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Matthew Dunster is a British actor, writer, and director with an impressive resume in the theatre world. Born in London in 1973, Dunster attended the University of East Anglia where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation, he began his career in theatre and has since become a well-respected figure in the industry.
Dunster's work as a director has been particularly noteworthy. He has directed productions at some of the most prestigious theatres in the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and the Young Vic. His directing credits include "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Seagull," and "Hangmen," which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2016.
In addition to his work as a director, Dunster has also made a name for himself as a writer. He has written several plays, including "Children's Children," which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2012. The play explores the impact of technology on modern relationships and received critical acclaim for its sharp writing and insightful commentary.
Despite his success as a director and writer, Dunster has also continued to act throughout his career. He has appeared in several productions on the West End and in regional theatres across the UK. His stage credits include "Love's Labour's Lost," "The Taming of the Shrew," and "The Front Page."
Dunster has also made a name for himself in television and film. He has appeared in several British television shows, including "Silent Witness" and "Holby City." He also had a small role in the 2015 film "Legend," which starred Tom Hardy as the notorious London gangsters, the Kray twins.
In recent years, Dunster has continued to work on a variety of projects across the theatre, television, and film industries. In 2019, he directed a production of "The Bay at Nice" at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, which received positive reviews for its powerful performances and stunning design. He also directed the UK premiere of the Tony Award-winning play "The Jungle" at the Playhouse Theatre in London in 2018.
Dunster's most recent work includes the upcoming film "The Lost King," in which he plays the role of King Henry VI. The film, which is currently in post-production, tells the story of the Wars of the Roses and the struggle for the English throne in the 15th century.

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[Broadway, 2022]
[West End, 2020]
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[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[West End, 2015]
[West End, 2013]


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Review: 2:22 - A GHOST STORY, Apollo Theatre

As this well-oiled West End machine arrives at a fifth venue with a new cast, it remains a clever and spine-chilling piece of theatre

Photos: First Look at Sophia Bush, Ricky Champ and More in 2:22 A GHOST STORY

See photos of the current cast of 2:22 A Ghost Story, featuring: Sophia Bush as Lauren, Ricky Champ as Ben, Clifford Samuel as Sam and Jaime Winstone as Jenny.

Interview: 'Engaging, Gripping, Thrilling, and Brilliant' Jaime Winstone, Clifford Samuel, Sophia Bush, Ricky Champ on 2:22 - A GHOST STORY

BroadwayWorld UK recently had the chance to speak with the stars of 2:22 A Ghost Story - Jaime Winstone (Jenny), Clifford Samuel (Sam), Sophia Bush (Lauren), and Ricky Champ (Ben) - about the show and what it has been like to be a part of the spooky story, including their own beliefs on ghosts and the supernatural!

SHIRLEY VALENTINE Starring Sheridan Smith Celebrates 100 Sold Out Performances at The Duke of York's Theatre

The West End production of Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy Shirley Valentine starring Sheridan Smith tonight celebrates 100 performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End, with all 100 shows selling out.

Lucas Hnath, Trevor Nunn, Noel Coward, and More Set For The Orange Tree Theatre's Upcoming Season

The Orange Tree (OT) has announced its first full year of programming under new Artistic Director Tom Littler. It features world and European premieres by Zoe Cooper and Lucas Hnath; revivals from Mustapha Matura, Noël Coward and Oliver Goldsmith; directors including Trevor Nunn and Matthew Dunster; and Niamh Cusack headlining the first major London revival of Polly Stenham's breakout hit That Face.

Daniel MacPherson Joins the Cast of 2:22 - A GHOST STORY in Australia

The first casting announcement has been revealed for the anticipated Australian production of 2:22 - A Ghost Story, with one of Australia's most highly regarded leading actors, Daniel MacPherson, confirmed to play the role of 'Ben'.

Additional Venues Announced For UK Tour of 2:22 A GHOST STORY

An additional 10 venues have been announced for the UK tour of the critically acclaimed, smash hit, supernatural thriller 2:22 - A Ghost Story. 

Photos: Rankin Portraits of Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton in THE PILLOWMAN Released

Rehearsals began today (3 May 2023) for the West End premiere of Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning The Pillowman. To mark the start of rehearsals, a set of specially commissioned photographs of Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton by acclaimed British photographer Rankin have been released.

Photos: Inside Rehearsal With the Sixth Cast of 2:22 A GHOST STORY

Following the announcement of the sixth cast for 2:22 A Ghost Story, Producer Runaway Entertainment has released photos from rehearsals ahead of the first preview on 14 May. 

Stage Directors UK Becomes a Trade Union

Stage Directors UK (SDUK) has been successful in its bid to become a Trade Union, which will look after the interests of stage directors, choreographers, movement directors, fight directors and intimacy coordinators. 

Sophia Bush, Ricky Champ, and More Will Join the Cast of 2:22 A GHOST STORY

Casting has been announced for the fifth West End  transfer of Danny Robins' edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller 2:22 - A Ghost Story, which will move from the Lyric to the Apollo, just next door!

2.22 - A GHOST STORY Will Transfer to The Apollo Theatre, Beginning In May

The critically acclaimed, smash hit, supernatural thriller 2:22 - A Ghost Story will transfer theatres for a record-breaking 5th time  - and its sixth season - to The Apollo Theatre, where it will play a 18 week season beginning on 14 May 2023.

Paul Kaye and Matthew Tennyson Join Cast of THE PILLOWMAN, Directed by Matthew Dunster

Paul Kaye and Matthew Tennyson will join the cast of Martin McDonagh’s electrifying and savagely funny Olivier Award-winning The Pillowman to play Ariel and Michal, respectively. They join the previously announced Lily Allen as Katurian and Steve Pemberton as Tupolski.

Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of Sheridan Smith in SHIRLEY VALENTINE?

Sheridan Smith appears in the latest revival of a woman's quest to find herself after years of boredom and frustration. But what did the critics think?

Review: SHIRLEY VALENTINE, The Duke Of York's Theatre

Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine is nearly forty years old and, despite being firmly set in the 1980's, its issues of loneliness, bravery and the need for personal fulfilment still resonate deeply.

GUYS & DOLLS Leads our Top Ten London Shows for March

Spring is finally here and March is filled to bursting with some incredible shows.

Photos: First Look at Sheridan Smith in SHIRLEY VALENTINE at the Duke of York's Theatre

All new photos have been released of Sheridan Smith in Willy Russell’s SHIRLEY VALENTINE at the Duke of York’s Theatre, as the production begins performances tonight, Friday 17 February.

Tickets from just £24 for SHIRLEY VALENTINE

Tickets from just £24 for Shirley Valentine, starring Sheridan Smith

Photos: See Sheridan Smith in Rehearsals for SHIRLEY VALENTINE at The Duke of York's Theatre

Get a first look at photos of Sheridan Smith in rehearsals for SHIRLEY VALENTINE at The Duke of York’s Theatre!

2:22 - A GHOST STORY Will Embark on UK Tour Beginning in September

The critically acclaimed, smash hit, supernatural thriller 2:22 - A Ghost Story will embark on an extensive UK-wide tour, opening at Bath Theatre Royal on 1 September 2023, and continuing through to May 2024 with the full tour schedule to be announced soon.


Matthew Dunster has written 1 shows including A Tale of Two Cities (Playwright).

Outstanding Direction of a Play (Drama League Awards) for Hangmen and Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Hangmen .

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