Rupert Goold

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Rupert Goold
Born (1972-02-18) 18 February 1972 (age 49)
Highgate, England
Occupation Theatre director
Spouse(s) Kate Fleetwood (2001–present)

Rupert Goold (born 18 February 1972)[1] is an English theatre director. He is the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre.[2] Goold was the artistic director of Headlong Theatre Company (2005–2013).

Early years

Goold was born in Highgate, England (a suburb of North London). His father was a management consultant, and his mother was an author of children's books.[3] He attended the independent University College School,[4] graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1994 with a First in English literature and studied performance studies at New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He was trainee director at Donmar Warehouse for the 1995 season, and assisted on productions including 'Art' and Speed-the-Plow in the West End.[citation needed]


Goold was artistic director of the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton from 2000 to 2005. Prior to that, he was an associate at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1996–97. In addition to his work as a director he has co-authored three adaptations for the stage.

Goold directed Patrick Stewart (whom he had previously directed as Prospero, and later in Richard II) as Macbeth in his acclaimed Minerva Studio staging of Macbeth at the Chichester Festival Theatre in May 2007.[5] In September 2007 the production transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London, then the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York and then to the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. At the 2007 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Macbeth won two awards: Stewart won the Best Actor Award, while Goold won The Sydney Edwards Award for Best Director.[6] It also won Goold a 2008 Olivier Award for Best Director. He says he wasn't concerned with thoughts of a career anti-climax. "I came home to an empty house after the Olivier Awards, clutching my trophy for Best Director and I realised that I'd peaked. It was now going to be downhill all the way. But I still felt quite comfortable with the realisation that nothing could get better after this."[7] He later directed a 2010 BBC4 television film version of Macbeth using Soviet-era Russian-type uniforms and weapons.

In 2008 he directed the UK premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and a radical re-interpretation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author at the Chichester Festival which he co-authored with Ben Power. This production subsequently transferred to the West End and toured the UK and later Australia. In 2009 he directed a hugely acclaimed West End revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver!. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Goold recreated Sam Mendes' direction for the London Palladium production, which was nominated for three Olivier Awards.

In 2009, Goold directed a revival of Shakespeare's King Lear at the Young Vic. Goold set his "Lear" in Northern England during the 1970s, fascinated by the fact that during this decade, Britain was enduring the power of women. He approached the play with a drastically different view, and as a result this production received mixed reviews. In 2009 he again won Best Director at the Evening Standard Awards for ENRON.

Since 2010 Goold been an associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.[8]

His opera credits include productions at Batignano Opera Festival and Garsington.

Personal life

Goold is married to actress Kate Fleetwood.[9] The couple met while working together on a production of Romeo and Juliet. They have one son, Raphael, and a daughter, Constance.[3]

Stage productions


Film and television



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  2. Matt Trueman (8 February 2013). "Rupert Goold named as Almeida theatre's new artistic director". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Emma John (28 September 2008). "Going for Goold". The Observer. London. Retrieved 4 December 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Interview with Alan Franks". Retrieved 15 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Cavendish, Dominic (16 July 2007). "Shakespeare is coursing through me". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Winning performances on the West End stage". This Is 28 November 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Rupert Goold profile". Director magazine. Retrieved 30 June 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  10. John Thaxter (14 February 2007). "The Stage / Reviews / The Glass Menagerie". Retrieved 15 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical". BBC. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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