Jonathan Holloway (Scroll down for full CV or return to Homepage)

"Jonathan Holloway: solid art extract" - The Sunday Times Magazine on Death in Venice

"Holloway has developed a very idiosyncratic theatrical language which is very effective... gritty, violent and bleak, and set in a world that most of us will (thankfully) never know" - The British Theatre Guide on Get Carter

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Summary: Jonathan is best known as founder and Artistic Director of Red Shift Theatre Company which toured throughout the UK and beyond from 1982 - 2011, and was subsidised by Arts Council England from 1986. His work as a director, writer and teacher has been seen and heard all over the world. He has directed events ranging from touring circus to pocket musicals to landmark reinventions of the classics; run companies and venues; written over 50 professionally produced plays; collaborated with some of the most important writers, designers and composers in British theatre. His writing is frequently revived by other directors here and abroad, and has been translated into Norwegian, Spanish and Cantonese.  Jonathan has contributed a huge body of work to BBC Radio 3 & 4, the world's most prolific broadcasting outlet for quality drama. Jonathan's work as a writer and director has won numerous awards including a First Prize at the 2013 Prix Italia, three consecutive Scotsman Fringe First Awards, the Shakespeare Prize and Best Actor Award at Chile's World Festival of Theatre, The Stage's Edinburgh Festival Best Actor Award and a Best Actor nomination for Jo Millson at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2014.

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2014: Following a 2013 Prix Italia First Prize for his BBC adaptation of Orwell's NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR Jonathan is adapting Samuel Johnson's RASSELAS for Radio 4 and Philip K Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP (the book which became the movie BLADE RUNNER), also for the BBC. In January BBC Radio 4 Extra re-broadcast Jonathan's adaptation of Vita Sackville-West's ALL PASSIONS SPENT and he has directed his own stage version of LES MISERABLES (pub Samuel French) with graduating students of Guildford School of Acting. He has been asked to write and direct two new productions for Hong Kong's Chung Ying Theatre Company to be staged in 2015 and 2016. These will be a revised and expanded version of his JEKYLL & HYDE and a vigorous new adaptation of A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Alongside this Jonathan continues his collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London, with whom he is creating an open access on-line archive of Red Shift Theatre Company's thirty years at the leading edge of UK theatre making.

2013: Jonathan's new take on JEKYLL & HYDE previewed in St Albans before being performed at Assembly's Roxy at the Edinburgh Fringe where it won a tranche of four and five star reviews (**** ‘Creepily melodramatic and beautifully realised’ – The Times; ***** ‘Bound to win awards… It comes highly recommended’ – British Theatre Guide) before transferring to London's Southwark Playhouse. In October Jonathan joined new independent producer Contextual Theatre to direct Yazmina Raza's GOD OF CARNAGE. Earlier in 2013 Jonathan co-authored 'The Real George Orwell' season for the BBC inc the first radio adaptation of NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR ("Holloway's script is not a typical adaptation. This is a menacing, violent satire that encapsulates the horror of Orwell's writing like no other reworking I have encountered" - The Independent, "gripping... fully captures Orwell's vision" - Sunday Times), and two original plays THE REAL GEORGE ORWELL - LOVING and THE REAL GEORGE ORWELL - JURA. His personal blog can be found on the BBC website. He has adapted the innovative verse novel THE EMPEROR'S BABE by Bernardine Evaristo for BBC Bristol. BBC Radio 4 Extra has re-broadcast Jonathan's 10 hour serialisation of CP Snow's eleven novels collectively known as STRANGERS AND BROTHERS [see BBC iPlayer]. In May Hong Kong's Chung Ying Theatre Company again revived Jonathan's dramatic stage adaptation of LES MISERABLES. Jonathan directed his own three hand version of WOYZECK with students from Peter Hall's Kingston University Classical Theatre MA at The Rose Theatre.

