Martin Duncan, Director

Born in London, Martin trained as a Stage Manager at LAMDA. He was an actor for 20 years, appearing on film, TV and theatres all over the UK. 

From 1994-1999, Martin was Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse where he directed works by Gogol, Brecht, Goldoni, Moliérè and Beckett. His productions toured to festivals in Romania, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland and Japan. 

From 2002-2005, Martin was Co-Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre. His productions there were: Cole Porter’s OUT OF THIS WORLD, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (TMA Award “Best Musical”), THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, I CAUGHT MY DEATH IN VENICE (by & with the Brothers Marquez) and Botho Strauss’ SEVEN DOORS.

As director:

MAN OF LA MANCHA (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Munich and Milan); THE BLACKS (Market Theatre, Johannesburg); THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin); THE BREASTS OF TIRESIAS, THE BALD PRIMA DONNA, MOZART AND SALIERI (Crucible Studio, Sheffield); SCHOOL FOR CLOWNS (Lilian Baylis Theatre, London); the Chromolume Sequence in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (National Theatre); Associate Director on The Pet Shop Boys' 1991 PERFORMANCE Tour. 

Martin directed and co-wrote the scenario of the world première of THE NUTCRACKER (Matthew Bourne / Opera North, Edinburgh International Festival).

As Director & Co-writer of The National Theatre of Brent:

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (Kilburn Tricycle, 1987 Edinburgh Festival and BBC Radio), THE FRENCH REVOLUTION (BBC TV), ALL THE WORLD'S A GLOBE (BBC Radio - Sony Radio Award Winner), THE WONDER OF SEX (National Theatre), LOVE UPON THE THRONE (Comedy Theatre), THE ARTS AND HOW THEY WAS DONE, THE MESSIAH, THE MONA LISA (Sony Radio Award Winner) (all BBC Radio). 

In 1990 he was invited by Opera North to direct his first opera production - a double-bill of L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE and GIANNI SCHICCHI. Subsequent opera productions include: XERXES, LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, The Rake's Progress, DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (Bavarian State Opera, Munich); THE LAST SUPPER (Berlin Staatsoper / Glyndebourne Festival); LA TRAVIATA (Vlaamse Opera); PAGLIACCI & CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall); THE THIEVING MAGPIE, IOLANTA (Opera North); ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD (Opera North / D'Oyly Carte); ALBERT HERRING (Canadian Opera Company, Toronto); THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES (Cologne Opera); THE MAGIC FLUTE (Scottish Opera / Royal Opera House); THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (English Touring Opera); DIE FLEDERMAUS and H.M.S. PINAFORE (D'Oyly Carte); ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Scottish Opera / Edinburgh International Festival); THE ORIGINAL CHINESE CONJUROR (Almeida Opera / Aldeburgh Festival); THE GONDOLIERS (English National Opera).

As writer/director:

KINO TATA (Rock Garden, London), CASUAL SENTENCE(S)... (Edinburgh Festival / Almeida Theatre), THE REVELS OF GARGANTUA IN EXILE PART II (Royal Court Upstairs / Hampstead Theatre), 4 MARYs (Second Stride), THE SMALL MOMENTS [In Life] (collaboration with Judith Weir - Royal Festival Hall); A COW. A MOOON. A FULL STOP (collaboration with Duncan MacAskill - NOW ninety7 Festival, Nottingham). And, with Ultz, THE AMUSING SPECTACLE OF CINDERELLA AND HER NAUGHTY-NAUGHTY SISTERS, A NIGHT IN OLD PEKING (Stratford East / Lyric Hammersmith), MERRIE PRANCKÉS (ICA.) and THE SERVANT OF 2 MASTERS (Cambridge Theatre Co / Nottingham Playhouse).

As composer:

Scores for over 50 productions including Edward Bond's BINGO (Royal Court), PERICLES (Stadtsteatern, Stockholm), THE LADY FROM THE SEA (Glasgow Citizens’), UNCLE VANYA, TOM JONES, THE WINTERS' TALE and the British première of THE PARK by Botho Strauss (Crucible Sheffield). He has written the libretti for and directed two short operas: THREE REALLY GOOD TEA PARTIES (Salisbury Festival) and WARNING BELLS (ENO Contemporary Studio).

As choreographer:

DIVINE GOSSIP (RSC - The Pit); the Theatre Sequence in BENVENUTO CELLINI (Netherlands Opera); MACBETT (RSC - Almeida); DON JUAN (Manchester Royal Exchange); the Masques for Nicholas Hytner's productions of EDWARD II (Manchester Royal Exchange) and THE TEMPEST (RSC).