Helena Kaut-Howson


'..One of the top dozen directors in this country, she brings continental dimension to the sometimes narrow world of British theatre. her directing style is both analytical and intuitive, resulting in a richness of texture that tingles all the senses.'
'The Guardian'
'It is her gift to take you from the known to the unknown without betraying the point of origin'
Independent on Sunday

Peter Brook Open Space Award 1994 for the Outstanding Body of Work at Theatr Clwyd
Liverpool Post and Echo Arts Award 1992 for the Best Director (‘the Devils')
TMA Regional theatre Awards 1995 for Best Director ('The Rose Tattoo')
Contact International Festival, Torun 1994 Critics Award – (‘Full Moon)
Manchester Evening News Award 1996 for Best Production ('The Hindle Wakes')
Manchester Evening News Awards 1997 for Best Production (Much Ado about Nothing')
Polish Festival of Premieres, Bydgoszcz 2004 - Grand Prix for Best Director ('Victory')

Born in Poland Helena trained at the Polish Academy of Theatre (PWST) in Warsaw and later at RADA in London. She gained Director’s Diploma from both and M.Phil. from University of Warsaw. Prior to settling in UK and parallel with her training as a Director Helena worked for 8 years as a leading juvenile actress with the Ida Kaminska State Theatre in Poland with whom she toured internationally to Vienna, Paris and London.

(Selected credits) in Britain, Poland, Canada, Israel, USA, Japan and Republic of Ireland includes:

THE LOWER DEPTHS (Arcola Theatre, London)
SONS WITHOUT FATHERS Chekov's Platonov - adapt H Kaut-Howson (Arcola Theatre, London)
THE THIEF Leonov - adapt. H Kaut-Howson (Teatr Polski, Bielsko, Poland),
MARIO &THE MAGICIAN - Thomas Mann Adapt. H.Kaut-Howson , British premiere (Kings Head Theatre, London),
STRIKE and DEMONSTRATION - Arnold Hinchliffe (Unity Theatre, London),
THE SPORT OF MY MAD MOTHER./PUNK ROCK OPERA - Based on Ann Jellicoe’s play The Round House, London).
HENRY IV Part 2 Shakespeare , HENRY V,Shakespeare AMADEUS Shaffer , all for Octagon Theatre ,Bolton.
BOESMAN AND LENA - Athol Fugard,
CAT’S PLAY, Istvan Orkeny, ALPHA BETA Ted Whitehead, A DOLL’S HOUSE,Henrik Ibsen ,DUSA FISH STAS &VI Pam Gems (all at Habimah National Theatre of Israel),
HAGOEL – Musical based on David Terson’s play - Jerusalem Theatre, Israel
REMEMBRANCE - Graham Read (Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv Israel).
DUET FOR ONE - Tom Kempinski (Basingstoke Playhouse)
NEXT - Terence Mc Nally Zavta Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel
SUNSET - Isaac Babel (Oxford Playhouse , Oxford and Half Moon Theatre, London
VASSA - Gorky , version by HKH , British premiere , Greenwich Theatre , London
WEREWOLVES – Lubkiewicz / HKH , British premiere Open Theatre London
THE SEAGULL- Chekhov and VASSA – Gorky/ HKH , Candian Premiere (Centaur Theatre, Montreal, Canada),
SUMMERFOLK - Gorky , Botho Strauss , WEREWOLVES , Lunkiwicz / HKH – Canadian Premiere (NTS,Theatre de Neuvaux Monde Montreal,
ANOTHER COUNTRY - Julian Mitchell
LITTLE FOXES - Lilian Hellman , JANE EYRE – Charlotte Bronte /Fay Weldon- all at Leeds Playhouse, Leeds.
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – Shakespeare, Leicester Haymarket Theatre,
SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS - Alan Ayckbourn - Birmingham Rep , Birmingham
THE BEGGAR’S OPERA - John Gay (Tour of the Netherlands and Germany)
THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA - F G Lorca/ Frank McGuinnes all at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Ulster
THE BEGGAR’S OPERA 1989 REMIX - Andrew Sterling Anthony Ingle, based on John Gay Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
JANE EYRE - Weldon/Bronte , Derby Playhouse, Derby and later at Gate Theatre, Dublin ,Eire
MASKARADE – opera by Carl Nielsen UK premiere, Opera North, Leeds
MAN AND SUPERMAN - George Bernard ShawGlasgow Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
WEREWOLVES - Lubkiewocz/HKH –Irish premiere Druid Theatre, Galway
TESS OF THE DURBERVILLES - Fay Weldon adapt of Thomas Hardy’s novel ,West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
LA DUENA - Roberto Gerhard , UK Premiere, Opera North , Leeds

From 1991 to 1995 Helena was Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Wales.

