Deborah Warner has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath.
In a career spanning four decades, the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning theatre and opera direction has worked with leading companies and talent worldwide. She has held prestigious positions including Resident Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Associate Director of the National Theatre, and Associate Director of the Barbican.
Warner said: “I am delighted to be joining the team in Bath and very excited to be working on a small and intimate scale once more. The Ustinov Studio has become a major force in British theatre and I look forward to the opportunity to present challenging and questioning theatre in all its many forms as we enter this new decade.”
Danny Moar, Director of Theatre Royal Bath, said “This is a fabulous appointment for the Theatre Royal Bath and a testament to the role the Ustinov Studio plays locally, nationally and internationally. Deborah’s extraordinary track record speaks for itself and we very much look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”
Her many notable productions include Titus Andronicus with Brian Cox at the RSC, for which she earned an Olivier Award, as well as many titles from her long-standing creative partnership with actress Fiona Shaw which spans over 30 years. Starting with Electra at the RSC in 1988; their list of productions together include Hedda Gabler, Medea which was nominated for three Tony awards, the ground breaking Richard II at the NT with Shaw in the title role, the world premiere of The Testament of Mary on Broadway and at the Barbican, as well as their staging of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land which toured the world and re-discovered Wilton’s Music Hall.
Other NT titles include The Good Person of Sichuan, Mother Courage and Her Children and Happy Days.
More recently her production of King Lear at the Old Vic marked Glenda Jackson’s return to the stage. Her opera productions include Wozzeck and La Voix Humaine , The Turn of the Screw, Billy Budd, Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Rape of Lucrece, St. John Passion, Diary of One Who Disappeared, Death in Venice, Messiah, Eugene Onegin and the world premiere of Between Worlds.
Warner’s inaugural season will be Autumn 2020 with full details and programming to be announced in due course.