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Michael Barry

Movement director


English movement director Michael Barry made his Royal Opera debut on the 2012 revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Keith Warner, and returned in 2015 as choreographer for Welsh National Opera’s production of Peter Pan, also directed by Warner. He has since returned as movement director for Otello for The Royal Opera and The Merchant of Venice for WNO, both directed by Warner.

Barry trained at Warwick University and Central School of Speech and Drama. As a dancer and actor he toured extensively in plays and musicals. His credits as both a director and choreographer include Albert Herring, Le nozze di Figaro, The Fairy Queen, English Eccentrics, Psyche, The Magic Flute, The Cunning Little Vixen, Dido and Aeneas, Godspell, Merrily We Roll Along, West Side Story and Jekyll and Hyde (Birmingham Conservatoire), Tosca and Carmen (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), Dido and Aeneas and Joey Boy (MAC, Belfast), Sweeney Todd and L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Royal Northern College of Music), Noye’s Fludde, Tobias and the Angel, Savitri, The Wandering Scholar and Riders to the Sea (Buxton) and Cowardy Custard and Hot Mikado (Arden Drama School).

Barry’s work as a director includes the premieres of two plays by Michael Morpurgo, an award-winning one-man Hamlet (Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals) and La Voix humaine (Dijon).