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Brigid Larmour

Brigid Larmour

Director

Director, Adaptor and Associate Producer of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 with Tracy Ann Oberman, co-produced by Watford Palace Theatre and HOME Manchester in spring 2023.  It sold out two seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of a successful national tour with Trafalgar Entertainment and Eilene Davidson Productions.  (Whatsonstage Awards nomination for Best Revival.) It transferred to the West End for a sell-out run at the Criterion Theatre in spring 2024. 

Brigid is a skilled and experienced text-based Director, especially Shakespeare, comedy, new writing (Writers’ Guild New Writing Encouragement Award 2012).   

Directing, producing and teaching experience across subsidised and commercial theatre and TV, in the UK and America. Associate Artistic Director, Patsy Rodenburg Associates. Brigid was CEO and AD for Watford Palace Theatre (WPT) from 2006 – 2023.

Directing credits for WPT include:

Premieres of: LITTLE WOMEN adapted by Anne-Marie Casey (Pitlochry Festival Theatre/WPT/HOME Manchester); JEFFERSON’S GARDEN by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Writers’ Guild Best New Play Award); 14 by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti; WE THAT ARE LEFT, MRS REYNOLDS AND THE RUFFIAN and PERFECT MATCH, all by Gary Owen; COMING UP by Neil d’Souza; OUR FATHER by Charlotte Keatley;  VON RIBBENTROP’S WATCH (Oxford Playhouse/WPT and tour) and LOVE ME DO (co-directed with Charlotte Keatley), both by Marks and Gran; I CAPTURE THE CASTLE a musical by Theresa Howard and Steven Edis (WPT/Bolton/Oxford Playhouse/Kevin Wallace).

Revival credits for WPT include:

All-female MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING; AS YOU LIKE IT; Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MAN; Ayckbourn’s ABSENT FRIENDS, TIME OF MY LIFE and ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR; Ronald Harwood’s EQUALLY DIVIDED; MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD by Charlotte Keatley.

Pantomime credits for WPT include:

MOTHER GOOSE; ROBIN HOOD; ALADDIN; SLEEPING BEAUTY; DICK WHITTINGTON

Awards include:

UK Theatre Award for Promotion of Diversity 2015.

Other Credits include:

WPT Creative Associate programme from 2006 supported inclusivity and new writing, and nurtured sector leaders: Pravesh Kumar’s Rifco Theatre became resident at WPT, coproducing a raft of major new touring work;  nabokov, founded by George Perrin and James Grieve, co-produced new plays by Mike Bartlett, Tom Wells, James Graham and others; tiata fahodzi coproduced new plays by Arinze Kene, Zodwa Nyoni and others; choreographer Kate Flatt coproduced multiple new dance theatre pieces.nnIdeal World season, a multimedia festival in 2015 explored the human impact of the digital revolution, with new plays by E.V. Crowe, Stacey Gregg and Gary Owen. Imagine Watford was an annual free outdoor arts festival nurturing British outdoor arts and increasing diversity over a period of ten years. Brigid was dramaturg for Creative Associate Kate Flatt’s UNDIVIDED LOVES (Phoenix Dance), a dance theatre piece using Shakespeare’s sonnets. Founding Artistic Director Act Productions, West End production company. Broadway transfers included David Leveaux' THE REAL THING and Jeremy Sams' NOISES OFF. Commissioned Kevin Elyot to adapt Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, directed by Steven Pimlott at the Gielgud. Supported Matthew Byam Shaw, coproducing his award-winning HUMBLE BOY by Charlotte Jones. Partnership with  Gate Theatre Dublin brought John Hurt in KRAPP'S LAST TAPE, Harold Pinter in ONE FOR THE ROAD, and Ian Holm and Lia Williams in THE HOMECOMING, to the West End. Brought  Kathryn Hunter to the West End in Lee Hall's SPOONFACE STEINBERG. Gave Gillian Anderson her first London stage role in WHAT THE NIGHT IS FOR. Theatre Consultant, BBC4 Plays. Devised and Directed Shakespeare Unplugged for NT Education, promenade productions that played schools, community centres, the Cottesloe and Lincoln Center.  David Carr’s HENRY V made him the first Black actor to play a Shakespearean King at the NT or RSC.  Virginia Radcliffe was the first female Prospero. Trainee Studio Director and Staff Director, Granada TV. Artistic Director and Joint CEO, Contact Theatre. Launched by directing Brenton's Brecht GALILEO with African American actor Joseph Mydell in the lead role. Commissioned and directed the first British play responding to the cultural implications of the internet and VR - STRANGE ATTRACTORS by Manchester poet Kevin Fegan was a multimedia promenade production, using (then) ground-breaking technologies, through a partnership with Granada TV. CLOUD 9 directed by Burt Caesar had a post-colonial slant and Global Majority cast including Adjoah Andoh. SAFE SEX by Harvey Fierstein was the first play on a British main stage to address the AIDS crisis. Freelance directing, presenting and teaching, including HALF THE STORY,  a BBC documentary about women in the arts; BADGER by Charlotte Keatley, a single camera drama for Granada TV (Prix Danube Nomination); Gorky’s VASSA for the Juilliard School in NY. Championed and directed Charlotte Keatley’s game-changing MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD, rejected by the major theatres for its all-female cast and innovative form. It won the George Devine Award, became a UK schools set text, and was produced worldwide. Directed Mustapha Matura’s PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES, the first play with an entire cast of Global Majority actors produced in the UK outside London.  Cast included Sharon D Clarke, Eddie Nestor, Treva Etienne, Diane Louise Jordann. Directed Shakespeare's ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA with Black actor Wyllie Longmore as Antony. Assistant Director to Terry Hands, RSC. Directed the first major revival of Middleton and Dekker’s THE ROARING GIRL, leading to the play re-entering the UK theatre repertoire.