a theatre by the lake and york theatre royal production, in association with ensemble


Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield

Showing Fri 4 – Sun 6 May

The Director

Damian Cruden

Damian Cruden


Damian has been Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal for the past 20 years. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama between 1982 and 1986.

He has directed many productions, including: Robin Hood: The Arrow Of Destiny, In God’s Own Country (Germany), Murder, Margaret & Me, Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Brideshead Revisited, In Fog and Falling Snow, The Railway Children, The Restoration of Nell Gwyn, Blithe Spirit, The Legend of King Arthur, The Guinea Pig Club, The York Mystery Plays 2012, Laurel and Hardy, Forty Years On, Peter Pan, My Family and Other Animals, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Wind in the Willows, Up the Duff, The Homecoming, The White Crow (Eichmann in Jerusalem); Death of a Salesman, Patient No. 1, Enjoy, Bouncers 2007 Remix, The Dumb Waiter, The Hare and the Tortoise (in York and Japan); Pygmalion, Broken Glass, East Is East, Hay Fever, Macbeth, A Cloud in Trousers, Brassed Off, Caitlin, A Taste of Honey, Habeas Corpus, Up‘n’Under, Frankenstein, Noises Off, Little Shop of Horrors, Othello, Closer, The Turn of the Screw, Bedevilled, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kafka’s Dick, Man of the Moment, Having a Ball, Romeo and Juliet, Getting On, The Three Musketeers, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, All My Sons, Piaf, Dead Funny, Educating Rita, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Neville’s Island, Multiplex, Abandonment and Private Lives. He has co-directed the last 20 York Theatre Royal pantomimes with Berwick Kaler.

Before York, Damian worked for various regional theatres as a freelance director. He was Associate Director for Hull Truck in the early ’90s and prior to that Co-Artistic Director of the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre. He worked for the Tron and TAG in Scotland and was a tutor for the Scottish Youth Theatre.