Vic Theatre / Northern Broadsides

By William Shakespeare
Associate Director & Composer

OLEANNA

2006

New Vic Theatre

By David Mamet
Director

THE TEMPEST

2007

Northern Broadsides

Associate director & composer

VACUUM

2007

Northern Broadsides

By Deborah McAndrew
Director, Dramaturg & Composer

THE BELLS

2005

Northern Broadsides

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew
Director,Dramaturg & Composer

KING JOHN/MERRY WIVES

2001

Northern Broadsides

By William Shakespeare
Co-director & Composer

Composer

ProductionCompanyNotes

DIANA OF DOBSON'S

2016

New Vic Theatre

HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA

2014

BBC Radio 4

THE GRAND GESTURE

2013

Northern Broadsides

A GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

2012

Northern Broadsides

HIGHER

2012

Incidental / BBC Radio 4 Drama

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

2012

Northern Broadsides

Plus additional promotional video

THE LANTERN

2011

Big Red Studio / Arts Council England

Animation commission

WE ARE THREE SISTERS

2011

Northern Broadsides

Plus additional promotional video

GARGANTUA AND PANAGRUEL

2011

Incidental / BBC Radio 4 Drama

HAMLET

2011

Northern Broadsides

Plus additional promotional video

DAVID COPPERFIELD

2010

Octagon Theatre Bolton

1984

2010

Northern Broadsides / New Vic Theatre

THE CANTERBURY TALES

2010

New Vic Theatre / Northern Broadsides

OLIVER TWIST

2009

Octagon Theatre Bolton

OTHELLO

2009

Sonia Friedman West End/ West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Northern Broadsides

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST

2008

Northern Broadsides

REVIEWS

CYRANO

"It's a production which supplies all the expected braggadocio and swagger, but nonetheless displays a nose for the unexpected." (The Guardian)

THE WINTER'S TALE

"Conrad Nelson's powerful performance as Leontes is matched in the mastery and magic realism of his direction" (The Stage)

THE TEMPEST

"Northern Broadsides' latest production leaves no doubt that The Tempest is a rollicking jazz musical. The musical arrangements of Conrad Nelson have become Northern Broadsides' secret weapon." (The Guardian)

HAMLET

"Conrad Nelson's production is as physically and spiritually exhilarating as a cross between Alton Towers' wildest ride and Mozart's Requiem. An atmospheric battlements opening, shifts startlingly to the court where dinner-suited Claudius tinkles a piano while Ophelia in a flouncy frock belts out a big-band-style number and Gertrude shimmies in hip-hugging satin. It's the first of many shocks that jolt the play free from the weight of its past …daringly theatrical and heartbreakingly human." (The Observer)

"This is a high-energy, absorbing production of which the Bard himself would have been proud." (The Stage)

"…shot through with new ideas, new observations, new thoughts and it’s not to be missed." (BBC Radio)

THE CANTERBURY TALES

 “Nelson's direction is awe inspiring. He moves his sixteen players like a chess grandmaster.. Wonderful stuff. We see the stories flow by and are delighted by them, the ensemble and each actor as he or she takes the opportunity to shine. It shows our culture and national character in a good light. And it's a smashing night in the theatre.” (The British Theatre Guide)

…as invigorating as a high wind over the downs in spring.” (The Observer ****)

“…Nelson's production manages to become more than the sum of its entendres. The Clerk's Tale of patient Griselda– a complex allegory about the constancy of the Christian soul  done with such ravishing tenderness that it becomes a highlight.. Chaucer's work is all about the journey: Northern Broadsides make the arrival truly transporting as well.” (The Guardian ****)

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

"Conrad Nelson’s unique direction is impressive, as like Dawn Allsopp’s evocative clock-style set, it captures the spirit of the original but also adds so much more. This is a show which the whole family can enjoy as it is timeless, funny and poignant. The Octagon has done it again: this could be the show to beat this Christmas." (What’s On Stage ****)

LISA'S SEX STRIKE

"Director Conrad Nelson evokes the muses of Olympus and the ghost of Benny Hill in a knockabout synthesis of styles that incorporates music hall, brass bands, Bollywood and rap… Morrison's version is faithful to Aristophanes in that it is hysterically funny. The joyous conclusion - conceived as a slinky Berlin cabaret routine - left the audience, like the characters, gagging for more." (The Guardian ****)

A GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

"Conrad Nelson’s production is sharply defined, full of original touches, immaculately paced…" (What’s on Stage *****)

"…the blunt expose of parochial paranoia is only part of the story – and the fun really starts when Conrad Nelson's production begins to treat Gogol's feverish vision as an early example of the theatre of the absurd…. it is the resounding music (in Nelson's own arrangements) that roots the action to a specific time and place." (The Guardian ****)

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

"Conrad Nelson's joyous production proves once and for all that Northern Broadsides' approach to the classics is far more than Northernising speech and setting." (What’s on Stage ****)

"It’s a comic classic: and Conrad Nelson gleefully restores it to life for today. …Grand fun." (Libby Purves review ****)

BROKEN TIME

"Conrad Nelson's highly entertaining production should appeal to more than just rugby fans, making good use of music hall routines and a fine ensemble cast who bring cornets, euphoniums and tubas along. It's a stroke of genius to represent the matches as stirring band arrangements; but as they say around these parts, where there's muck there's brass." (The Guardian ****)

1984

“…an attention-riveting piece of pure theatrical magic.” (What’s On Stage *****)

"To praise Northern Broadsides's production for being drab, dreary and dispiriting might seem perverse; but the fact that 1984 is all of those things is not just good, it is "double good. The cast morph effortlessly, under Conrad Nelson's storytelling-inspired direction, between vivid characterisations and neutral narrator roles. Nick Haverson's Winston, now crushed, now defiant, finally defeated, is compelling and Kate Ambler manages to breathe raw life into the novel's unconvincing Julia, the love of his life, trampled by Big Brother." (The Observer)

I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE

"Director Conrad Nelson has ensured that the play delivers the emotive and realistic social documentary genre which is essential for keeping history alive and accessible to the masses." (Chris Eldon Lee review)

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST

"In the hands of director Conrad Nelson, and a comically gifted cast, it is a reminder of the power of theatre. If this is the kind of alchemy it intends to keep creating, (Northern Broadsides) is set to be one of Yorkshire’s finest exports for years to come
." (Yorkshire Post *****)

"…up to the minute, politically sharp and hilarious." (The Observer)

THE GRAND GESTURE

"Conrad Nelson's ever-theatrical direction situations satisfyingly seesaw between gleeful absurdity and gut-wrenching gravity." (The Observer ****)

BALLROOM BLITZ

"…under Conrad Nelson’s direction - taking place on a set backed by a sparkling curtain - there’s also an elegance about the production. Scenes, including some intricate ballroom dancing sequences, glide together seamlessly under the patterned light of the glitter ball." (The Stage)