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David Gilmore has directed more than a dozen west end productions. These include the original award-winning production of “Daisy Pulls It Off’ which ran for three years at the globe theatre, and was revived at the Lyric; ‘Lend Me A Tenor’ also at the globe, and the award-winning musical ‘The Hired Man’ by Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall, all produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
His production of ‘Grease’ ran for seven years at the dominion and Cambridge before returning to the Victoria palace and now the Piccadilly. He also directed productions of Grease in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Athens and Tokyo as well as arena productions in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Most recently he has directed Noises Off for a national tour. prior to this he directed the musical ‘Hair’ which played in Berlin and Paris.
He also directed the musical ‘Footloose’ in Sydney and Jamie Oliver’s hugely successful stage performances in England and Australia.
His production of ‘Defending The Caveman’ at the Apollo Theatre won an Olivier award for best entertainment.
During the last few years much of David’s work has been overseas. His production of ‘Happy Days’ opened the Olympic superdome in Sydney while his production of ‘La Haut’, a French comedy operetta, which he originally directed for the Theatre Des Celestins in Lyon completed a season at the Theatre De Varietes in Paris and has subsequently been filmed for French television.
Other productions abroad include ‘As You Like It ’ for the Shakespeare repertory company in Chicago; David Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ at the Royal Flemish theatre in Brussels and Andrew Lloyd webber’s ‘Song and Dance’ in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide; the American comedy, ‘Alone Together’ and Ben Elton’s ‘Gasping’ which visited Hong Kong, and Peking.
Other West-end productions include the long running hit ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ at the queen’s theatre starring Frank Finlay, ‘Chapter Two’ by Neil Simon, at the Gielgud theatre starring Tom Conte and Sharon Gless. ‘Radio times’ starring Tony Slattery and ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo ui’ starring Gryff Rhys Jones, both at the Queen’s Theatre: the American courtroom drama, ‘nuts’ at the Whitehall theatre, ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ starring Suzi Quattro at the Aldwych, the Cole Porter revue ‘A Swell Party’ at the Vaudeville, ‘Out Of The Blue’ at the Shaftesbury Theatre and ‘Fatal Attraction’ at the Haymarket. He also directed the farewell tour of the band ‘Harvey and the Wallbangers’. At the king’s head theatre he directed Beth tour of the band ‘Harvey and the Wallbangers’. At the king’s head theatre he directed Beth Henley’s ‘Crimes of the Heart’.
At the National Theatre he directed Machiavelli’s ‘Mandragola’ and for Compass Theatre he directed sir Antony Quayle in Pinero’s ‘Dandy Dick’. For the New Shakespeare Company he directed ‘The Winter’s Tale’; and for the Chichester Festival Theatre Noel Coward’s ‘Cavalcade’ with a cast of over 200.
David Gilmore was born in London and educated at Alleyn’s school, Dulwich. He spent several years working in all aspects of stage management before becoming an actor.
For ten years he played leading roles in major regional companies.
On becoming a Director he ran the idyllically beautiful Watermill Theatre in Berkshire for three years, and was then appointed Artistic Director of the Nuffield Theatre on the university campus at Southampton. During his five year tenure the company established a national reputation for the production of new plays, neglected classics and European drama while audience attendances more than doubled.
During this period he directed ‘The Tempest’’; ‘The Merchant of Venice’; ‘Candida’ by Shaw; ’The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Brecht; Chekov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ ; Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’; ‘Summer and Smoke’ by Tennessee Williams and productions by authors such as Rattigan, Coward, Frayn, Wedekind, and Christopher Hampton in addition to half a dozen musicals. He also adapted de Rojas’ ‘Celestina’ for the stage.