Elizabeth Freestone

Elizabeth is the Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company www.pentabus.co.uk.

Her recent bold and innovative production of The Rape of Lucrece for the RSC received wonderful reviews and continues to tour internationally.

“It’s a triumph, strange and gripping and honest.”  The Times

“There is something thrilling about seeing the RSC grappling to find a new form for Shakespeare …. Director Elizabeth Freestone rightly opts for a simplicity of staging: a shadow looms out of the darkness; a patch of light suggest a bedroom door ajar with possibilities.”  The Guardian

She trained at the National Theatre Studio and Rose Bruford College from where she has a BA Hons in Directing (First Class).

RECENT PRODUCTIONS include

HOUSE AND GARDEN
Watermill Theatre
THE RAPE OF LUCRECE
Royal Shakespeare Company, Edinburgh International Festival and international tour including Sydney, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Poland, The Hague, Derry, Cork Opera House, Dublin and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London.

FOR PENTABUS THEATRE COMPANY (touring)

HERE I BELONG
by Matt Hartley
THE LONE PINE CLUB
by Alice Birch
EACH SLOW DUSK
by Rory Mullarkey
MILKED
by Simon Longman
IN THIS PLACE
by Lydia Adetunji and Frances Brett
STAND UP DIGGERS ALL
by Phil Porter
THE HAY PLAY
by Nell Leyshon
FOR ONCE
by Tim Price
BLUE SKY
by Clare Bayley

FREELANCE PRODUCTIONS

ENDLESS LIGHT
Southwark Playhouse
A GLORIOUSLY MUCKY BUSINESS
LAMDA/Lyric Hammersmith
VOLPONE
Greenwich Theatre
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
Greenwich Theatre
TOP GIRLS
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
DR FAUSTUS
Greenwich Theatre
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
Greenwich Theatre
HERE LIES MARY SPINDLER
Royal Shakespeare Company/Latitude Festival
THE TRAVELS OF THREE ENGLISH BROTHERS
British Museum
THE TRAGEDY OF THOMAS HOBBES
Royal Shakespeare Company/Wilton’s Music Hall
ROMEO AND JULIET
Shakespeare’s Globe, European tour
SKELLIG by David Almond
WSCYT, UK tour
THREE SISTERS
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama/Sherman Theatre
THE WATER HARVEST by Chris Lee
Theatre 503
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
RWCMD/Royal Shakespeare Company
LEFT ON CHURCH STREET by Nathan Parker
Bridewell Theatre
ROCKET FUEL by Rachel Barnett
WSCYT, tour
NIGHT MUST FALL
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
NO PLACE LIKE HOME, devised
WSCYT, tour
BODY COUNT
WSCYT, tour
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
Central School of Music and Drama
RAGTIME
Urdang Academy

SHORT PLAYS

OIL HEART MOTHER by Adriano Shaplin
Present Tense/Nabokov
FLAMINGOS by Duncan Macmillan
Nabokov/Latitude Festival
POOR HENRY by James Graham
Old Red Lion
PIGEONS by Mike Bartlett and Rachel Wagstaff
Theatre 503/Apathists
ONE MAN IN HIS TREE by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Theatre 503/Apathists
TYCHO BRAHE by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Theatre 503/Apathists
COURSE IN A RESTAURANT by David Dipper
Old Vic (New Voices) 24 hour plays

REHEARSED READINGS

SOFTCOPS
RST, staged reading for the RSC’s 50th Birthday Season
THE ROAD TO GREENWICH PIER by Rachael Wagstaff
Actors Centre
THE MOMENT YOU STOP by Kellie Smith
Liverpool Everyman Everyword Festival
ARIEL by Linda Marshall Griffiths
National Theatre Studio
THE OBSERVOR by Matt Charman
National Theatre Studio
BREAKWATER by Kellie Smith
Liverpool Everyman Everyword Festival
TALKBACK by rehearsed readings
Kali/Soho Theatre
THE FIVE WIVES OF MAURICE PINDER by Matt Charman
National Theatre Studio
SHE FLIES FROM US by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Pleasance
EARLY TO RISE by S J Griffin
Soho Theatre
A DIFFERENT KIND OF DANCING by Sue Blundell
Soho Theatre
BIG AMBITION PLAYS
Old Vic

AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (dir. Sean Holmes)
Filter/National Theatre UK tour

AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

MARKET BOY by David Eldridge (dir. Rufus Norris)
National Theatre
A NEW WAY TO PLEASE YOU by Middleton and Rowley (dir. Sean Holmes)
RSC
SPEAKING LIKE MAGPIES by Frank McGuinness (dir. Rupert Goold)
RSC
BELIEVE WHAT YOU WILL by Philip Massinger (dir. Josie Rourke)
RSC
FUN HOUSE by Catherine Johnson (dir. Phyllida Lloyd)
Old Vic 24 hour plays
LOYAL WOMEN by Gary Mitchell (dir. Josie Rourke)
Royal Court
SUNDAY FATHER by Adam Pettle (dir. Rupert Goold)
Hampstead Theatre
VIA DOLOROSA by David Hare (dir. Stephen Daldry)
international festival tour
THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK by Naomi Wallace (dir. Raz Shaw)
Southwark
NAVY PIER by John Corwin (dir. Abigail Morris)
Soho

LITERARY WORK

Reader, Bruntwood Prize and Hodgkiss Prize
Royal Exchange Theatre
Researcher, for David Edgar on If Only
Chichester Festival Theatre
Researcher, for Katie Mitchell on The Seagull
National Theatre Studio
Artist in Residence
National Theatre Studio
Director on Attachment
National Theatre Studio
Senior Reader
RSC and Hampstead
Reader, Paines Plough and for Future Perfect and Wild Lunch
Hampstead, Live Theatre Newcastle, RSC, Salisbury, Soho, Royal Court Young Writers
Literary Assistant
Soho
International Writer Coordinator
Galle Literary Festival
Speaker
Cheltenham Literary Festival
Practitioner
Open University Lecture Course
Practitioner
Motley Design
Contributor
Guardian research into women in theatre
Contributor
theatre press features about the impact of live-screenings

RADIO includes

THE MATCHMAKER by J B Keane
Radio 4
THE LUNEBERG VARIATION by Paulo Maurensig
CBL for Radio 4
THE OTHER MAN by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie
Radio 4
WAR WITH THE NEWTS by Karel Capek
CBL for Radio 3
THE PAPERS OF A J WENTWORTH (Retd) by H F Ellis
Radio 4
A CHILE CHRISTMAS by Peter Searles
Radio 4
WATER SCULPTURES by Dawn King
Resonance
RING AROUND THE BATH by Lucy Clare and Ian Davidson
Radio 4
BAGGY TROUSERS
Radio 4
FABULOUS FLOPS and MORE FABULOUS FLOPS
Radio 4
THE MEL AND SUE THING
Radio 4
THE CHANGE
Radio 4

OTHER

Volunteer for Comic Relief and Sport Relief
Volunteer for Scene and Heard
Volunteer for Dickens Online
Up to date CRB, full clean driving licence

TRAINING

Academic: BA Hons. Directing (Rose Bruford College); 4 A Levels (Haywards Heath)
Theatre: National Theatre Studio
Film: BAFTA/Women in Film Directing Course
Radio: BBC Radio 4 Apprenticeship