a thriller by Francis Durbridge
22 March – 08 May 2010

Paul Tomlinson

This is Paul’s first production at Vienna´s English Theatre. After gaining a degree at the University of Cape Town he came to England where he has worked ever since. He started as an actor and has appeared in three West End Productions – Virtue in Danger, Galileo and Mourning Becomes Electra.

Paul’s early directing career took him to many regional Repertory Theatres – Salisbury Playhouse, the Byre St. Andrews, the Belgrade Coventry and the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. Productions ranged from Death of a Salesman to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Hostage and Lock Up Your Daughters. For 10 years he was the Director of the new Queens Theatre in Hornchurch. He directed many new plays there including the premiere of Barrie Keeffe’s She’s So Modern; a large number of classics including Macbeth, Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice and a wide range of other plays including Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.

As a freelance Director he has directed in the West End: The Who’s Tommy, which he adapted for the stage (Queen’sTheatre), Chris Bond’s Downright Hooligan (Mermaid), Doug Lucie’s Force and Hypocrisy (Young Vic) Barrie Keeffe’s Frozen Assets (Half Moon), Joe Orton’s Funeral Games (Kings Head), the highly acclaimed Distant Point by Afinogenev which was Critic’s Choice in Time Out – and Howard Brenton’s Hitler Dances (Greenwich Studio Theatre).

Paul directed the National Tour of Ayckbourne’s The Norman Conquests; a tour of Sweden of Romeo and Juliet and Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce; and a production of A Midsummer Nights Dream in Greece. He has directed many Pantomimes including Jack and the Beanstalk with Charlie Drake.

He directed a Platform Performance at the National Theatre for NT2000 of Master Harold… and the boys by Athol Fugard in the Cottesloe Theatre.

BBC Radio 4 produced his documentary/drama If the Snakes Don’t Get You, which he also narrated. He wrote and directed Gorilla in the Roses, which was shown at the BBC Short Film Festival and the Rain dance Film Festival.

He has directed many Drama School Productions at Central, Drama Centre, East 15 and The Royal Scottish Academy. His productions include: Bond’s Saved and The Sea, Brecht’s The Mother, Wycherley’s The Country Wife, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Sheridan’s The Rivals, Nick Dear’s The Art of Success, Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and Terry Johnson’s The London Cuckolds.

Paul is delighted to be in Vienna directing tonight’s play.