The National Theatre’s Rufus Norris – Biography

A biography of RUFUS NORRIS, new Artistic Director of the National Theatre.

Rufus Norris
Rufus Norris

Rufus Norris trained as an actor at RADA before becoming a theatre director.

He came to prominence in 2001 with his production of Afore Night Came at the Young Vic, winning a Most Promising Newcomer Evening Standard Theatre Award. He won his second Evening Standard Award and the Critics Circle Award for his production of Festen in 2004.

Other shows include an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize winning novel Vernon God Little at the Young Vic, and a West End revival of Cabaret, which won two Oliviers.

In 2008 his Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels garnered five Tony Award nominations including Best Revival.

In 2011 his production of London Road at the National Theatre, where he is an Associate Director, won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

In 2009, Rufus made his screen debut with the short film King Bastard, written by his wife Tanya Ronder and produced by BBC Films. In 2012 his debut feature Broken opened Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival and went on to win Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards.

Rufus Norris is currently developing the screen adaptation of London Road for Cuba Pictures and BBC Films.


For the National Theatre: The Amen Corner, Table, London Road (Critics Circle Award winner), Death and the King’s Horseman, Market Boy

In the West End and on tour: The Country Girl, Cabaret (Olivier Award winner)

On Broadway: Les Liasons Dangereuses (five Tony Award nominations)

Other theatre:

Festen (Almeida, West End, tour and Broadway)

Blood Wedding (Almeida)

Feast (Young Vic)

Vernon God Little (Young Vic)

Tintin (Young Vic)

Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic)

Peribanez (Young Vic)

Afore Night Come (Young Vic)

Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court)

About the Boy (Royal Court)

Clubbed Out (Royal Court)

Small Change (Sheffield Crucible)

Dirty Butterfly (Soho Theatre)

My Dad’s Cornershop (Birmingham Rep)

Mish Alla Ruman (Al Kasaba Theatre, Pakistan)

Tall Stories (Battersea Arts Centre and Vienna Festival)

Sea Tongue (The Shout)

Opera: Dr Dee (MFI and ENO), Don Giovanni (ENO)


King Bastard

Broken (Best Film – British Independent Film Awards)

👤 📅15 October 2013
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