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Mike Loades


Mike Loades created the fight direction for Francesca Zambello’s 2006 production of Carmen, revived several times since and seen during the 2013/14 Season. He was fight director for the 2001 and 2009 revivals of Pier Luigi Pizzi’s 1984 production of I Capuleti e i Montecchi, among many other productions at the Royal Opera House.

As a military historian and historical weapons expert Loades has worked extensively in television. He hosted the series ‘Time Commanders’ for the BBC, ‘Weapons that Made Britain’ for Channel 4 and ‘Weapon Masters’ for Discovery Networks, and wrote and hosted the programme Going Medieval for H2. He has appeared as an expert in more than sixty documentaries and works regularly behind the scenes as a fight director for stage and screen. He has also directed several drama-documentaries, including The Plot to Kill Reagan, The Plot to Kill Jesse James and USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom for the History Channel and The Hunt for Lincoln’s Assassin for the National Geographic.

Loades’s books include The Longbow (Osprey Publishing, 2013) and Swords and Swordsmen (Pen and Sword, 2011). He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where he continues to write, while also directing for and appearing on television on both sides of the Atlantic.