From: Oxford, England. LA Opera: Tosca (2013, debut; also 2017). Upcoming: Tosca (2022).

John Caird is an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, principal guest director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and a freelance writer and director of plays, musicals, and operas. His National Theatre productions include Hamlet, Money, Humbleboy, The Seagull, Stanley, Trelawney of the Wells, Peter Pan and his own new Olivier Award–winning version of Bernstein’s Candide, which has played worldwide.

Recent directorial credits include Knight’s Tale, Hamlet and Twelfth Night in Tokyo; Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera; McQueen at the Haymarket Theatre; Tosca in Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles; Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Stratford Festival in Canada; La Bohème in San Francisco and Toronto; Parsifal in Chicago; and his own musical Daddy Long Legs Off-Broadway, in Tokyo, and across the United States. He has directed over 20 productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Beggar’s Opera, Twelfth Night, Peter Pan, Our Friends in the North, Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables— the last two productions winning numerous awards in the West End, Broadway, and internationally

His most recent work in opera includes directing the 2019 world premiere of Tarik O'Regan's The Phoenix, for which he also wrote the libretto, at the Houston Grand Opera, as well as Don Giovanni at the Welsh National Opera. In the summer of 2022, he directs a new production of Orfeo for Garsington Opera.

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