Writing (examples of past work):: In 2011 Jonathan conceived, wrote and directed Red Shift's innovative crowd-embedded INVISIBLE SHOW II using wireless audio technology for the Latitude and Edinburgh Festivals in co-production with Pleasance Theatre ("Five stars are not enough for this polished, multifaceted, flawless, 24-carat rose diamond of a show" - WhatsOnStage.com). His OLD SPIES (BBC Radio 4) imagined former GCHQ employees on the threshold of dementia. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (review) was adapted for BBC Radio 3. GET CARTER (review) was revived by SP Productions for London's Courtyard Theatre and the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals. Originally created for Connaught Productions, Jonathan's version of the Camoletti (of Boeing Boeing fame) farce CHANGING ROOMS ("the English version by Jonathan Holloway is cannily written and full of snappy one-liners" - Western Mail review) was revived for commercial touring by Ian Dickens Productions. Brighton based Revera Productions premiered JEKYLL & HYDE ("Opium dens, cholera epidemics and murder… an abyss of unimaginable terror" - FilmNews.co.uk) at Hoxton's Courtyard Theatre, London, before it went on to successes in Edinburgh and at Southwark Playhouse. Jonathan's original site-sensitive THE FALL OF MAN (review) premiered in Edinburgh in 2009 and was later was revived by The Right Brain Project in Chicago. Jonathan directed his stage version of Malory's MORTE D'ARTHUR entitled THE QUEST at the Rose Theatre Studio, and his version of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY at the Ivy Arts Centre for GSA/Surrey University prior to publication by Samuel French. Scripts for Red Shift include THE DOUBLE, IN THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST (Edinburgh Fringe First, 1987), THE HAMMER (also recorded for BBC Radio 3), DEATH IN VENICE, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (also produced in Chile), LES MISERABLES (review) (pub. Samuel French), THE ASPERN PAPERS (review), NOSFERATU THE VISITOR, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (review), THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY, the first stage versions of MORT D'ARTHUR, THE THIRD MAN, GET CARTER (review) (review) (review) (recently revived London, Sydney, Edinburgh) and VERTIGO (review) (review) - subsequently revived by Nottingham Playhouse and Oxfordshire Theatre Company. Jonathan's freelance theatre writing includes DARKNESS FALLS (review) (pub. Samuel French) for the Palace Theatre Watford, BECAUSE IT'S THERE (2000), ANGELS AMONG THE TREES (review) (2004) and A SENSIBLE WORLD (2005), all for Nottingham Playhouse. His writing for BBC Radio Drama includes fifteen episodes of the original daily serial POSTCARDS, a five episode series celebrating the cult TV show THE MAN FROM UNCLE, original ghosts stories and hard-boiled American-set thrillers, adaptations include stories by George Eliot, Willa Cather, Walter de la Mare, Heinrich Boll, Leo Tolstoy, Vita Sackville-West and Charlotte Bronte. The unusual range of his work in broadcasting embraces dramatisations of the entirety of C P Snow's eleven novel cycle STRANGERS AND BROTHERS, Christiaan Barnard's first successful human heart transplant, Evelyn Waugh's THE LOVED ONE, Andrew Motion's THE INVENTION OF DR CAKE, Olivia Manning's LEVANT TRILOGY and Goethe's FAUST.

Directing (examples of past work): Recent work includes the NJ Crisp thriller DANGEROUS OBSESSION and the classic farce CHARLEY'S AUNT for Edward Max's Connaught Productions at Frinton Summer Festival Theatre. Directed his own play THE QUEST (the Rose Theatre Kingston with students from the resident MA Classical Theatre course) and his own adpatations of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY and LES MISERABLES at The Ivy Arts Centre Surrey University with graduating students of GSA. Jonathan has worked across an unusually broad range of theatre-making from the innovative end of UK practice to commercial main stage production. His dynamic theatre-making is best summed up in four of Red Shift's keynote productions; a MORT D'ARTHUR which employed the first thorough-going integration of Capoeira (accompanied by Afro Brazilian music) seen on the professional stage in this country; a new translation, commissioned from Neil Bartlett, of Moliere's LE MISANTHROPE which employed the archaic Alexandrine verse form in a sumptuous version that delighted audiences here and abroad; Greg Cullen's original commissioned drama FRIDA AND DIEGO which drew on imagery from Kahlo's pictures to explore her tempestuous life; a modern brutalist rendition of the First Quarto Hamlet entitled HAMLET:FIRST CUT (review), played in Wayne Hemingway's Red or Dead clothes against a thunderous contemporary rock score. Jonathan founded Red Shift in 1982. Under his leadership it grew from a shoestring operation to become an Arts Council RFO and a linchpin of UK national touring provision. He has directed all but one of the company's nearly sixty shows. Freelance directing has included THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD in Ireland, LE MISANTHROPE in Boston USA and writing/co-directing GIFFORD'S CIRCUS. His work has toured to hundreds of theatres in the British Isles and traveled to North America, South America, the Near and Far East.

