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Rufus Norris (Theatre Directing, 2002)

Rufus Norris

Fellow in 2002 for Theatre Directing

Rufus Norris is a multi-award winning theatre director who came to fame in 2001 with his production of Afore Night Came at the Young Vic, for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

Three years later, Rufus won his second Evening Standard Award and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Director for his smash hit production of Festen. The play had a sell out run at the Almeida when it opened there in 2004 and also earned Rufus the Critic’s Circle Award for Best Director.

Since then, Rufus has directed a host of critically acclaimed shows, among them an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize winning novel Vernon God Little at the Young Vic, and a West End revival of Cabaret, which starred Anna Maxwell Martin and James Dreyfus and was described as ‘outstanding’ by Nicholas de Jongh in The Evening Standard. Rufus’ 2008 Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels, won five Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival.

In 2009, Rufus made his screen debut with the short film King Bastard, written by Tanya Ronder and produced by BBC Films, and in 2010 Rufus made his operatic debut with Don Giovanni, at the ENO. Rufus received critical acclaim for London Road in 2011, which explored the reactions and effect of the Ipswich murders on the local community, and he is currently developing his first feature film, Broken, with Cuba Pictures and BBC Films.