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Lyndsey Turner BIO

Lyndsey Turner is a British theatre and film director known for her innovative and thought-provoking productions. She was born in 1980 in Sheffield, England, and grew up in the nearby town of Doncaster. After studying English at the University of Cambridge, she trained as a director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

Turner made her debut as a director in 2006 with a production of "The Grace of Mary Traverse" by Timberlake Wertenbaker at the Arcola Theatre in London. Since then, she has directed a wide range of plays, from classic works by Shakespeare and Chekhov to contemporary plays by Caryl Churchill and Lucy Kirkwood.
One of Turner's most notable productions was the 2014 revival of "Hamlet" at the Barbican Centre in London, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. The production was praised for its modern and visually striking interpretation of the play, which featured live video projections and a revolving stage.
Turner has also directed several productions at the National Theatre in London, including a critically acclaimed revival of Brian Friel's "Philadelphia, Here I Come!" in 2012. Her other National Theatre productions include "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire" by Caryl Churchill and "Chimerica" by Lucy Kirkwood, both of which received widespread critical acclaim.

Lyndsey Turner Productions

[West End, 2023]
[West End, 2023]
[West End, 2022]
[West End, 2022]
[West End, 2020]
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[West End, 2018]
[West End, 2017]
[West End, 2017]
[West End, 2015]
[Broadway, 2014]
[West End, 2013]
[West End, 2012]
[West End, 2012]
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Assistant Director

Lyndsey Turner Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 2014 - Best Director

Lyndsey TurnerChimerica

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Lyndsey Turner, Machinal

Evening Standard Awards - 2013 - Best Director

Lyndsey TurnerChimerica

Lyndsey Turner News

Anne-Marie Duff Will Lead THE LITTLE FOXES at the Young Vic Theatre

BAFTA Award-winning actress Anne-Marie Duff will lead the cast in a new staging of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes by Olivier Award-winning director Lyndsey Turner.
A TUPPERWARE OF ASHES, THE OTHER PLACE, and More Set For the National Theatre's Autumn Season

The National Theatre has announced two new productions for its South Bank stages this autumn: the world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s A Tupperware of Ashes in the Dorfman theatre, and a new play by Alexander Zeldin inspired by Antigone called The Other Place in the Lyttelton theatre.
Photos: Inside the 2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Ceremony

The 2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has been awarded to UK playwright Ava Pickett for her play 1536.  Awarded annually since 1978, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is the largest and oldest international award recognizing women+ who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. See photos from inside the ceremony here.
Tickets Exclusively On Sale For Young Vic Theatre's New Season

Tickets are exclusively on sale for the Young Vic Theatre's new season! Learn more about the season lineup and find out how to get tickets here!
2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Awarded to Ava Pickett for 1536

The 2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has been awarded to UK playwright Ava Pickett for her play 1536. Learn more about Pickett and the award!
Diane Paulus-Directed ROMEO AND JULIET Will Open at A.R.T. in September

A new production of Romeo and Juliet is headed to American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University this September! The production will be directed by A.R.T.’s Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Diane Paulus and feature movement direction and choreography by two-time Olivier Award winner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Kwame Kwei-Armah Will Step Down From the Young Vic; Final Season Lineup Revealed!

Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced his final season at the Young Vic Theatre. His final production as Young Vic Artistic Director will be the world premiere of A Face in the Crowd, a new production based on the classic ‘50s Hollywood film, with music and lyrics by Elvis Costello and book by Sarah Ruhl. Learn more here!
a.k. payne, Jasmine Naziha Jones & More Named as Finalists for 2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

The 2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has revealed the finalists for this prestigious international award honoring women+ playwrights.
Video: First Look at All New Clips From THE WITCHES at the National Theatre

All new production clips have been released from Roald Dahl's The Witches, now playing at the National Theatre in London. Check out the videos here!
Critics' Pick: Aliya Al-Hassan's Best Theatre of 2023

The pure joy of theatre is its ability to constantly renew and surprise. For me, 2023 saw a plethora of excellent musicals. Notoriously hard to get right, this year seemed to feature both clever revivals and future successes, many of which remained in my thoughts long after I left the theatre.
Review Roundup: THE WITCHES Opens at The National Theatre

Read the reviews for The Witches at The National Theatre.
Review: THE WITCHES, National Theatre

I'm sure there will be more than a few sighs of relief down the corridors of the National Theatre at the deservedly raptuous reception for The Witches, the latest attempt to bring a hit show to the stage at this lucrative time of year. 'We're not women, we're hell' is not a line you would expect at a family show, but Lyndsey Turner's production combines exuberant fun, quick-witted comedy and a positive attitude towards death to produce an entralling, clever and incredibly funny production.
Tony Award Winner Es Devlin Opens First Solo Museum Exhibition At Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “An Atlas of Es Devlin” from Nov. 18 through Aug. 11, 2024. Th
THE WITCHES Leads our Top Ten Shows for November

The nights may be getting longer and darker, but the West End is bright with fabulous new productions this November.
Now Onsale: THE WITCHES at The National Theatre

Tickets From £56 for the National Theatre's The Witches
Video: The Cast of THE WITCHES at the National Theatre Sing 'Get Up!'

In an all new video, the cast of The Witches sing Get Up! from the new musical rendition of Roald Dahl's classic tale, playing in the Olivier Theatre from 7 November. Check out the video here!
National Theatre Launches Free Half-Term Activity Inspired By THE WITCHES

Starting from this October half term the National Theatre will host The Witches Adventure Trail; a series of free activities for children inspired by its upcoming staged musical production of Roald Dahl's The Witches.
The Mono Box's Extensive Play and Audio Monologue Libraries Will Be Donated To Theatres

The Mono Box’s extensive play and audio monologue libraries to be donated to Northern Academy of Performing arts, Powerhouse, Theatre503 and Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust. Learn more about the collection here!
The National Theatre's Learning Activity is Now in Every Local Authority in the UK

The National Theatre’s Learning activity is now present in every local authority across the UK through its in-person and digital programmes. The NT’s active engagement with schools, teachers and young people is a key part of its mission to support the next generation of theatre makers and creators across the UK. The NT aims to inspire creativity, fire imaginations and boost skills for the future workforce of the sector and to build a more creative nation. 
FLEABAG, OTHELLO, HEX, and More Join National Theatre at Home's Autumn Streaming Lineup

The National Theatre has revealed its autumn season on the National Theatre at Home streaming platform. Learn more about the productions available to stream this autumn here!


What awards has Lyndsey Turner been nominated for?

Lyndsey Turner has been nominated for the following awards: Best Director at the Olivier Awards for Chimerica, Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Machinal, and Best Director at the Evening Standard Awards for Chimerica.

What awards has Lyndsey Turner won?

Lyndsey Turner has won the Best Director award at the Olivier Awards for her work on Chimerica.

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