The start of his profession as Alan Rickman’s observe spot operator, being known as a grubby thruster by an Fairness councillor and his tenures as Creative Director at each the Bush Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth. All of this and extra is mentioned in our 30th episode of Regrets I’ve Had A Few, in our 30th yr, featuring celebrated Director, Simon Stokes. 

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About Simon Stokes

Simon turned an Creative Director on the Bush Theatre in London from the mid Nineteen Seventies to the late Nineteen Eighties. A brand new play specialist, he developed and directed a lot of our now celebrated playwrights and performers.

The Bush additionally labored with a variety of impartial theatre corporations together with such because the Folks Present, Phantom Captain, Paines Plough, Hull Truck, the Ladies’s Theatre Group, Homosexual Sweatshop and Black Theatre Co-op.

Within the Nineteen Nineties he was Creative Affiliate and Director of Growth for Howard Panter’s Turnstyle Group, creating new performs for manufacturing within the West Finish.

As a freelancer, he directed in Germany, Switzerland, Israel and the USA as effectively within the UK.

As a director a few of his most extremely profiled work has included Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Lady on the Bush with Simon Callow and Mark Rylance, Once I Was A Lady I Used to Scream and Shout by Sharman Macdonald on the Bush; the Edinburgh Worldwide Competition and the West Finish with, variously, Celia Imrie, Julie Walters, Geraldine James and Daybreak French; A Slip of the Tongue by Dusty Hughes with John Malkovich and Ingeborga Dapkunaite; The Inexperienced Man by Doug Lucie with Phil Daniels and Danny Webb; and Monster Raving Loony by James Graham on the Drum Theatre Plymouth and Soho Theatre.

As Creative Director on the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 1998 to 2018 he turned the Drum, a big studio area, into one other nationally seen theatre, profitable many plaudits. He once more adopted a programming technique of blending Drum productions with visiting corporations and developed a number of distinctive coproducing relationships with corporations like Frantic Meeting, Ontroerend Goed, Paines Plough and Informed by an Fool.