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William Hobbs

Fight director


English fight director William Hobbs made his Royal Opera debut in 1987 on Otello, directed by Elijah Moshinsky. He subsequently worked on Stiffelio, Aida and Il trovatore, directed by Moshinsky, and was revival fight director for Lohengrin and Simon Boccanegra, directed by Moshinsky, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, directed by John Schlesinger, and Don Giovanni, directed by Francesca Zambello.

Hobbs first directed fights for Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and was Fight Director for nine years with Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre. He has worked with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and for many theatres across Europe. His extensive film work includes Shakespeare in Love, The Man in the Iron Mask, Rob Roy, Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, Cyrano de Bergerac, Richard Lester’s ‘Musketeer’ films, Dangerous Liaisons, Willow, Brazil, The Meaning of Life, Excalibur, Flash Gordon, The Duellists and Polanski’s Macbeth, and for ‘Game of Thrones’.

Hobbs has directed his own musical theatre company, and productions of Romeo and Juliet, Colombe and A Soldier’s Tale. His books include Fight Direction for Stage and Screen (1995).