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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