Other: Recently re-elected to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Participant Council. Contributes to various undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, and guest directs at universities and drama schools. Was for two years Associate Artist at Kingston University. Has travelled to Chile to lead EU sponsored workshops, was an elected member of the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Advisory Panel of the National Campaign for the Arts, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2005 he was made an Honorary Fellow of St Mary's University College, London. He and Red Shift were resident at Central School of Speech and Drama's Centre for Excellence in Theatre Training, 2009-2011. Jonathan is regularly invited to talk about his work at conferences, universities and colleges, and has also travelled to America, S America and the Far East to do so. Broadcasting includes guest appearances on BBC Radio 4's A Good Read and sharing the bill with artist Grayson Perry on a feature about the Arthur Mee Children's Encyclopaedia.

Full CV for Jonathan Holloway

Writing (Commissioned, Produced And Published Original Plays and Adaptations):
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP BBC Radio 4, 2014
RASSELAS BBC Radio 4, 2014
JEKYLL & HYDE Assembly Edinburgh/ Southwark Playhouse, 2013
THE EMPEROR'S BABE BBC R4, 2013
LES MISERABLES Chung Ying Theatre Co, Hong Kong, 2013
THE REAL GEORGE ORWELL - LOVING BBC R4, 2013
THE REAL GEORGE ORWELL - JURA BBC R4, 2013
NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR BBC R4, 2013
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY GSA/Surrey University 2012
THE RAILWAY SIDING Questors Theatre Ealing 2012
FORTUNES OF WAR BBC Radio 4 Extra 2012
THE QUEST Rose Theatre Kingston (Kingston University) 2012
THE INVISIBLE SHOW II Latitude Festival/Edinburgh Fringe 2011
WUTHERING HEIGHTS BBC Radio 3 2011
THE SHROUDING OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Connaught Productions/Frinton Summer Theatre 2011
THE OLD SPIES BBC Radio 4 2011
GET CARTER Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes and Courtyard London 2011
THE KANE CONSPIRACY BBC Radio 4, 2010
CHANGING ROOMS Frinton Summer Theatre, 2010
THE INVISIBLE SHOW Red Shift, Latitude Festival & Westival, 2010
THE FALL OF MAN Red Shift Theatre Co Edinburgh & London 2009
THE RAILWAY SIDING BBC Radio 4 2009
REP BBC Radio 4 2009
THE QUEST BBC Radio 4 serial 2009
ALL PASSION SPENT BBC Radio 4 serial 2009
VERTIGO (revised) Nottingham Playhouse 2008
A NIGHT WITH JOHNNY STOMPANATO BBC Radio 4 2008
CARAVAN (script and artistic associate) Giffords Circus 2008
THE LEVANT TRILOGY BBC Radio 4 2008
FAUST (dark farce reworking) BBC Radio 4 serial 2008
THE INVENTION OF DR CAKE BBC Radio4 2007
THE LOVED ONE BBC Radio4 2007
VERTIGO Red Shift Theatre Co 2006
MASTER AND MAN BBC Radio4 2006
GET CARTER Red Shift Theatre Co 2005
FAMILY COVER BBC Radio4 2005
THE THIRD MAN Red Shift Theatre Co 2004
OLD WORLD BBC Radio4 2004
MORT D'ARTHUR Red Shift Theatre Co 2003
NO CONFERRING BBC Radio4 2003
FIRST HUMAN HEART TRANSPLANT BBC Radio4 2003
ANGELS AMONG THE TREES Nottingham Playhouse 2002
STRANGERS AND BROTHERS BBC Radio 4 (10 x 1hr eps) 2002/2003
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY Red Shift Theatre Co 2001
THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY Red Shift Theatre Co 2001
THE FLANDERS PANEL BBC Radio4 2001
BECAUSE IT'S THERE Nottingham Playhouse 2000
NAPLES 44 BBC Radio 4 2000
NOSFERATU THE VISITOR Red Shift Theatre Co 2000
MURKE'S COLLECTED SILENCES BBC Radio4 2000
THE SURPRISE SUMMER BBC Radio4 serial 1999
NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T BBC Radio4 serial 1999
KISS AND KIN BBC Radio4 1999
THE MONKEY'S PAW/ THE DARK Palace Theatre Watford 1999 (pub S French)
THE FALL BBC Radio4 serial 1998
MR LOVEDAY'S LITTLE OUTING BBC Radio4 1998
SPRING TIDE BBC Radio4 serial 1998
THE BILL: COMING UP FOR AIR Thames TV 1998
THE ASPERN PAPERS Red Shift Theatre Co 1998
THE AFFAIR AT GROVER STATION BBC Radio4 1997
LES MISERABLES Red Shift Theatre Co 1997 (pub S French)
THE LIFTED VEIL BBC Radio4 1997
SEATON'S AUNT BBC Radio4 1996
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Red Shift Theatre Co 1994
DEATH IN VENICE Red Shift Theatre Co 1993
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Red Shift/Microsoft Corporation
THE HAMMER RS/BBC R3/Essential Music 1991/1993
THE MACBETH PROJECT Site specific Edinburgh, Sponsor Fisons, 1990
THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING Academy of Live and Recorded Arts
THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST (Ed Fest Fringe First Award) Red Shift Theatre Co 1987
THE DOUBLE Red Shift Theatre Co 1986
ECLIPSED Red Shadow Films (short feature) 1985
1984 (1st authorised stage version) Surrey University/SE Arts
THE FATED East End Theatre Group

