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Lindsay Posner

Lindsay Steven Posner (born 6 June 1959)[1] is a British theatre director, known for his work in London's West End and at the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, particularly plays by David Mamet.


Lindsay Posner graduated from the acting course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1984. He was associate director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 to 1992 where his production of Death and the Maiden won two Laurence Olivier Awards.

He has directed five productions of David Mamet's plays, describing him as "America's greatest living playwright".[2]


Posner was an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre between 1987 and 1992. During this time, he directed a number of new plays. Additionally, from 1989 he was appointed Artistic Director of Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and Deputy Director (to Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark) for the main house.[3] During the late 2000s and early 2010s, he has had success with revivals of modern British comedies such as Relatively Speaking, Abigail's Party and Noises Off.

Theatre directed by Lindsay Posner
Date Play Author Theatre Notes
March 2013 The Winslow Boy Terence Rattigan The Old Vic [4]
January 2013 The Turn of the Screw Adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz from Henry James' novella of the same name Almeida Theatre [5]
October 2012 Uncle Vanya Anton Chekov, in a version by Christopher Hampton Vaudeville Theatre [6]
2012 Relatively Speaking Alan Ayckbourn Bath Theatre Royal [3]
2012 Abigail's Party Mike Leigh Menier Chocolate Factory, Bath Theatre Royal and Wyndham's Theatre [3]
2012 Richard III William Shakespeare Old Globe Theatre, San Diego [3]
2011 Noises Off Michael Frayn The Old Vic [3]
2009 A View from the Bridge Arthur Miller Duke of York's Theatre [3] Featuring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ken Stott
2009 House of Games Adapted by Richard Bean from the screenplay (of the film of the same name) by David Mamet Almeida Theatre [3]
2009 An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde Vaudeville Theatre [3]
2009 Butley Simon Gray Duchess Theatre [3]
2008 Three Sisters on Hope Street Diane Samuels and Tracy-Ann Oberman, based on Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters Liverpool Everyman and Hampstead Theatre [3]
2008 Carousel Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II Savoy Theatre [3] Featuring Lesley Garrett
2007 Fiddler on the Roof Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein Sheffield Crucible and the Savoy Theatre [3] Featuring Henry Goodman
2006 The Misanthrope Molière, adapted by Martin Crimp Young Vic Featuring Elizabeth McGovern and Ken Stott
2006 Fool for Love Sam Shepard Apollo Theatre [3] Featuring Juliette Lewis and Martin Henderson
2006 Tom and Viv Michael Hastings Almeida Theatre [3] Featuring Will Keen and Frances O'Connor
2005 The Hypochondriac Molière Almeida Theatre [3] Featuring Henry Goodman
2005 Romance David Mamet Almeida Theatre [3] Featuring John Mahoney
2005 The Birthday Party Harold Pinter Duchess Theatre [3]
2005 A Life in the Theatre David Mamet Apollo Theatre [3]
2004 Oleanna David Mamet Garrick Theatre [3] Featuring Aaron Eckhart and Julia Stiles
2003 The Caretaker Harold Pinter Bristol Old Vic [3]
2003 The Lady from the Sea Henrik Ibsen Lyric Hammersmith and West Yorkshire Playhouse [3] Featuring Natasha Richardson
2003 Sexual Perversity in Chicago David Mamet Comedy Theatre [3] Featuring Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria and Minnie Driver
2003 Power Nick Dear Royal National Theatre [3]
2002 Tartuffe Molière Royal National Theatre [3]
2001 Twelfth Night William Shakespeare RSC at Stratford and the Barbican Theatre [3] Featuring Guy Henry
2000 The Rivals Richard Brinsley Sheridan RSC at Stratford and the Barbican Theatre [3] Featuring Benjamin Whitrow and David Tennant
1999 The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare RSC at The Pit [3]
1999 Volpone Ben Jonson RSC at The Swan [3]
1998 After Darwin Timberlake Wertenbaker Hampstead Theatre [3]
1997 American Buffalo David Mamet Young Vic [3] Featuring Douglas Henshall, Neil Stuke and Nicholas Woodeson
1997 The Provok'd Wife Sir John Vanbrugh Old Vic [3] Featuring Michael Pennington and Victoria Hamilton
1995 The Seagull Anton Chekhov Gate Theatre, Dublin [3]
1995 The Robbers Schiller Gate Theatre, Notting Hill [3]
1993 The Treatment Martin Crimp Royal Court [3]
1992 Colquhoun and McBryde John Byrne Royal Court [3]
1991 Death and the Maiden Ariel Dorfman Royal Court [3] Winner, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play
1990 No One Sees the Video Martin Crimp Royal Court Upstairs [3]
1989 American Bagpipes Iain Heggie Royal Court [3] Featuring Lesley Manville and Ken Stott
1988 Blood Harwant Bains Royal Court Upstairs [3]
1987 Built on Sand Daniel Mornin Royal Court Upstairs [7]
1987 Downfall Gregory Motton Royal Court Upstairs [3]
1987 Ambulance Gregory Motton Royal Court Upstairs [3]
1986 Ficky Stingers Eve Lewis Royal Court Upstairs [3] Staged as part of the 1986 Royal Court Young Writers' Festival[8][9]



Posner has directed two television plays:[1]


  1. ^ "Lindsay Posner Authorised Biography", Debrett's People of Today, publication_date. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  2. ^ Lindsay Posner, "Salute Mamet the magnificent", The Observer, 28 August 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap "The Agency – Clients – Individuals", the agency. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  4. ^ "The Winslow Boy at the Old Vic"
  5. ^ "Hammer takes first steps on stage in Turn of the Screw", BBC News, 23 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Lindsay Posner". Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Production management file for Built on Sand by Daniel Mornin, May 13 1987", Archives Hub. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  8. ^ Mary F. Brewer, "Race, Sex, and Gender in Contemporary Women's Theatre: The Construction of "woman" ", Sussex Academic Press, 1999.
  9. ^ "English Stage Company/Royal Court Theatre Archive Catalogue of records in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance", V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Retrieved 6 October 2012.

External links

  • Royal Court Theatre home page
  • National Theatre home page
  • Lindsay Posner on IMDB
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