Trevor Nunn was educated at Downing College, Cambridge and in 1962 he won an ABC Director's Scholarship to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where as Resident Director, his productions included The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Peer Gynt and a musical version of Around the World in Eighty Days. In 1964, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, was made an Associate Director in 1965 and became the company's youngest ever Artistic Director in 1968. He was responsible for running the RSC until he retired from his post in 1986.
His productions for the RSC included The Revenger's Tragedy, The Relapse, The Alchemist, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, Henry VIII, Hamlet, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well, Once in a Life-time, Three Sisters, Juno and the Paycock, Othello (the final production at The Other Place Theatre) and The Blue Angel and Measure for Measure (the first two productions in the new Other Place Theatre). With his colleague, John Caird, he co-directed Nicholas Nickleby (winner of five Tony Awards); J M Barrie's Peter Pan and Les MisúGables which won eight Tony Awards and has become the most performed musical in the world.
In 1982, he opened the RSC's new London home, the Barbican Theatre, with his production of Shakepeare's Henry IV, Parts I and II. 1986 saw the opening of the Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon which he conceived and for which he directed one of the first productions, The Fair Maid of the West.
He has directed the Tony Award-winning Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White for Andrew Lloyd Webber; Chess, The Baker's Wife, Timon of Athens, Heartbreak House and most recently, The Lady From The Sea (Almeida Theatre), Skellig (Young Vic), Hamlet (Old Vic) and Acorn Antiques. At Glyndebourne he has directed Idomeneo, Porgy and Bess, Cosi Fan Tutte and Peter Grimes and at The Royal Opera House, Porgy and Bess (revival), Katya Kabanova and Sophie's Choice.
From 1997 ? 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre, where his productions included Arcadia, Enemy of the People, Mutabilitie, Not About Nightingales, Oklahoma!, Betrayal, Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk, Albert Speer, The Cherry Orchard, My Fair Lady, The Relapse, South Pacific, The Coast of Utopia, A Streetcar Named Desire, Anything Goes and Love's Labour's Lost.
His television work includes Antony and Cleopatra (BAFTA award), The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby (Emmy Award), Word of Mouth, Othello, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma! (Emmy Award) and The Merchant of Venice. He has directed three films - Hedda, Lady Jane and Twelfth Night.back