read English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (1964-7). His first job in the theatre was as an ABC Television trainee director at the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1969 he became an Associate Director of George Baker's touring company Candida Plays. In 1970 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Watermill Theatre, and afterwards also directed free-lance productions at Richmond, Lancaster, Oldham, Perth and Watford as well as British Council tours of the Far East and Africa with MACBETH and Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY.
From 1970-72 he was Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and then from 1976-81 Administrative Director at the Oxford Playhouse Company where he also directed over 20 productions.
In 1984 he became Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in London. In 2006 he was the recipient of an Evening Standard Drama Award - Special Award for "Pioneering Political Theatre" for his work there. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at University of Westminster. In 2009 he received the Theatre Managers' Association Award for Individual Achievement. In November 2010 he received the Liberty Human Rights Arts award. His production of THE GREAT GAME played two command performances for The Pentagon in Washington DC in February 2011.In November 2011 he received the Peter Brook Empty Space Award for Individual achievement, and in 2012 the Freedom of the London Borough of Brent.
His productions at the Tricycle include the British or World premieres of: THE GREAT GAME- Afghanistan, a trilogy of plays by 14 writers (Olivier Award nominated &USA tour: Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, Public Theater, New York, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, & the Berkeley Rep, California), Frank McGuinness' GRETA GARBO COMES TO DONEGAL John Patrick Shanley's DOUBT, Carlo Gebler's & Jennifer Farmer's DARFUR - HOW LONG IS NEVER?, Abram Hill's WALK HARD, Richard Norton-Taylor's BLOODY SUNDAY (winner of an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement), Richard Norton-Taylor's JUSTIFYING WAR, Carlo Gebler's TEN ROUNDS, Nick Dear's new version of THE PROMISE, Jack Rosenthal's translation of Jean-Claude Grumberg's DREYFUS, Richard Norton-Taylor's THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE - THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE INQUIRY (Time Out Award - also in the West End Victoria Palace and National tour & at the National Theatre), Carlo Gebler's adaptation of Strindberg's DANCE OF DEATH, Yemi Osofisan's RWANDA, Goran Stefanovski's EX-YU, Keith Reddin's HAITI, Richard Norton-Taylor's NUREMBERG, Richard Norton-Taylor & John McGrath's HALF THE PICTURE (Time Out Award & first ever play performed in the Houses of Parliament), Bill Morrison's 6-hour trilogy A LOVE SONG FOR ULSTER, Alice Childress' TROUBLE IN MIND & WINE IN THE WILDERNESS, Tom Kempinski's translation of Jean-Claude Grumberg's A FREE COUNTRY, Yemi Ajibade's A LONG WAY FROM HOME, ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, Leigh Jackson's THE ONE O'CLOCK WORLD and Alfred Fagon's LONELY COWBOY; as well as revivals of Frank McGuinness' FACTORY GIRLS, Mary O'Malley's ONCE A CATHOLIC, Brendan Behan's THE HOSTAGE & Shakespeare's MACBETH.
Other Theatre Credits
Gillian Slovo & Victoria Brittain's GUANTANAMO in the West End at the New Ambassador's Theatre and Off-Broadway at the Culture Project in New York & the Brava Theatre in San Francisco, as well as readings at the House of Congress in Washington DC and in the Houses of Parliament (2004), Richard Norton-Taylor's THE COLOUR OF JUSTICE at the Victoria Palace Theatre & Lyttelton Theatre and national tour (1999), His own SREBRENICA, at the National theatre (Olivier Theatre 1998), AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at the Lyric, Hammersmith (1995), Richard Norton-Taylor & John McGrath's HALF THE PICTURE at the Houses of Parliament (the first play ever performed there) (1993), Stewart Parker's PENTECOST at the Lyric, Hammersmith (1989), and Howard Sackler's THE GREAT WHITE HOPE for the Royal Shakespeare Company ( winner of the Time Out Award 1987).
ALSO in the USA Mustapha Matura's PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES at the Chicago International Theatre Festival (1988) and Coward's PRIVATE LIVES (Court Theatre - Chicago 1987 +1988), Grumberg's THE WORKROOM (American Jewish Theatre New York 1999), GUANTANAMO by Victoria Brittain & Gillian Slovo (Culture Project, New York 2004), WALK IN THE WOODS by Lee Blessing (Northern Stage, Vermont 2010), THE GREAT GAME - AFGHANISTAN (The Shakespeare Theatre - Washington, The Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis, The Berkeley Rep, California and Public Theater - New York).