Emily Burns

Director, Writer

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Rose Cobbe
Assistant: Florence Hyde

Film, TV & Theatre

Emily is a director and writer. She is currently Resident Director at the National Theatre.

Emily directed The Comeback at the Noël Coward theatre in 2020, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and has adapted Romeo and Juliet for film for the National Theatre, which will be released in 2021.

She has worked as an associate director to Nicholas Hytner, Simon Godwin and Rufus Norris. In addition, she works with award winning comedy duo The Pin, soprano Héloise Werner, the James Cousins Company and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.

In Development

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

2021

STC Washington

As Adaptor. Directed by Simon Godwin. Due to premiere in 2021, dates tbd.

THE BOOK OF DUST - LA BELLE SAUVAGE

2021

The Bridge Theatre

As Associate. Directed by Nick Hytner. Adapted by Bryony Lavery from the books by Philip Pullman

Film

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2020 - 2021

National Theatre, Sky Arts, PBS

Adaptor and Associate Director. An original film for television.
Directed by Simon Godwin. Starring Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor

Theatre

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As Director

2020

Noel Coward Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions

By Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden

BACKSTAGE

2018

Soho Theatre & Pleasance Edinburgh

By Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA

2017 - 2019

King’s Place, Snape Maltings. Cockpit Theatre, King’s Place & Touring

By Octavia Bright and Héloïse Werner

NESTING

2017

The Watermill Theatre

By Ellen Robertson

THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN

2017

Opera North Children’s Chorus / Opera North & Theatre Royal Nottingham

By Robert Browning, Jonathan Willcocks

SCENES FROM THE END

2016

Camden People’s Theatre, Greenside Nicholson Square, Tristan Bates Theatre / The Hermes Experiment

By Jonathan Woolgar

TRAVESTY

2016

Latitude, Edinburgh Festival Fringe & New Diorama / Fight in the Dog

By Liam Williams

As Dramaturg

TIMON OF ATHENS

2018 - 2020

RSC, TFANA, Brooklyn & STC, Washington DC

As dramaturg & editor.
Directed by Simon Godwin

Associate Credits

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

2019

Bridge Theatre

Directed by Nick Hytner

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

2018 - 2019

National Theatre

Directed by Simon Godwin

HANSARD

2018 - 2019

National Theatre

By Simon Woods. Directed by Simon Godwin.

JULIUS CAESAR

2017 - 2018

Bridge Theatre

Directed by Nick Hytner