The Emperor and the Nightingale

by Neil Duffield, based on The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen

Showing 26 November - 14 January 2017 Previews 25 November 2016, 7.00pm

The Director

Ian Forrest

Ian Forrest


Ian was appointed Artistic Director of Theatre by the Lake in 1998 and has directed nearly 80 productions at the theatre.

As a freelance director he has worked extensively in regional repertory theatre, winning Best Director at the 1995 Manchester Evening News Awards for his production of Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! He directed the 1992 York Cycle of Mystery Plays and the John Wells/Carl Davis musical version of Alice in Wonderland at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Ian was theatre director at the Dukes, Lancaster from 1988–1990, where shows included The Play of Jennet, Salonika, Othello, The Price, and nine outdoor productions in Lancaster’s Williamson Park.

Productions for TBTL include: Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, The Hired Man, The Recruiting Officer, The History Boys, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Noises Off, Habeas Corpus, The Good Companions, Dick Barton: Special Agent, Private Lives, A Chorus of Disapproval, Sailor, Beware!, Loot, The Lady in the Van, What the Butler Saw, Hay Fever, Abigail’s Party, Mrs Warren’s Profession, All My Sons, Strangers on a Train, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Deep Blue Sea, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dry Rot, Great Expectations, She Stoops to Conquer, Fallen Angels, Two, Dead Funny, Under the Blue Sky, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Rivals and Watch It, Sailor!

This is Ian’s final year at Theatre by the Lake and he is leaving in December after directing The Emperor and the Nightingale.