Education: COURSE TUTOR MA THEATRE DIRECTING St Mary's University College 2009. LEADER OF MA/MFA THEATRE DIRECTION PROGRAMME and LEADER WAYS OF DIRECTING BA UNIT Royal Holloway College, University of London 2008-2009. VISITING LECTURER BA UNITS WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE and THEATRE DIRECTION Middlesex University 2007, HEAD OF PERFORMING ARTS Middlesex University 2007 - 2008. VISITING LECTURER UNIVERISITIES AND COLLEGES OF ART 1990 onwards inc - Wimbledon, Central, Bristol, Kent, Westminster. HEAD OF SECTION, PERFORMING ARTS Brooklands County College, Weybridge, Surrey 1979 - 1989.

 

 

Direction (Theatre, Broadcasting and Higher Education):
LES MISEABLES GSA/Surrey University, 2014
THE GOD OF CARNAGE Contexture Productions, 2013
WOYZECK Rose Theatre Kingston (Kingston University, 2013)
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY GSA/Surrey University 2012
CHARLEY'S AUNT Connaught Productions/Frinton Summer Theatre 2012
THE QUEST Rose Theatre Kingston (Kingston University, 2012)
THE INVISIBLE SHOW II Red Shift, Latitude and Edinburgh Festivals, 2011
DANGEROUS OBSESSION Connaught Productions at Frinton Summer Theatre 2011
NOSFERATU THE VISITOR E15 Acting School, 2010
CHANGING ROOMS Frinton Summer Theatre 2010
THE INVISIBLE SHOW Red Shift at The Latitude Festival and Westival, 2010
THE FALL OF MAN Red Shift Theatre Company, London & Edinburgh 2009, revived 2010
LULU E15 Acting School, Essex University 2008
THE DECORATOR Frinton Summer Festival Theatre 2008
HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES Frinton Summer Festival Theatre 2008
CARAVAN Giffords Circus 2008 (Artistic Associate)
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2007 -2008
ANIMAL FARM Middlesex University 2008
GASLIGHT Frinton Summer Festival Theatre 2007
VERTIGO Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2006 - 2007
GET CARTER Red Shift touring and Ed Fest 2005-2006
THE THIRD MAN Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2004 - 2005
BARTLEBY (revival) Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2003
THE MORT D' ARTHUR Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2002
THE LOVE CHILD Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2002
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2001 - 2002
NOSFERATU THE VISITOR Red Shift Theatre Co touring 2000
FIRST QUARTO HAMLET Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1999 - 2000
POOR MRS PEPYS Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1998
ASPERN PAPERS Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1998
LES MISERABLES Red Shift touring and Ed Fest 1997
NOISES OFF Brewhouse Theatre Productions 1996
BARTLEBY (festival prize) Red Shift touring and Ed Fest 1996
HANSEL AND GRETEL Lyric Theatre Hammersmith 1995
RED PRINCESS Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1995
GEORGE DANDIN Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1995
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1994
LE MISANTHROPE New Rep Boston USA 1994
DEATH IN VENICE Red Shift touring and Ed Fest 1994
MACBETH (revival) Hong Kong Arts Centre 1993
MACBETH (revival) (festival prize) World Theatre Fest Santiago Chile 1993
THE HAMMER BBC Radio 3/Essential Music 1993
MACBETH Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1993
A CHRISTMAS CAROL The Microsoft Corporation 1992
ORLANDO Red Shift touring and Ed Fest 1992
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH (revival) Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1992
THE MACBETH PROJECT Red Shift site-specific Edinburgh 1991
