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HAL CHAMBERS
THEATRE DIRECTOR

'THE TALENTED HAL CHAMBERS' The Guardian

about

'Shakespeare for the OMG generation? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, when it’s as good as this’.' ​

★★★★★ 

The Times on Hal's Romeo & Juliet 

Video content: Around the World in 80 Days (Theatre by the Lake & Hull Truck) & Ragnarok (Eastern Angles) 

stage director

Hi, I'm Hal. I am an award-winning director based in Crystal Palace, south London.  I also have experience in producing, dramaturgy, facilitation and puppetry direction. 

 

I have a passion for making theatre with an epic swirl, powered by bold movement, a love of music and a tangible sense of spirit. My best work is made when working in a collaborative atmosphere. I am a positive, curious maker, 15 years in the game. I am passionate about making theatre that has a strong sense of place.

I grew up in High Wycombe, Bucks. I was a proud member of the Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre. My artistic soul was forged in the fires of Brighton, where I went to university and immersed myself in the city's vibrant scene. My career has taken me across this wonderful country and has led me to meet brilliant people along the way. I now live in Crystal Palace, South London. 

 

Over my career I have directed work around the UK, for the likes of Theatre by the Lake, Hull Truck, RADA, Rabble Theatre - Reading, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, York Theatre Royal, Eastern Angles, Polka Theatre and The Barn Theatre Cirencester. I spent two epic years working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

I recently directed AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, a co-production between Theatre by the Lake & Hull Truck in Spring 2023.

I am the proud Associate Director of RABBLE in Reading, with whom I directed HENRY THE FIRST OF ENGLAND by Beth Flintoff for in the Summer of  2023.  It was selected at one of five productions in The Telegraph's 2023 Theatre shows of the year. 

Oh, and my production of YIPPEE KI YAY by Richard Marsh has recently toured the US, America and Australia. It was featured in The New York Times. It recently won Best Comedy Performance at the London Pub Theatre Awards. 

Press for the show: ★★★★The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph, The Stage, The Scotsman, The Mail on Sunday 

education facilitator 

I am an experienced facilitator and feel the nurturing of new talent is incredibly important. I have made many years of working with young people at Shakespeare's Globe Education, Eton College, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School's Youth Company, Mountview and many others.

drama school director 

I have a passion for acting training and have led projects and directed shows for a number of leading drama schools across the UK. Credits include: Oxford School of Drama, RADA, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, ALRA, Year Out Drama Company, Identity School of Acting, Rose Bruford and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

puppetry director

I've been lucky enough to work extensively with puppetry elements in my productions. I enjoy working collaboratively with puppet designers and puppeteers. I have also led puppetry direction on musicals, stage plays and education workshops. 

I was the Artistic Director of critically-acclaimed touring puppetry company, Tucked In, for 14 years. 

Speakers
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Workshops

CV

training

 

University of Sussex

Directing Course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

National Theatre Studio Directing Course 09

cv 

current/upcoming

Yippee Ki Yay by Richard Marsh 
Director & Dramaturg
Seabright Productions / UK & US Tour (Further US & Canadian dates TBC for 2024) 
theatre credits: 
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Director 
Rose Bruford College
The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse
Director 
Rose Bruford College London Season 
Around the World in 80 Days by Laura Eason, adapted from Jules Verne
Director 
Theatre by the Lake & Hull Truck co-production
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in a version by Michael Wicherek 
Director 
Box Clever
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare in a version by Michael Wicherek
Director
Box Clever 
Love & Money by Dennis Kelly 
Director 
London Southbank University 
Henry I by Beth Flintoff 
Director 
RABBLE at Ready Abbey Ruins, Winchester Great Hall & Actor's Church, Covent Garden
* Selected in The Telegraph's Top 5 Shows of 2023
The Ballad of Maria Marten by Beth Flintoff 
Director 
Eastern Angles in association with Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough & Matthew Linley Creative Projects, Wilton's Music Hall and major UK Tour 
Sea Things by Hassan Abdulrazzak 
Director
Southwark Playhouse
Macbeth by William Shakespeare in a version by Michael Wicherek 
Associate Director 
Box Clever
Jekyll & Hyde in a version by Michael Wicherek 
Associate Director 
Box Clever
Flare Path by Terrence Rattigan 
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare 
Director
Drama Studio London 
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare 
Assistant Director to Phillip Breen 
Royal Shakespeare Company
'Tis Pity She's a Whore 
Director of Research & Development 
The Swan, Royal Shakespeare Company 
Michael Morpurgo's Shakespeare Tales 
Director 
Royal Shakespeare Company 
Tales for Winter Festival 
Assistant Director to Erica Whyman 
Royal Shakespeare Company 
Shakespeare's Snapshots (Outdoor Theatre Event)
Curator 
Royal Shakespeare Company 
13 by Mike Bartlett 
Director 
The Oxford School of Drama 
Hansel and Gretel Adapted by Anna Wheatley from Brothers Grimm
Director 
RABBLE Theatre / South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Macbeth by William Shakespeare 
Director 
RABBLE / Reading Minster Church (Site-Specific) 
Henry V by William Shakespeare
Director 
Barn Theatre Cirencester
The Bear Adapted from the book by Raymond Briggs by Pins and Needles 
Co-Director with Emma Earle
Pins and Needle / Polka Theatre, Extensive UK and World Tours 
Ruff Guide to Shakespeare by Toby Hulse
Director 
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School / Regional Tour / Edinburgh Fringe 
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Director
RADA / Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland 
Howl's Moving Castle adapted from Diane Wyn Jones' novel by Simon Harris 
Director of R&D
Wales Millennium Centre/Lucid/Theatre Clwyd
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass 
Director
Let Petit / Queen Elizabeth Hall @ Southbank Centre, UK Tour and West End 
 
