Theatre includes Hamlet, Kafka’s Dick, Edmond (Royal Court), Comedians, Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, The Government Inspector, The Futurists, The Changeling, The Voysey Inheritance, Racing Demon, Richard III, Night of the Iguana, White Chameleon, Skylight, Napoli Milionaria, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Absence of War, John Gabriel Borkman, The Prince’s Play, Amy’s View, King Lear, The Invention of Love, Vincent in Brixton, The Reporter, The Observer, Welcome to Thebes, Liolà (National Theatre), The Crucible (Broadway), Mary Poppins (West End/Broadway), A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic), The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead Theatre), The Judas Kiss and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, his own adaptations of Les Mains Sales, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, Little Eyolf (Almeida), Private Lives, Betty Blue Eyes, Quartermaine’s Terms, Stephen Ward, Mr Foote’s Other Leg (West End), The Last Cigarette, The Pajama Game, The Stepmother (Chichester and West End), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bristol Old Vic and West End), My Name is Lucy Barton (The Bridge Theatre).
Opera includes La Traviata (ROH), Le Nozze di Figaro (Aix-en-Provence/Metropolitan Opera), Carmen, Werther, Manon Lescaut (Metropolitan Opera).
Television includes The Insurance Man, Country, v, Tumbledown, Suddenly Last Summer, Changing Stages, Henry IV Parts I and II, The Dresser and King Lear.
Films include The Ploughman’s Lunch, Iris, Stage Beauty, Notes on a Scandal, The Other Man and The Children Act.
He is the author of Utopia and Other Places - a memoir, National Service - a journal of his time at the National Theatre, Talking Theatre - conversations with theatre people, What Do I Know - a collection of essays and Place To Place, a collection of poems.
He was Director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973 – 1978, Producer of Play for Today for BBC TV 1978 – 1981, and Director of the National Theatre from 1988 – 1997. He has received numerous theatre and film awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was knighted in 1997 and was made a Companion of Honour in 2017.