British theatre director Timothy Sheader makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season directing the world premiere of The Monstrous Child in the Linbury Theatre.
Sheader studied Law with French at the University of Birmingham. On graduation he became a Trainee Director at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond; he subsequently spent two years as an Assistant Director with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was appointed Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in November 2007. For Regent’s Park Theatre he has directed many plays and music-theatre works, including Jesus Christ Superstar (Olivier Award for Best Revival, 2018), A Tale of Two Cities, Running Wild, Porgy and Bess, To Kill a Mockingbird, Crazy for You (Olivier Award for Best Musical), Ragtime, Peter Pan, Lord of the Flies, Into the Woods (Olivier Award), The Crucible (Whatsonstage Award for Best Director), Hello Dolly (Olivier and Evening Standard awards), and Shakespeare plays including Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. In 2018 he directed The Turn of the Screw for English National Opera at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Sheader’s other theatre credits include The Magistrate (National Theatre), My Fair Lady (Aarhus Theatre), Running Wild and Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic), Hobson’s Choice and The Clandestine Marriage (Watermill Theatre), Sweet Charity and Piaf (Sheffield Crucible), Achilles (Edinburgh, Fringe First Award) and Streetcar to Tennessee (Young Vic).