David Farr is both a writer and director and joined the RSC as an Associate Director in 2009.
In 2013 David will be directing Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. In 2012, he led an ensemble company on a project entitled ‘What Country Friends is This?’ for the World Shakespeare Festival. This trilogy of Shakespeare plays explores migration, exile and shipwreck in the Shakespearean imagination. David directed Twelfth Night and The Tempest. In 2011 he directed The Homecoming by Harold Pinter and collaborated with Filter Theatre on Silence, a devised piece which he directed at Hampstead Theatre. He has also directed two major Shakespeare productions with the long ensemble company, A Winter’s Tale and King Lear(2009/10).
Before joining the RSC David was Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith from June 2005 where he was Joint Chief Executive with Executive Director Jessica Hepburn.
David is beginning to write a new play, provisionally titled Clare Times Three, which takes as its inspiration the ideas of Sigmund Freud and how they have been used by governments and corporations to control and manipulate mass psychology from the early 20th century to today. The play will be an interweaving of three stories for different times and places that all revolve around a woman called Clare. The Adam Curtis series The Century of the Self has been a key stimulus in the development of the play. The play will be in the tradition of visual story-telling similar to Lepage, my own work with Filter, and Complicite.