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RUPERT GOOLD (Writer-Director) makes his feature film debut with TRUE STORY. He is considered one of the U.K.'s major stage directors, and is currently Artistic Director of the Headlong theater company (formerly the Oxford Stage) and Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre in London. Since 2010 he has been an associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His productions for Headlong include The Effect (National), Earthquakes in London (National/UK tour), Decade (St Katherine Docks), and the multi-award winning ENRON, for which he won the 2009 Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Director. Other Headlong credits also include King Lear (Liverpool Everyman/Young Vic), Six Characters in Search of an Author (West End), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida), Rough Crossing (tour), Faustus (Hampstead), Restoration (UK tour) and Paradise Lost (UK tour).

Other theatre credits include: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), No Man's Land (Duke of York's - Irish Times Award Best Director), Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice (RSC), and the award-winning Macbeth (Chichester/West End/Brooklyn Academy of Music/Broadway) for which he won the 2007 Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Director. He has also directed several opera productions, including Turandot (English National Opera), Le comte Ory (Garsington Opera); L'Opera Seria, Gli equivoci; Il Pomo d'oro (Batignano).

For British television, Goold directed acclaimed productions of "Macbeth" (BBC) and "Richard II" (BBC), for which he won the Peabody Award and the RTS Award for Best Single Drama. He went on to film both productions for television.

Goold was born and raised in the North London suburb of Highgate. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and went on to study at New York University on a Fulbright scholarship. Upon returning to England, he became an associate at the Salisbury Playhouse, and then artistic director of the Royal and Derngate Theaters in Northampton. Goold is married to actress Kate Fleetwood, whom he met when they were both working on a production of Romeo and Juliet. They have two children.


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