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Elizabeth Freestone

Elizabeth is the former Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company and is now a freelance Theatre Director working in the UK and USA.

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).

Productions

2017

HOUSE AND GARDEN Watermill Theatre
 

 

for pentabus theatre company (touring)

AS THE CROW FLIES

by Hattie Naylor

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

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.

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

VIA DOLOROSA by David Hare (dir. Stephen Daldry)

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

 

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

 

RT @lawrencetdoyle: such a brilliant job @WatermillTh by all involved with #Houseandgarden tonight keeping 2 shows in sync- what fun https:…

RT @Channel4News: Muslims march for peace in Manchester, laying flowers and praying at the site of Monday’s terror attack. https://t.co/aMk

RT @tbtlake: Fab to see our revival of Rattigan's #AftertheDance featured in @TheStage's critic's picks this week https://t.co/6Ya0hpDSa6 h…

RT @AnthonyLamble: LX boys and girls show off #rollerdiner @sohotheatre https://t.co/GOVj8LZ6lx