THE HAMMER Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1991
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL Red Shift/Northern Stage touring 1991
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH Red Shift/Nottinghamshire Stages 1990
PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD Lyric Theatre Belfast 1990
THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING ALRA 1990
LULU Red Shift/BAC Ed Fest and touring 1990
LOOT CSSD Embassy Theatre 1990
ROAD Red Shift YPT Ed Fest and RNT 1989
FRIDA AND DIEGO (Ed fringe first) RS/Warehouse Ed Fest and touring 1989
TIMON OF ATHENS (time out award) RS/Warehouse Ed Fest and touring 1988
LE MISANTHROPE (Ed fringe first) Red Shift/Warehouse Croydon
COWBOYS Red Shift Ed Fest and touring 1988
THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST (fringe first) RS/Warehouse Ed Fest and touring 1987
THE MILL ON THE FLOSS Red Shift Ed Fest and touring 1987
SPRING AWAKENING Red Shift YPT Ed Fest and London 1987
THE DOUBLE Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1986
THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN Red Shift YPT Ed Fest 1986
ROMEO AND JULIET Red Shift Ed Fest & touring 1985 - 1986
ECLIPSED Red Shadow Films (cinemas & TV) 1985
SPRING AWAKENING Bridge Lane Theatre London 1986
BROKEN ENGLISH Red Shift Ed Fest and touring 1984
X EQUALS MURDER Red Shift Ed Fest and touring 1984
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (II) Red Shift Ed Fest and touring 1984
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1983
THE MASK Red Shift Theatre Co touring 1983
FEARS AND MISERIES... THIRD REICH Elephant Theatre London 1983
PLANET X East End TG/Old Red Lion 1982
THE FATED East End Theatre Group 1981
NO PASARAN (festival prize) National Students Drama Festival 1989
SECRET IDENTITIES East End TG Chats Palace 1980
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY Free Form Arts Trust Ltd 1978
COCKS AND HENS Warehouse Theatre Croydon 1978
BAD DREAM IN AN OLD HOTEL Theatre Upstairs Royal Court 1977
THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN Assist Dir Royal Court Theatre 1977

Other: Lighting Designer 1976-Present, clients inc Royal Court Theatre, Royal Court Young Peoples Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, National Student Drama Festival, Free Form Arts Trust, Chat's Palace, Cochrane Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre, Red Shift Theatre Company, The Gate Theatre. Film and Video Maker working with disadvantaged young people in urban and secure settings.

Nicholas Nickleby:
"Jonathan Holloway's brilliant production makes such sense… this brilliant tribute to a great novelist who was also a mighty campaigner for social compassion." -
The Scotsman

Vertigo:
"taut and wonderfully atmospheric" -
The Guardian. Critic's Choice - The Independent. Critic's Choice - Time Out. "Visual genius and superb staging... a classic triumph, a superbly adapted masterpiece and a must-see theatre production" - BBC Radio 4

The Loved One:
"Jonathan Holloway's adaptation glistened from the off and I was sorry when it ended" -
The Guardian. "Bliss…*****" - The Financial Times. "a splendid production… outstanding" - The Daily Telegraph

Guardian interview with James Purefoy, lead in the HBO series 'Rome': "He showed me a lot that I still carry with me today; he was my big inspiration" - The Guardian

Get Carter:
"Holloway keeps it moving at such a lick that the emotional outlines emerge stark and clear, and as graphic as a streak of blood on a breezeblock wall." -
The Scotsman