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Richard Eyre is a Director, Scriptwriter and Executive producer British born on 28 march 1943 at Barnstaple (United-kingdom)

Richard Eyre

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Birth name Richard Charles Hastings Eyre
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 28 march 1943 (77 years) at Barnstaple (United-kingdom)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award, Officier des Arts et des Lettres‎, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Sir Richard Charles Hastings Eyre CBE (born 28 March 1943) is an English film, theatre, television and opera director.

Biography

Born in Barnstaple, Devon, England, Eyre was educated at Sherborne School, an independent school for boys in the market town of Sherborne in northwest Dorset in southwest England, followed by Peterhouse at the University of Cambridge.

Eyre became the first president of Rose Bruford College in July 2010. He gives "President's Lectures" at this prestigious drama school; his 2012 talk was entitled "Directing Shakespeare for BBC Television". He lives in Brook Green, West London.




Theatre and opera
Eyre was Associate Director at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh from 1967 to 1972. He won STV Awards for the Best Production in Scotland in 1969, 1970 and 1971. He was artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973–78 where he commissioned and directed many new plays, including Trevor Griffiths' Comedians.

Eyre was director of the UK's National Theatre (which gained the now little-used prefix Royal during his time there) between 1987 and 1997. He had previously directed a noted revival of Guys and Dolls for the venue in 1982, with Olivier Award-winner Julia McKenzie and Bob Hoskins. He repeated this production in 1996 with Imelda Staunton and Joanna Riding. His diaries from his time at the National have been published as National Service, winning the 2003 Theatre Book Prize.

Other than Guys and Dolls, his most noted theatre productions include Hamlet (twice), with Jonathan Pryce at the Royal Court in 1980 and Daniel Day-Lewis in 1989; Richard III with Ian McKellen; King Lear with Ian Holm; Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana and Sweet Bird of Youth; Eduardo De Filippo's Napoli Milionaria and Le Grande Magia; Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman with Paul Scofield, Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins; Ibsen's Hedda Gabler with Eve Best; and numerous new plays by David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Trevor Griffiths, Howard Brenton, Alan Bennett, Christopher Hampton and Nicholas Wright.

Eyre has also directed operas. His debut was the 1994 production of La traviata at the Royal Opera House which starred Angela Gheorghiu and was conducted by Sir Georg Solti. This production was televised and has subsequently been released on video and DVD.

He directed the musical Mary Poppins in London and on Broadway. On 14 February 2007, Eyre's production of Nicholas Wright's The Reporter premiered at the Royal National Theatre, London. The play explores the social climate in the years before James Mossman's death as well as the reasons for the death itself.

Eyre directed a new production of Bizet's opera Carmen for the Metropolitan Opera's 2009/10 season, starring Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna. He returned to the Met for the 2013/2014 season where he created and directed a new production of Jules Massenet's Werther with Jonas Kaufmann and Sofie Koch and returned to create and direct the 2014/2015 season opening production, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

Eyre was planning to direct Jon Robin Baitz's stage adaptation of Hollywood legend Robert Evans' memoirs The Kid Stays in the Picture and its sequel, The Fat Lady Sang, but the project was cancelled by the producer.

His production of Noël Coward's Private Lives starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross opened on Broadway in November 2011 following a run in Toronto. He directed The Dark Earth and The Light Sky for the Almeida, and The Pajama Game for the Chichester Festival Theatre.


Television
Eyre worked as both a director and one of the producers of BBC's Play for Today between 1978 and 1980. He returned to the BBC in 1988 to direct the Falklands War story Tumbledown (starring Colin Firth), which won him the BAFTA Award for Best Director and the Prix Italia.

He directed Henry IV, Part I and Part II as part of The Hollow Crown series shown on the UK's BBC Two in 2012.

Eyre was appointed to the Board of Governors of the BBC in November 1995, and in October 2000 was appointed for a second term of office, though he resigned early (with effect from 31 May 2003) due to theatre and film directing commitments.


Film
For film, he directed The Ploughman's Lunch (written by Ian McEwan) in 1982, which won the Evening Standard Award for Best Film, Iris, a biographical film of writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch (starring Judi Dench, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent), and Stage Beauty.