A Christmas Carol Adapted by Anna Wheatley from Dickens
Director 
RABBLE Theatre / South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Henry II by Beth Flintoff
Director 
RABBLE / Reading Minster Church (Site-Specific) 
Knights of the Rose 
Puppetry Director 
Arts Theatre, West End 
Polstead by Beth Flintoff
Director 
Eastern Angles 
Electra adapted from Sophocles by Frank Mcguinness
Director
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Finding Victoria by Beth Flintoff
Director & Producer of Research & Development
Tucked In / Historic Royal Palaces 
Iris and the Land of Words by Zoe Lewis
Director of R&D
Winchester Theatre Royal
Matilda: The Empress by Beth Flintoff 
Director 
RABBLE / St James' Church, Reading (Site-Specific) 
Heaven and Earth: The Musical  
Puppetry Director 
R&D for Arena Tour 
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig
Director 
Eastern Angles / Tour 
Crack Cocaine verbatim play by Patrick Tolan
Director of R&D 
Streatham Space Project/Southwark Playhouse/Audacity
The Lights by Howard Korder 
Director 
Royal Court Theatre / Oxford School of Drama
The Merchant of Venice
Director 
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Henry the First of England by Beth Flintoff
Director 
RABBLE / St James' Church, Reading (Site-Specific)
Leaper: A Fish Tale by Hal Chambers, devised by Tucked In
Creator, Producer & Director 
Tucked In in association with Lyric Hammersmith / Greenpeace / UK Tour  
Romeo & Juliet By WiIliam Shakespeare
Director
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Vanity Fair Adapted by Declan Donnellan from the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray 
Director
Middle Temple Hall
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Director 
RABBLE / St James' Church, Reading (Site-Specific) 
Tommy Foggo: Superhero by Martin Riley, starring Matthew Sharp
Director 
Gulbenkian/UK Tour Autumn 
Richard II by William Shakespeare
Co-director with Jimmy Tucker
Shakespeare's Globe Higher Education 
Ratchet by Gareth Jandrell
Director
Soho Theatre/Oxford School of Drama
Prudence Tanner: Publicy Traded Person by Bea Roberts
Director of R&D 
Bush Theatre
Ragnarok by Charles Way
Director
Eastern Angles at the Hush House
Helver's Night By Ingmar Vilquist
Director 
Company of Angels/York Theatre Royal - WINNER OF YOUNG ANGELS AWARD 2014)
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare 
Internal Project Director
LAMDA
Tainted by Kat Lantaigne
Director of Rehearsed Reading
Vicky Graham Productions 
The Merchant of Venice By William Shakespeare
Internal Project Director
LAMDA 

Children of the Sun By Maxim Gorky

Director

Oxford School of Drama

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare 

Director 

RABBLE / Reading Minster Church (Site-Specific) / Greenwich Theatre 

Lobsters by Luke Barnes

Director

pilotLight/Natural Shocks - PEEP @ Latitude Festival

The Magical Playroom by Cerrie Burnell

Director

UK Tour 

Huis Clos by Jean Paul Satre

Assistant Director to Paul Hart 

Donmar Warehouse

Sam Rose in the Shadows by Hal Chambers, devised by Tucked In  

Creator, Producer & Director

Tucked In / Greenwich Theatre / UK Tour 

​The Sandman By ETA Hoffman, adapted by Hal Chambers

Writer & Director

Year Out Drama Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

Wild Honey By Anton Chekhov

Director

Director Oxford School of Drama

Romeo & Juliet By William Shakespeare, Adapted by Toby Hulse & Hal Chambers

Director 

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Tour/ Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour

