Anthony Banks

Anthony Banks - Theatre Director

Anthony is currently directing the world premiere of Jim Cartwright’s new play The Gap starring Matthew Kelly and Denise Welch at Hope Mill Theatre.

Anthony recently directed Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling (London & National Tour),  Mrs Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw (Bath & Chichester) and the world premieres of Lucinda Coxon’s Herding Cats (Soho) and Mark Ravenhill’s Blackmail (Mercury).

World Premieres of New Plays:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (West End & National Tour); Games For Lovers by Ryan Craig (The Vaults); Hogarth’s Progress by Nick Dear (Rose Kingston); Twilight Song by Kevin Elyot (Park Theatre); Raz by Jim Cartwright (West End & National Tour); Bassett by James Graham (Bristol Old Vic); More Light by Bryony Lavery (National Theatre); The Eternal Not by Lucinda Coxon (National Theatre); Prince of Denmark by Michael Lesslie (National Theatre & West End); The Experiment by Mark Ravenhill (Soho Theatre & Berliner Ensemble); Herding Cats by Lucinda Coxon (Theatre Royal Bath & Hampstead Theatre); DNA by Dennis Kelly (National Tour); ReWrite by Tosin Omosebi (Westminster Hall and National Theatre); Cesario by Bryony Lavery (World Shakespeare Festival); Pignight by Snoo Wilson (Menier Chocolate Factory).

New Productions of Classics:
Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott (National Tour); My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier adapted by Joseph O’Connor (Theatre Royal Bath & Chichester Festival Theatre); Strangers On A Train by Patricia Highsmith (National Tour); Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton (National Tour); After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber (Theatre Royal Bath); Grand Hotel by Maury Yeston (Embassy CSSD); Sweet Charity by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields & Neil Simon (Embassy CSSD); The Hotel Plays by Tennessee Williams.

Associate Director at the National Theatre 2004 – 2014 commissioning and developing scripts for NT Connections written by: Samuel Adamson, Davey Anderson, Alia Bano, Hilary Bell, Helen Blakeman, William Boyd, Howard Brenton, Jamie Brittain, Deborah Bruce, Jim Cartwright, Katherine Chandler, Noel Clarke, Elinor Cook, Lucinda Coxon, Ryan Craig, Molly Davies, Katie Douglas, Nick Drake, Tim Etchells, Georgia Fitch, James Graham, Stacey Gregg, Carl Grose, Katori Hall, Nancy Harris, Matt Hartley, Jonathan Harvey, Lenny Henry, Craig Higginson, Christopher William Hill, Sam Holcroft, Anthony Horowitz, Dafydd James, Catherine Johnson, Cush Jumbo, Jemma Kennedy, Ayub Khan Din, Bryony Lavery, Michael Lesslie, Nell Leyshon, Anders Lustgarten, Sabrina Mahfouz, David Mamet, Patrick Marber, Douglas Maxwell, Alistair McDowall, Lisa McGee, Pauline McLynn, Conor Mitchell, Rory Mullarkey, Anthony Neilson, Luke Norris, Lizzie Nunnery, Ben Ockrent, Eugene O’Hare, Morna Pearson, Evan Placey, Ben Power, Anya Reiss, Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik, Kellie Smith, Stef Smith, Sarah Solemani, Meera Syal, Simon Vinnicombe, Paven Virk and Samir Yazbek.

Leads workshops on directing new plays and contributes to books and journals about theatre.

Studied English at Kings College London and trained as a director at RADA.

Anthony is represented by Adam Maskell at Curtis Brown. [email protected]