Most recently, he directed Notes on a Scandal, the film adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-nominated novel by Zoë Heller, and in 2008, The Other Man, an adaptation of a short story by Bernhard Schlink, starring Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas and Laura Linney.


Writing
Eyre has written adaptations of Hedda Gabler and of Sartre's Les Mains sales (Dirty Hands) as The Novice for the Almeida Theatre.

A friend of Ian Charleson, whom he directed in acclaimed performances of Guys and Dolls and Hamlet, Eyre contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute.

Best films

Atonement (2007)
(Executive producer)
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
(Director)
Iris (2001)
(Director)

Usually with

Tariq Anwar
Tariq Anwar
(2 films)
Paul Ritter
Paul Ritter
(2 films)
Romola Garai
Romola Garai
(2 films)
Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard Eyre (10 films)

Display filmography as list

Director

The Children Act, 1h45
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Jason Watkins, Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh, Anthony Calf
Rating66% 3.3456053.3456053.3456053.3456053.345605
Fiona Maye est juge aux affaires familiales à la Haute Cour de justice d’Angleterre et du pays de Galles. Accaparée par son métier, elle délaisse son mari, qui lui annonce qu'il va la tromper.
The Other Man, 1h28
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, Romola Garai, Pam Ferris, Paterson Joseph
Rating53% 2.699032.699032.699032.699032.69903
In Cambridge, Lisa (Linney) is a shoe designer, happily married for the last 25 years to Peter (Neeson), a software CEO. They have a daughter, Abigail (Romola Garai). Lisa frequently travels to Milan to do business with the Gianni & Gianni Company.
Notes on a Scandal, 1h32
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about education, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson, Juno Temple, Tom Georgeson
Rating73% 3.698833.698833.698833.698833.69883
Barbara Covett (Judi Dench) is a history teacher at a comprehensive school in London. A spinster nearing retirement, her comfort is her diary. When an art teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), joins the staff, Barbara is at first attracted to her. However, when she discovers that Sheba is having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, Steven Connolly (Andrew Simpson), she confronts her.
Stage Beauty, 1h50
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about television, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Mark Letheren, Rupert Everett, Zoë Tapper, Tom Wilkinson
Rating70% 3.54843.54843.54843.54843.5484
Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup) is one of the leading actors of his day, particularly famous for his portrayal of female characters, predominately Desdemona in Othello. His loyal dresser, Maria (Claire Danes), aspires to perform in the legitimate theatre but is forbidden because of a law enacted by the Puritans prior to the restoration of the House of Stuart. Instead, she appears in productions at a local tavern under the pseudonym Margaret Hughes. Her activity aided by the novelty of a woman acting in public, which attracts the attention of Sir Charles Sedley (Richard Griffiths), who offers his patronage. Eventually she is presented to King Charles II (Rupert Everett).
Iris
Iris (2001)
, 1h31
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton, Kris Marshall
Rating69% 3.497713.497713.497713.497713.49771
When the young Iris Murdoch (Kate Winslet) meets fellow student John Bayley (Hugh Bonneville) at the University of Oxford, he is a naive virgin easily flummoxed by her libertine spirit, arch personality, and obvious artistic talent. Decades later, little has changed and the couple keeps house, with John (Jim Broadbent) doting on his more famous wife (Judi Dench). When Iris begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, however, the devoted John struggles with hopelessness and frustration, and becomes her caretaker, as his wife's mind deteriorates from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
Tumbledown
Tumbledown (1988)

Directed by Richard Eyre
Genres Drama, War, Documentary
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Colin Firth, David Calder, Paul Rhys, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Sophie Thompson, Roddy Maude-Roxby
Rating73% 3.6731553.6731553.6731553.6731553.673155
The film centres on the experiences of Robert Lawrence MC (played by Colin Firth), an officer of the Scots Guards during the Falklands War of 1982. While fighting at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown, Lawrence is shot in the head by an Argentine sniper, and left paralysed on his left side. He then must learn to adjust to his new disability.
The Ploughman's Lunch, 1h47
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Jonathan Pryce, Tim Curry, Rosemary Harris, Frank Finlay, David de Keyser, Bill Paterson
Rating65% 3.290013.290013.290013.290013.29001
James Penfield (Pryce) is an ambitious London-based BBC radio reporter, from humble origins but Oxford-educated. He is commissioned to write a book on the Suez Crisis and undertakes this commission, claiming not to be a socialist, at the same time as the 1982 Falklands War is starting to dominate the British media.

