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Richard Eyre

Biography

In the 2013/14 Season Richard Eyre's production of La traviata for The Royal Opera’s returns for its ninth revival.

Eyre was educated at Sherborne School, Dorset, and the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. He began his working life as an actor. After directing a successful play at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, he subsequently focussed on direction. Eyre was associate director at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, and ran the Nottingham Playhouse before being appointed Director of the National Theatre, a role he held 1988–97. NT productions of that period included Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, Hamlet, Richard III, The Night of the Iguana, Skylight, King Lear and The Invention of Love.

Eyres’s theatre work has included further productions for the NT, and West End and Broadway productions including Mary Poppins, Private Lives and Betty Blue Eyes. In opera he has directed Le nozze di Figaro (Aix-en-Provence Festival) and Carmen (Metropolitan Opera, New York). Film work includes Iris and Notes on a Scandal, and he has directed and produced for television. He has written adaptations of Hedda Gabler and Les Mains sales for the Almeida Theatre. His four books include National Service (a journal of his time at the NT) and Talking Theatre. Eyre has been the recipient of numerous accolades including five Oliver awards, a CBE (1992) and a knighthood (1997).

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News and features

How to Stage an Opera: tradition and transformation in La traviata

How to Stage an Opera: tradition and transformation in La traviata

15 May 2014

Richard Eyre's production may look traditional, but its exaggerated theatricality invites a closer look.

Listen: Diana Damrau - 'People say you need three sopranos to sing one La traviata'

Listen: Diana Damrau - 'People say you need three sopranos to sing one La traviata'

15 April 2014

The star of La traviata tells BBC Radio 3's In Tune about the production, and her changing voice.

Opera Essentials: La traviata

Opera Essentials: La traviata

14 April 2014

A quick guide to Verdi's heartbreaking tragedy.

Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

10 March 2014

Les Vêpres Siciliennes, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Wind in the Willows and Arthur Pita also among those nominated.

Spring Season 2013/14

Spring Season 2013/14

10 April 2013

Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.

Top films featuring opera 5-1

Top films featuring opera 5-1

14 October 2011

The final part of our countdown, featuring among others Bugs Bunny as Brünnhilde.

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