Joanna Read

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Joanna was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Salisbury Playhouse for eight years. Productions included William Nicholson's SHADOWLANDS with Julian Glover and Lisa Eichorn, the new musical TWO CITIES, the European premiere of Arthur Miller's PLANG FOR TIME, TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD and THE HIRED MAN (TMA Award for Best Musical) as well as national tours of JAMAICA INN and A TOUCH OF THE SUN.

Freelance work includes the number one tour of BRASSED OFF for the Touring Partnership and Sheffield Theatres, TALENT for the Palace Theatre Watford and an outdoor production of the TEMPEST.

Prior to Salisbury, Joanna was Associate Director at the Octagon Theatre Bolton where she won a Manchester Evening News award for her producion of THE WIZARD OF OZ, Education Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre where she commissioned and directed plays by Debbie Isitt, Richard Cameron, Andrew Alty and Alex Jones, and Assistant Director at the Young Vic.  Joanna has been Principal of LAMDA since 2010. From January 2019 she will take up a new post as chief executive of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.  

As a writer Joanna's work includes the book of TWO CITIES, a new musical with Howard Goodall. She has also written five pantomimes, all performed at Salisbury Playhouse, the more recent of which was ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD.  CINDERELLA was the 2009 Christmas show at Watford Palace Theatre followed by ALADDIN in 2010.

In 2010, Joanna directed the world premiere of Jill Hyem's play WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS for the Mill at Sonning.    

Other

ProductionCompanyNotes

TWO CITIES

Salisbury Playhouse

TWO

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Salisbury Playhouse

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

THE WINTER'S TALE

Salisbury Playhouse

THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

Young Vic

THE WATERS OF THE MOON

Salisbury Playhouse

THE SECRET RAPTURE

Salisbury Playhouse

THE HIRED MAN

Salisbury Playhouse

THE DUCHESS OF MALFI

Salisbury Playhouse

THE DAUGHTER IN LAW

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

THE CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY

RADA

THE COUNTRY WIFE

Arden School of Theatre

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS by William Shakespeare

Guildford Shakespeare Company

THE CHANGELING

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

TALENT

Watford Palace Theatre and the Mercury Theatre Colchester

SWEET HEART

Salisbury Playhouse

SQUEALING LIKE A PIG

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

SHADOWLANDS

Salisbury Playhouse

SEVEN

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

SEE HOW THEY RUN

Salisbury Playhouse

RUTHERFORD AND SON

Salisbury Playhouse

ROUGH CROSSING

Salisbury Playhouse

POOL DEATH

Salisbury Playhouse

PLAYING FOR TIME

Salisbury Playhouse

PAT AND MARGARET

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

ON THE RAZZLE

Bristol Old Vic School

MOHICANS

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

MICKEY AND ME

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

MACBETH

Salisbury Playhouse

JOYRIDERS

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

JOHNNY WATKINS WALKS ON WATER

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

JAMAICAN INN

Salisbury Playhouse

HYSTERIA

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

HAMLET

Young Vic

EQUUS

Salisbury Playhouse

DONKEY'S YEARS

Salisbury Playhouse

DANGEROUS CORNER

New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

CANDIDA

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

BRETEVSKI STREET

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

BRASSED OFF

Touring Partnership and Sheffield Theatres

BORDERLINES

Crucible Studio Theatre

BONDED

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

BARBARIANS

Salisbury Playhouse

ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA

Young Vic

ANIMAL FARM

Creation Theatre Company, Oxford

A TOUCH OF THE SUN

Salisbury Playhouse

A TASTE OF HONEY

Salisbury Playhouse

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Octagon Theatre, Bolton

MATILDA AND DUFFY'S STUPENDOUS SPACE ADVENTURE

Watermill Newbury

THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW

The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

THE CORSTORPHINE ROAD NATIVITY

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

CINDERELLA

Watford Palace Theatre

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

Mill at Sonning

ALADDIN

Watford Palace Theatre