Twelfth Night By Shakespeare 
Director 

RABBLE / Reading Minster Church (Site-Specific)

The Golden Cowpat by Hal Chambers & Robin Hemmings  

Producer and Director 

Tucked In and Greenwich Theatre co-production / UK Tour 

Tim and Light by Hal Chambers, devised by Tucked In  

Creator, Producer and Director 

Tucked In in association with Rich Mix / UK Tour

Three Sisters By Anton Chekhov

Director

Oxford School of Drama

Anna Karenina By Helen Edmundson / Tolstoy
Director 

The Oxford School of Drama

Robbie Wakes by Archie Cornish

Director, Producer & Puppetry Director

Edinburgh Fringe

Cymbeline By William Shakespeare

Director

Eton College

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Director

Eton College

The Caretaker by Harold Pinter

Assistant Director to Mark Babych 

Bolton Octagon 

Dare Me To The Desert By Michael Ross

Director 

King’s Head Theatre

The Elephant in the Room By Oliver Bevan

Director

New Wimbledon Theatre Studio

The Tale of Lady Stardust By Bea Roberts

Director

Edinburgh Fringe 

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Toby Hulse

Co-Director with Toby Hulse

Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal

The Fastest Clock in The Universe By Philip Ridely

Director

Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

Jackajack by Hal Chambers, devised by Tucked In  

Creator, Producer & Director 

Tucked In / NSDF / UK Tour

Radio By Al Smith

Director

Brighton Fringe

press

'An extraordinary adventure... a joyful production' 

​★★★★ 

The Guardian on Around the World in 80 Days 

 'Superbly directed...A revolutionary and ambitious production of Much Ado' 

​★★★★★ 

The Stage on Much Ado About Nothing 

 

'Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic....a sumptuous production'

​The Guardian on The Bear 

'Hal Chambers’s fleet-footed, verve-filled and lucid account of the play achieves an Agincourt-like victory’ 

★★★★ 

The Telegraph on Henry V 

'A lively, feminist take on historical true crime' 

★★★★  

The Times on The Ballad of Maria Marten 

‘The history books are re-written in this luminous, compassionate production. Unexpectedly joyous.’
★★★★  

The Guardian on The Ballad of Maria Marten 

“A glorious piece of folk theatre... a beautifully honed, all-female ensemble”

★★★★

The Telegraph on The Ballad of Maria Marten 

 'Shakespeare for the OMG generation? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, when it’s as good as this’.' 

​★★★★★ 

The Times on Romeo & Juliet 

'Intoxicating… I was as bewitched as was my four-year-old'

Simon Stephens, Playwright, on Tim & Light 

'Hal Chambers has a natural affinity for visual storytelling.'

The Scotsman 

'The talented Hal Chambers'

Lyn Gardner 

video content: 

The Ballad of Maria Marten (2020) 

Agenda

education facilitator 

I am an experienced drama facilitator and have worked all around the country with a young people between the ages of 3 - 21. 

I feels my work is equally as important as my professional work and I find young people very inspiring.

 

I have worked for numerous education companies, highlights include:



- Shakespeare's Globe Education (Lively Action Workshops, Southwark Projects, Young Actor's Summer School, International Workshops and Globe Youth Theatre)

- Bristol Old Theatre School  (The co-leader of the popular Summer Youth Company Programme for over 10 years)

- Royal Shakespeare Company (multiple workshops with education and events department, chaired post-show Q&A's, talks and discussion panels) 

- Box Clever (I am an Associate Director for this NPO funded company that tour work to teenage audiences across the country) 

- Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Director, Young Performer's Company)

- Director-in-Residence at Eton College in 2009-10 where he directed

Cymbeline, Lords of the Flies and new play, Robbie Wakes. As well as managing a football team I also ran regular workshops in New Writing, Shakespeare and Devised Theatre Also led the Chinese Summer Schools. 

video content: 

Shakespeare's Globe Youth Theatre 

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contact

agent: 

 

Kerry Hope-Kavanagh

Sally Hope Associates

kerry@sallyhope.biz

socials:

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video trailer:

Vanity Fair (2016) /// 

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