Monday 2 November, 6pm

Elizabeth Newman interviewing Sean Foley, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Artisitic Director Birmingham RepJoin the discussion – it’s free! 

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Sean Foley

Sean Foley is an actor, writer, and director.

A double Olivier Award winner, and Tony nominee, he also has multiple other Olivier nominations. Uniquely he has been separately nominated in the acting, writing and directing categories. He was recently appointed Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

He has been artistic lead on 14 major West End productions – as co-writer and lead actor; writer-director, adapter-director, or director. Eight of these productions have been Olivier-nominated, (including five he has directed).

His most recent work includes directing the Olivier-nominated Upstart Crow at the Gielgud.

Other recent work across film, TV and theatre includes:

Directed The Man In The White Suit, (Wyndhams); directed and co-adapted The Miser, (Garrick: Olivier nomination Best New Comedy); adapted and directed The Painkiller (Garrick: starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon); directed and co-adapted A Mad World My Masters for the RSC (Swan and Barbican); directed The Walworth Farce (Olympia, Dublin: starring Domhnall, Briain and Brendan Gleeson); directed the Olivier Award-winning, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, (Duke of York’s); directed The Ladykillers (Gielgud: five Olivier nominations including Best Director and Best New Play); wrote and directed Arturo Brachetti: Change, (Garrick: Olivier nomination Best Entertainment);

He co-wrote and starred in: Do You Come Here Often? (Vaudeville – Winner, Olivier Award, Best Entertainment), and The Play What I Wrote, (Wyndhams – Winner, Olivier Award, Best New Comedy), directed by Kenneth Branagh; co-wrote and starred in Ducktastic, (Albery: Olivier nomination, Best Entertainment).

He directed the feature film MINDHORN, London Film Festival, and LOCO Discovery Award for Best First Feature. He also directed Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder (starring Gemma Arterton and James Purefoy) and Diana & Freddie for the Sky Arts series Urban Myths.

Other direction includes: Pinter’s People (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); The Critic (Chichester Festival); Ben Hur (Watermill); What the Butler Saw (Vaudeville); I Can’t Sing, starring Cynthia Erivo (London Palladium); The Dresser (Duke of York’s); and Present Laughter (Chichester).

Foley has also directed live shows for leading comedians, including: Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress, Armstrong and Miller – Live, and The Catherine Tate Show – Live.

As a stage actor, as well as creating and starring in 10 original comedies for his own company, The Right Size – touring worldwide and appearing in many Festivals – Foley appeared in Mr Puntila and His Man Matti (Almeida/Albery), Hysteria (Birmingham Rep), The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound,  I Am Shakespeare, (Chichester), and Kenneth Branagh’s RADA production of Hamlet.

His screen acting credits include Samuel Beckett’s Act Without Words I, directed by Karel Riesz for C4/RTE; Wild West (BBC2), Foley and McColl: This Way Up (BBC2), Brass Eye (C4)  Happiness and Twisted Tales (BBC2); and the feature films  Gabriel and Me, The Harry Hill Movie, Mindhorn and All Is True.

Upcoming sessions:

Weds 2 Sept, 6pm: Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre

Mon 14 Sept, 6pm: Liz Stevenson, Theatre by the Lake

Mon 21 Sept, 6pm: Tarek Iskander, Battersea Arts Centre