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Robert Icke is a British director and writer known for his innovative and thought-provoking productions. He was born in Stockton-on-Tees, England in 1986 and studied English at Cambridge University before pursuing a career in theatre.
Icke began his career as an assistant director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and went on to work at the National Theatre and the Almeida Theatre in London. In 2013, he became the Almeida's Associate Director, a position he held until 2019.
During his time at the Almeida, Icke directed a number of critically acclaimed productions, including a modern adaptation of George Orwell's "1984" and a new version of Friedrich Schiller's "Mary Stuart." Both productions transferred to the West End and Broadway, with "1984" also touring internationally.
Icke's productions are known for their bold and experimental approach to classic texts, often incorporating multimedia elements and challenging the audience's expectations. His adaptation of "1984" was particularly notable for its use of video projections and live-streaming, which created a disorienting and immersive experience for the audience.
In addition to his work in theatre, Icke has also directed for television and film. He directed an episode of the popular BBC series "Doctor Who" in 2018, and his debut feature film "The Nest," starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020.
Icke has received numerous awards and nominations for his work, including the Olivier Award for Best Director for "1984" and the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Director for "Oresteia." He was also named one of the Evening Standard's "Most Influential People in Theatre" in 2015 and 2016.
Most recently, Icke directed a new production of "Hamlet" at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, starring Andrew Scott in the title role. The production received rave reviews for its fresh and modern interpretation of the classic play, and was praised for Scott's dynamic and emotionally charged performance.

Robert Icke Productions

[West End, 2024]
[West End, 2022]
Adaption and direction
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
[West End, 2018]
[Broadway, 2017]
[West End, 2017]
[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
[West End, 2016]
[West End, 2015]



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Interview: 'She's Quite a Character!': Actor Clare Perkins on Modernising Shakespeare and Playing Mistress Quickly in Robert Icke's PLAYER KINGS

Player Kings, a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, arrives on the West End in April. Recently, we had the chance to speak with Clare Perkins, who plays Mistress Quickly. We discussed taking on a modern version of Shakespeare and what she hopes audiences take away from the work.

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For PLAYER KINGS, Starring Ian McKellen!

Rehearsal photos have been released for Player Kings, adapted by Robert Icke from William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.  Check out the photos here!

Full Cast Set for PLAYER KINGS Starring Ian McKellen, Toheeb Jimoh & Richard Coyle

IAN MCKELLEN, TOHEEB JIMOH & RICHARD COYLE star in Robert Icke's production of PLAYER KINGS, adapted from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2.

Toheeb Jimoh and Richard Coyle Join Ian McKellen in Robert Icke's Production of PLAYER KINGS

The full cast has been revealed for Player Kings, adapted by Robert Icke from William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2.

Mark Strong and Lesley Manville to Star in Robert Icke's OEDIPUS in the West End

Oedipus, a new adaptation created by Robert Icke after Sophocles, is set to have a West End run. Learn additional details and see how to purchase tickets!

Juliet Stevenson Joins the ENO's THE HANDMAID'S TALE

This February, multi award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson makes a highly anticipated return to the West End in the English National Opera’s (ENO) acclaimed operatic adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.

LA DOCTORA Comes to Teatro La Plaza This Month

La doctora Ruth Wolff, directora fundadora de un prestigioso Instituto de investigación, se niega a dejar entrar a un sacerdote católico al quirófano donde una adolescente está muriendo.

Center REP to Present EVERY BRILLIANT THING This Winter

Center REP presents 'Every Brilliant Thing,' a remarkable solo performance filled with poignant humor and joy. Join the journey of falling in love, grief, healing, and rediscovery. Directed by Jeffrey Lo and starring William Thomas Hodgson. Don't miss this immersive theatrical experience from Jan. 6-28 at Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. Get your tickets now!

Now Onsale: PLAYER KINGS Starring Ian McKellen

Bringing together Shakespeare's two great history plays (Henry IV, parts 1 and 2) into the theatrical event of the season, Player Kings will reign over London’s West End for twelve weeks only – playing at the Noël Coward Theatre from April 2024.

Ian McKellen's Repeats History with Return to New Wimbledon Theatre in PLAYER KINGS

Ian McKellen’s return to New Wimbledon Theatre in 2024 feels like déjà vu and, that’s because it is. The 1964 pre-West End run of A Scent of Flowers previewed at Wimbledon Theatre, prior to a memorable run at the Duke of York’s Theatre that same year. The exact same trajectory that Robert Icke’s Player Kings will do.

Audible and LAMDA Celebrate Five Years Of Collaboration With New Audio Dramas Written and Recorded By LAMDA Graduating Students

Audible UK and LAMDA have announced the release of the fifth series of GNR8, a collection of four original audio dramas that are created by and for young people.

Ian McKellen to Play Falstaff in Robert Icke's PLAYER KINGS in 2024

Robert Icke will direct Ian McKellen as John Falstaff in Player Kings, adapted by Icke from William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. Further casting to be announced.

FRANKENSTEIN Comes to the Darlington Hippodrome in October

Tilted Wig brings a new perspective on the gothic chiller, Frankenstein, coming to Darlington Hippodrome for one week only in October. Learn more about the production and how to get tickets here!

Karen Allen & Reed Birney to Star in World Premiere Of Donald Margulies' LUNAR ECLIPSE at Shakespeare & Company

'Lunar Eclipse,' a new play by Donald Margulies, makes its world premiere at Shakespeare & Company. Directed by James Warwick, the play features Karen Allen and Reed Birney as a long-married couple reflecting on life and time during a lunar eclipse.

Berkshire Theatre Group Reveals Cast for the Upcoming Production of COPENHAGEN

Get all the latest updates on Berkshire Theatre Group's upcoming production of Copenhagen. Find out who has been cast in the lead roles and when and where you can catch this highly anticipated show. Don't miss this limited engagement - learn more now!

Jonas Kaufmann To Appear At Park Avenue Armory In September

This September, Park Avenue Armory presents the world premiere of  Doppelganger, a bespoke Armory commission that reimagines Franz Schubert's rarely staged song cycle Schwanengesang (“Swan Song”) as a multi-dimensional theatrical performance directed by Claus Guth, one of  opera's most adventurous directors, and performed by renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann with pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Broadway Buying Guide: July 31, 2023

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Broadway Buying Guide: July 17, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, July 17, 2023.

ROCK & ROLL MAN, THE DOCTOR & More Lead Top Off-Broadway Shows for July 2023

What's happening off-Broadway? BroadwayWorld is helping you pick what to see next by rounding up our top recommended theatre each month. Coming up off-Broadway this July is a world premiere musical, a North American premiere, and more. 

Review Roundup: World Premiere Play THE DOCTOR Opens At Park Avenue Armory

Following his acclaimed repertory productions of Hamlet and Oresteia in summer 2022, director and playwright Robert Icke returns to the Park Avenue Armory for the North American premiere of The Doctor, his original, contemporary play which was awarded Best Director (2019 Evening Standard Theatre Awards) and Best Actress (2019 Critic's Circle Theatre Awards) when it premiered at the Almeida Theater, and unanimous acclaim for its recent West End transfer. Read the reviews!


Robert Icke has written 2 shows including 1984 (Playwright), The Doctor (Playwight).

Robert Icke has been nominated for several awards. He was nominated for Outstanding Adaptation at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "Oresteia." Additionally, he received nominations for Best Director at the Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Awards, also for "Oresteia."

Robert Icke has won the Best Director award at the Olivier Awards for his work on the production of "Oresteia." He has also received the Best Director award at the Evening Standard Awards for the same production.

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