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Matthew Warchus  

Tony Award-Winning Stage Director; Best Known for "Matilda the Musical" and "Groundhog Day"

Recent projects included a production of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy of plays The Norman Conquests at London's Old Vic Theatre, Boeing Boeing at New York's Broadhurst Theatre (Tony nomination for Best Director of a Play), a UK tour of the musical Our House and the stage adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, which played the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane from May 2007 through July 2008. It was the most expensive stage production at the time of its debut.

During the 2008-09 Broadway season, Warchus directed two productions. One was the critically lauded, 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Play transfer of his Old Vic production of The Norman Conquests, for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Best Director. The other was the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Yasmina Reza's smash hit God of Carnage for which Warchus won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play.

In 2010, Warchus directed the acclaimed RSC musical production, Matilda The Musical, which transferred to the West End in October 2011 at the Cambridge Theatre, before opening at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in March 2013. The musical has since gone on to tour the US, Australia and New Zealand, winning multiple awards with a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Director for Warchus.

Warchus's production of Ghost: The Musical, a stage adaptation of the Academy Award winning 1990 film, premiered at the Manchester Opera House in March 2011, and opened at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in July 2011 and closed on 6 October 2012. The show transferred to Broadway beginning at the Lunt Fontanne Theater on 15 March 2012 and closed on 18 August 2012.

His film Pride was selected to be screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm award on 23 May 2014.

In May 2014 Warchus was announced as the new Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre London, succeeding Kevin Spacey.


'Groundhog Day': Theater Review | Hollywood Reporter

Director Matthew Warchus, composer Tim Minchin and the team behind 'Matilda' turn the much-loved Bill Murray screen comedy into a lavish stage musical.

A Very Special Preview of Groundhog Day the Musical – Adweek

Finally, [director Matthew] Warchus comes out to make an announcement: Inside the stage, the complex mechanism that powers the production's intricate ...

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