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Jamie Lloyd

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12 November 1980 (age 43) (
Poole, England, UK

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

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Jamie Lloyd (born 1980) is a British director, best known for his work with his eponymous theatre company (The Jamie Lloyd Company).


He has been credited with drawing new people to the theatre and introducing plays to a wholly diverse audience. He is a proponent of affordable theatre for young and diverse audiences, and has been praised as "redefining West End theatre". The Daily Telegraph critic Dominic Cavendish wrote of Lloyd, "Few directors have Lloyd’s ability to transport us to the upper echelons of theatrical pleasure."

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Early career

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Lloyd's first main house production was Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Sheffield Crucible, which started a fruitful relationship with the playwright. Lloyd has been heralded as a major Pinter interpreter and later in his career, he directed Pinter's The Hothouse and The Homecoming.

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He directed a Pinter double-bill in the West End - The Lover and The Collection - in 2008 before Michael Grandage appointed him as an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse.

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Lloyd was the Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse from 2008 to 2011, where his 2010 production of Passion won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. He was also an Associate Artist at theatre company Headlong. for whom he directed an anarchic production of Oscar Wilde's Salome

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In 2008 he directed The Pride at the Royal Court, for which he won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. Seen as a 'wunderkind of London theatre', he was named a Rising Star by the Daily Telegraph in 2009.

Trafalgar Transformed

In 2013, the Jamie Lloyd Company was launched with the Ambassador Theatre Group. With this company, he presented a season of work in 2013 as Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed at Trafalgar Studios. The auditorium was reconfigured to accommodate the season, including raising the stage by over two metres.

The first season featured three productions: a revival of The Pride (which also went on a short UK tour), The Hothouse starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm, and Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, which received an Olivier nomination for Best Revival. A second season opened in July 2014 with Richard III, East is East, and The Ruling Class.

Lloyd has worked frequently with McAvoy since 2009, a relationship that began with a production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre. Most recently, McAvoy starred in a radio version of Heart of Darkness, which Lloyd directed and adapted for BBC Radio 4.

In 2014, Lloyd was named the 20th Most Powerful Person in British Theatre by The Stage in its annual Stage 100 list. He was the youngest director to break into the list since Sam Mendes.

The Jamie Lloyd Company

In 2015, Lloyd directed Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. The following year he directed a new adaptation of The Maids by Jean Genet, starring Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton, and Laura Carmichael, both at Trafalgar Studios. This was followed by a controversial production of Doctor Faustus in the Duke of York’s Theatre starring Kit Harington and Jenna Russell. Every ticket for Monday performances of The Jamie Lloyd Company are priced at £15.

Other work

Lloyd has had successes ranging from classical plays to modern musicals. In 2012 Lloyd directed a critically acclaimed, 'turbo-charged' production of She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre, and The Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic starring Eve Best. In 2013 he directed The Commitments in the Palace Theatre, West End (which then went on a UK Tour), followed by Urinetown at the St. James Theatre, which transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End. Lloyd directed the musical Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2014 and was nominated for the Evening Standard award for Best Director.

Personal life

Vegan and teetotal, Lloyd lives in Hastings, East Sussex, with his wife, former actress Suzie Toase and his three sons.

Jamie Lloyd Company

  • 2016: Doctor Faustus (Duke of York's Theatre)
  • 2016: The Maids (Trafalgar Studios)
  • 2016: The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios)
  • 2015: The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios)
  • 2014: Richard III (Trafalgar Studios)
  • 2013: The Pride (Trafalgar Studios)
  • 2013: The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios)
  • 2013: Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios - Olivier nominated Best Revival)
  • Donmar Warehouse

  • 2011: Inadmissible Evidence
  • 2011: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • 2010: Polar Bears by Mark Haddon
  • 2010: Passion (Olivier nomination Best Musical Revival, Evening Standard Award Best Musical)
  • 2010: Company (concert version)
  • 2009: Staged Readings of A House Not Meant to Stand and The Cocktail Party
  • 2008: Piaf (also Vaudeville, Teatro Liceo, Buenos Aires and Nuevo Teatro Alcala, Madrid – Olivier nomination for Best Musical Revival and, in Argentina, ADEET Award for Best Production and Clarin Award for Best Musical Production)
  • Other work

  • 2017: Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Josef (Bush Theatre)
  • 2017: Killer by Philip Ridley (Shoreditch Town Hall)
  • 2017: The Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley at Shoreditch Town Hall
  • 2016: Doctor Faustus (Duke of York's Theatre)
  • 2014 Assassins (London - Evening Standard nominated for Best Director)
  • 2014: Urinetown (London)
  • 2013: The Commitments (West End)
  • 2012: Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout, Broadway)
  • 2012: The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal, Bath)
  • 2012: The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic)
  • 2012: She Stoops To Conquer (National Theatre, Olivier)
  • 2011: The Faith Machine (Royal Court)
  • 2010: Salome (Hampstead Theatre, for Headlong)
  • 2010: The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick)
  • 2009: Three Days of Rain (Apollo – Olivier nomination for Best Revival, Whatsonstage Awards nomination for Best Revival)
  • 2008: The Pride (Royal Court – Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement)
  • 2008: Eric's (Liverpool Everyman)
  • 2008: The Lover and The Collection (Comedy)
  • 2007: The Caretaker (Sheffield Crucible and Tricycle)
  • 2004: Elegies: a Song Cycle (Arts)
  • 2001: Falsettoland (Edinburgh)
  • Honours, Appointments, Awards and nominations

  • 2010 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical - Passion (Donmar Warehouse)
  • 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre - The Pride (Royal Court)
  • Nominations
  • 2015 Evening Standard Award for Best Director - Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory
  • 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival - Macbeth (Trafalgar Transformed, Trafalgar Studios)
  • 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival - Passion (Donmar Warehouse)
  • 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival - Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre)
  • 2009 Whatsonstage Award for Best Revival - Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre)
  • 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival - Piaf (Donmar Warehouse)
  • References

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