Scriptwriter

The Other Man, 1h28
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, Romola Garai, Pam Ferris, Paterson Joseph
Rating53% 2.699032.699032.699032.699032.69903
In Cambridge, Lisa (Linney) is a shoe designer, happily married for the last 25 years to Peter (Neeson), a software CEO. They have a daughter, Abigail (Romola Garai). Lisa frequently travels to Milan to do business with the Gianni & Gianni Company.
Iris
Iris (2001)
, 1h31
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton, Kris Marshall
Rating69% 3.497713.497713.497713.497713.49771
When the young Iris Murdoch (Kate Winslet) meets fellow student John Bayley (Hugh Bonneville) at the University of Oxford, he is a naive virgin easily flummoxed by her libertine spirit, arch personality, and obvious artistic talent. Decades later, little has changed and the couple keeps house, with John (Jim Broadbent) doting on his more famous wife (Judi Dench). When Iris begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, however, the devoted John struggles with hopelessness and frustration, and becomes her caretaker, as his wife's mind deteriorates from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.

Producer

The Other Man, 1h28
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, Romola Garai, Pam Ferris, Paterson Joseph
Roles Executive Producer
Rating53% 2.699032.699032.699032.699032.69903
In Cambridge, Lisa (Linney) is a shoe designer, happily married for the last 25 years to Peter (Neeson), a software CEO. They have a daughter, Abigail (Romola Garai). Lisa frequently travels to Milan to do business with the Gianni & Gianni Company.
Atonement
Atonement (2007)
, 2h3
Directed by Joe Wright
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave, Juno Temple
Roles Executive producer
Rating77% 3.898893.898893.898893.898893.89889
In 1935, Briony Tallis is a 13-year-old girl from a wealthy English family and has just finished writing a play. Briony attempts to stage the play with her three visiting cousins, twin boys and their teenage sister, Lola; however, they get bored and decide to go swimming. Briony stays behind and witnesses a significant moment of sexual tension between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, a servant's son (a man that Briony has a childish infatuation with). Robbie returns home and writes several drafts of letters to Cecilia, including one that is explicitly sexual and erotically charged (specifically, it uses the word “massive pudenda”). Initially written for the sake of humour, he does not intend to send it and sets it aside. On his way to join the Tallis family for dinner, Robbie asks Briony to deliver his letter, only to later realise that he has mistakenly given her the prurient draft. Briony secretly reads the letter and is simultaneously disgusted and jealous. She tells Lola of its contents and they call Robbie a “sex maniac” while debating whether to turn him into the police. That afternoon, Lola and her younger brothers meet a friend of the Tallis family, a wealthy chocolate manufacturer named Paul Marshall. Though he is much older than her, he excites Lola by flirting with her and treating her like an adult.
Stage Beauty, 1h50
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about television, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Mark Letheren, Rupert Everett, Zoë Tapper, Tom Wilkinson
Roles Executive producer
Rating70% 3.54843.54843.54843.54843.5484
Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup) is one of the leading actors of his day, particularly famous for his portrayal of female characters, predominately Desdemona in Othello. His loyal dresser, Maria (Claire Danes), aspires to perform in the legitimate theatre but is forbidden because of a law enacted by the Puritans prior to the restoration of the House of Stuart. Instead, she appears in productions at a local tavern under the pseudonym Margaret Hughes. Her activity aided by the novelty of a woman acting in public, which attracts the attention of Sir Charles Sedley (Richard Griffiths), who offers his patronage. Eventually she is presented to King Charles II (Rupert Everett).