Peter Pan

Robert Marsden

Robert is a freelance theatre director who has worked across the UK and Europe in both commercial and subsidised theatre.  He is delighted to be working again with Selladoor following co-leading alongside the inhouse team the Greenwich New Writer’s programme throughout 2016.


Recent work as a director includes: Yes, Prime Minister, The Secret Garden and The Game’s Afoot (Swanage Rep/Mowlam Theatre); Bugsy (Milton Keynes Theatre); Aladdin (Halifax/Imagine Theatre). The Wind in the Willows (Birmingham Old Rep); Peter Pan (Imagine Theatre/Halifax); A Weekend in the Country (Cooper Hall, Somerset).


Other directing includes: Into the Woods (Reveal Theatre Ltd/Stoke); Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre (Halifax);The Wiz (Milton Keynes Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Staffordshire University/ The Dell, Stratford); Cry Havoc (Manchester); Journey to the East (Cyprus); Fame (Regent Theatre/Milton Keynes Theatre);  King Macbeth (National Tour); The Savonarola Debate (Florence, Italy); They Called It Passchendaele (Belgium); Voices of Arran (Arran); Cock Tales (Manchester); Am I Not a Man and a Brother (Reveal Theatre/Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Tour) and co-producer of Silent Anger (Tour). He was also Associate Director on the National Tours of The Naked Truth starring Lisa Riley and Julie Buckfield and The eXtra Factor with Kevin Kennedy, Kelle Bryan and Antony Costa.


Robert has worked at the Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, Stephen Joseph Scarborough, Bolton Octagon, Southwark Playhouse, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and 5 years at the New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent. He has directed, assisted or staff directed numerous productions ranging from working with Sir Alan Ayckbourn on his play Sugar Daddies (National No 1 Tour) and Harvest, Some Enchanted Evening, Fight for Shelton Bar, Outside Edge, Stealing Dreams, Face It, Romeo and Juliet. He enjoyed directing the musicals Merrily We Roll Along, and Singin’ in the Rain and assisting on a National Tour of Carmen. He was also Creative Director of his own company, Reveal Theatre Ltd where he has produced and directed productions in the Midlands, London and touring including Sticks and Stones, The Most Dangerous Man in England, Hitting Town, Trench Kiss, Two, On The Home Front, Charley’s Aunt and Teechers.


Robert has also written and directed over 20 professional pantomimes and Christmas shows including Crewe Lyceum (3 years), Halifax Victoria (8 years), Reading, New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent, Wrexham, Loughborough, Ickenham, Belfast, Porthcawl and Ammanford, and since 2007 has worked for producer Steve Boden for WISH and Imagine Theatre.


He is currently Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Staffordshire University and a Fellow in Teaching and Learning where he has directed The Man of Mode, Don Juan, Lysistrata, Attempts on Her Life, The Bright and Bold Design, Kindertransport, Blue Remembered Hills and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has led directing workshops in Bangkok, Thailand and is a tutor for AIMS Music School in Eastbourne where he has directed numerous opera scenes alongside leading on the music theatre course. He has had articles published in The Tribune (India), Arts Professional, The Sunday Times, Direct and The Stage and worked for BBC Radio 4 Drama.


Workshops of new work included the musical The Good Enough Mum’s Club (London); and plays Fruit of the Poisoned Tree and WLTM (Stoke); The Grimmest of Grimm Tales (Windsor).

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