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Name  Max Stafford-Clark
Siblings  Nigel Stafford-Clark
Children  Kitty Stafford-Clark
Spouse  Stella Feehily (m. 2010)
Role  Theatre Director

Max Stafford-Clark Bios Out of Joint
Books  Letters to George, Journal of the Plague Year, Our Country's Good: A Study-guide
Parents  David Stafford-Clark, Dorothy Oldfield Stewart
Similar People  Stella Feehily, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Caryl Churchill, Deborah Findlay, David Hare

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Maxwell Robert Guthrie Stewart ('Max') Stafford-Clark (born 17 March 1941) is an English theatre director.


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Life and career

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Stafford-Clark was educated at Felsted and Riverdale Country School in New York City. He has worked as a theatre director since he left Trinity College, Dublin. He was at Trinity at the same time as Terence Brady, Ralph Bates and Roger Ordish, who all went on to successful careers in acting and/or theatre production. He was also a near contemporary of the poet Michael Longley, whose work he read as a student.

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His directing career began as associate director of the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in 1966. He became artistic director there from 1968–70. He was director of the Traverse Theatre Workshop Company from 1970 to 1974.

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Stafford-Clark co-founded the Joint Stock Theatre Company in 1974. Joint Stock worked with writers using company research to inspire workshops. From these workshops, writers such as David Hare, Howard Brenton and Caryl Churchill would garner material to inspire a writing phase before rehearsals began. This methodology is sometimes referred to as The Joint Stock Method. Productions during this period included Hare's Fanshen (1975), Brenton's Epsom Downs and Churchill's Cloud Nine (1979) which Stafford-Clark directed, as well as The Speakers, which was the first promenade production in England.

From 1979 to 1993 he was Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre. He remains to date the Court's longest serving Artistic Director. In a difficult period for new writing, he helped nurture emerging playwrights such as Andrea Dunbar, Hanif Kureishi, Sarah Daniels and Jim Cartwright. His regular collaborators on his productions included the singer Ian Dury. During this time the theatre's productions included Victory by Howard Barker, The Arbor by Andrea Dunbar, Insignificance by Terry Johnson, Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Rat in the Skull by Ron Hutchinson. Perhaps the most important commission and production of this era was Top Girls by Caryl Churchill (1982).

He has also staged productions for Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Academic credits include an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and Professorships at the University of Warwick and the University of Hertfordshire.

Out of Joint

In 1993 he founded the Out of Joint touring company with producer Sonia Friedman. Recent productions include:

  • 2000 A State Affair by Robin Soans (Out of Joint/Soho Theatre)
  • 2000 Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar (Out of Joint/Soho Theatre)
  • 2001 Feelgood by Alistair Beaton (Out of Joint, Hampstead Theatre and the Garrick Theatre)
  • 2001 Sliding with Suzanne by Judy Upton (Out of Joint/The Royal Court)
  • 2002 Hinterland by Sebastian Barry (Out of Joint/The National Theatre)
  • 2002 A Laughing Matter by April De Angelis (Out of Joint/The National Theatre)
  • 2002 She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (Out of Joint/The National Theatre)
  • 2003 The Breath of Life by David Hare (Sydney Theatre Company)
  • 2003 Duck by Stella Feehily (Out of Joint/Royal Court)
  • 2003 The Permanent Way by David Hare (Out of Joint/The National Theatre)
  • 2004 Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Out of Joint)
  • 2005 Talking to Terrorists by Robin Soans (Out of Joint/Royal Court)
  • 2006 The Overwhelming by JT Rogers (Out of Joint/The National Theatre)
  • 2007 King of Hearts by Alistair Beaton (Out of Joint, Hampstead Theatre)
  • 2008 The Convicts Opera - Stephen Jeffreys - Based On The Beggars Opera
  • 2009 Dreams of Violence by Stella Feehily - (Out of Joint/Soho Theatre)
  • 2009 Mixed Up North by Robin Soans - (Out of Joint/Octagon Theatre Bolton)
  • 2010 Andersen's English by Sebastian Barry (Out of Joint/Hampstead Theatre
  • 2010 The Big Fellah by Richard Bean (Out of Joint/Lyric Hammersmith)
  • 2011 A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson adapted by Russell Barr, Ian Redford & Max Stafford-Clark from James Boswell.
  • 2011 Bang Bang Bang by Stella Feehily - (Out of Joint/Royal Court Theatre/ Octagon Theatre Bolton/ Salisbury Playhouse/ Leicester Curve)
  • 2011 Top Girls by Caryl Churchill - (Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre)
  • 2012 Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker - (Out of Joint)
  • 2014 This May Hurt A Bit by Stella Feehily
  • 2014 Pitcairn by Richard Bean
  • 2015 Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage by Robin Soans
  • Personal life

    Stafford-Clark married, first, Carole Hayman in 1971 and, after that marriage was dissolved, Ann Pennington in 1981. In 2006, Stafford-Clark suffered a stroke. He returned to work and directed the production of The Overwhelming on Broadway in October 2007, as well as continuing to direct for Out of Joint. In August 2010 he married his third wife, the playwright Stella Feehily. He has one daughter, Kitty Stafford-Clark, by his second marriage.


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