Declan Donnellan

Declan Donnellan
Born Declan Michael Martin Donnellan
4 August 1953 (1953-08-04) (age 58)
Manchester, England
Occupation Theatre director

Declan Donnellan (born 4 August 1953) is a British theatre director and writer. He is co-founder of Cheek by Jowl theatre company. In 1992 he received an honoris causa degree from the University of Warwick and in 2004 he was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his work in France.[1] In 2010, he was made an honorary fellow of Goldsmiths College, University of London.



Donnellan was born in Manchester, England and grew up in Ealing, London. He was educated at St Benedict's School, Ealing and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read English and Law. After leaving Cambridge, he was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1978.

He founded Cheek by Jowl with Nick Ormerod in 1981. Since 2006 the company has been part of the Barbican’s International Theatre Program (BITE) resulting in co-productions of The Changeling (2006), Cymbeline (2007) and Troilus and Cressida (2008).

For the Royal Shakespeare Company he has directed The School for Scandal, King Lear (Academy 2002) and Great Expectations. He has also directed Le Cid for the Avignon Festival, Falstaff for the Salzburg Festival and the ballet of Romeo and Juliet for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Other work in Russia includes The Winter's Tale for the Maly Drama Theatre of Saint Petersburg.

In 2000 he formed a company of actors in Moscow, under the auspices of The Chekhov Festival, whose productions include Boris Godunov, Twelfth Night and Three Sisters.

He wrote a play, Lady Betty, which was performed by Cheek by Jowl in 1989. He has also adapted Don't Fool with Love by de Musset, Antigone by Sophocles, The Mandate by Nikolai Erdman and Masquerade by Lermontov.

First published in Russian in 2001, Donnellan's book, The Actor and the Target, has subsequently been published in English (2002, reprinted 2005), French and Spanish.

Donnellan has won awards in London, Paris, New York and Moscow, including Laurence Olivier Awards for:

Stage productions

Cheek by Jowl



See also


  1. ^ Declan Donnellan at Cheek by Jowl

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