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'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. 

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University of Sussex

Directing Course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

National Theatre Studio Directing Course 09



Yippee Ki Yay by Richard Marsh 
Director & Dramaturg
Seabright Productions / UK & US, Australian Tour (Further US & Canadian dates - 2024) 
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in a version by Michael Wicherek 
Box Clever - UK Tour
career highlights:
Around the World in 80 Days by Laura Eason, adapted from Jules Verne
Theatre by the Lake & Hull Truck co-production​
Henry I by Beth Flintoff 
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 
Eastern Angles in association with Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough & Matthew Linley Creative Projects. Wilton's Music Hall and major UK Tour 
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare 
Assistant Director to Phillip Breen 
Royal Shakespeare Company. Garden Theatre - Stratford, UK Tour & Barbican. 
*The RSC's first major production after Covid
Macbeth by William Shakespeare 
RABBLE / Reading Minster Church (Site-Specific) 
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig
Eastern Angles / Tour 
Henry V by William Shakespeare
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 
Ragnarok by Charles Way
Eastern Angles at the Hush House​
Leaper: A Fish Tale by Hal Chambers, devised by Tucked In
Creator, Producer & Director 
Tucked In in association with Lyric Hammersmith / Greenpeace / UK Tour  
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
RADA / Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland 
Matilda: The Empress by Beth Flintoff 
RABBLE / St James' Church, Reading (Site-Specific) 
Helver's Night By Ingmar Vilquist
Company of Angels/York Theatre Royal
Finding Victoria by Beth Flintoff
Creator, Director & Producer
Tucked In / Historic Royal Palaces 
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass 
Let Petit / Queen Elizabeth Hall @ Southbank Centre, UK Tour and West End 

Huis Clos by Jean Paul Satre

Assistant Director to Paul Hart 

Donmar Warehouse


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'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) 


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 Schools, International Workshops, Globe Youth Theatre, New Zealand Young Company, Jeremy Lemmon Project)

- 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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Kerry Hope-Kavanagh

Sally Hope Associates


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