Terry (David) Hands

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Theater

  • (1941 - ) British director, a cofounder ofthe Everyman Theatre in Liverpool (1964), and sole artistic directorof the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) from 1986 to 1991.Hands joined the RSC as a director for the touring TheatregoroundCompany in 1966. The following year he was appointed as an associatedirector of the RSC, being entrusted with the direction of severalworks at Stratford. Notable productions included Genet's The Balcony(1971), T. S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral (1972), and Arbuzov'sOld World (1976). He is particularly noted for his productionsof Shakespeare's history plays, having presented all of them by 1980.

    From 1975 to 1977 Hands enjoyed the rare honour of workingas a consultant director at the Comédie-Française,where his productions included several plays by Shakespeare. In 1978 he was appointed joint artisticdirector of the RSC with Trevor Nunn, becoming sole artisticdirector and chief executive in 1987, a position he relinquished in1991. His subsequent productions have included Marlowe's Tamburlainethe Great (1992), Hamlet (1994) in his own French translation,and a Broadway production of Macbeth (2000) starring Kelsey Grammer. Since1997 he has been director of Clwyd Theatre Cymru, a touring company based in NorthWales.

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