Her vision and adventurous policy raised the profile of the theatre to an international league and attracted many major artists including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julie Christie, and Kathryn Hunter, Timothy West, Janet Suzman, Maria Aitkeen and others.
She won acclaim and awards for her productions of THE DEVILS,John Whiting, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, JANE EYRE (which subsequently transferred to the Playhouse Theatre, London), FULL MOON (which toured internationally and transferred to the Young Vic, London), A DOLL’S HOUSE, MACBETH and THE ROSE TATTOO

Her work was featured in a BBC profile ‘Helena of Clwyd’ also in a one hour BBC television documentary ‘ Breaking the Mold’ as well as a number of radio programmes

Since leaving Clwyd Helena’s productions include:

Television version of THE KEEP - Hugh Thomas (BBC Wales),
The musical GOLDFADEN’S DREAM - Goldfaden , Rotbaum (Yidishpiel, Tel Aviv, Israel)
THE SEAGULL - Chekhov (NTS Montreal, Quebec),
LA DUENA - Gerhard ,revival Opera North,
HINDLE WAKES - Stanley Broughton (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester),
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH - Tenesee Williams , Israeli premiere ,Haifa Theatre, Israel,
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL - Shakespeare, Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, London,
KING LEAR - Sahkesoeare, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, subsequently transferred to the Young Vic, London and touring to Globe Theatre, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan .

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Shakespeare , Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
MAJOR BARBARA - GB Shaw , Shaw Festival Theatre, Niagara on the Lake, Canada
HINDLE WAKES – Revival (Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre),
THE MASTER AND MARGARITA H - from the novel by Bulgakov, adapted by HKaut-Howson –National Theatre Studio, London,
SUMMERFOLK - Gorky/Botho Strauss, UC Davis, California, USA,
WEREWOLVES – (Edinburgh and tour of Scotland by Communicado Theatre Company of which she was Artistic Director between 1998 and 2000)

Helena’s successful relationship with the Manchester Royal Exchange continues with a number of acclaimed productions:
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - William Shakespeare
MARRIAGE OF FIGARO -by Baumarchais and YERMA by FG Lorca aadoated by Pam Gems , all at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
VICTORY - Howard Barker , Polsh premiere ,translated and directed by Helena at the Wroclaw Wspolczesny Theatre in Poland.
FESTEN – first UK performance , Capitol Theatre MMU, Manchester
MEASURE FOR MEASURE - Shakespeare Teatr Slowackiego. Krakow, Poland
THE PEOPLES TEMPLE - LAMDA Mac Owan Theatre, London

Recent productions:

PLATONOV Chekhov / Marton ,GBS Theatre, RADA London
–inspired by the stories of Bruno Schulz (UCDavis, California USA)
YERMA FG Lorca/ Frank Mc Guiness Arcola Theatre, London

DIE FLEDERMAUS -Johann Strauss, Opera Wroclawska, Wroclaw Poland
KOANGA –Frederic Delius, Pegasus Opera Co. Saddlers Wells, London
DEMONS – from Dostoyevsky. Written and directed by HKH , Linbury Studio, London

INNOCENCE – by Dea Loher, Capitol Theatre, Manchester
SPRING AWAKENING, Wedekind - Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, Poland

THE MISER , Moliere, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester,
A TENDER THING – Ben Power, (adapt of Romeo and Juliet) Royal Shakespeare Company , Newcastle Season

INNOCENCE – Dea Loher , professional British Premiere, Arcola , London
MESSIAEN AND HIS ANGEL by M, Wazacz and H, Kaut-Howson, The Griffin, Totonto , Canada

UNCLE VANYA – Chekhov, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Arcola Theatre, London,
BLOOD WEDDING – FG Lorca Theatr Studio , Warsaw , Poland

A TENDER THING  - Ben Power's adapt, of Romeo and Julier, the Swan Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon\

PLATONOV - Chekhov, Lymbery Studio, LAMDA

EXPLODING LEAR - laboratory production, UCLA , Los Angeles, , USA

SONS WITHOUT FATHERS - H. Kaut-Howson's adapt of Chechiv's , The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Arcola Theatre , London

VASSA - H Kaut Howson's adapt of Gorky's play , Manchester school of Theatre, MMU , Manchester

TE NASZE PIEKNE LATA - Polish Cabaret written and directed by HKH,, Scena Poetycka POSK Theatre

SANATORIUM UNDER THE SIGN OF THE HOURGLASS -Based on Bruno Schulz, Manchester School of Theatre, MMU, Manchester


Parallel with her professional career Helena pursues her commitment to the training of actors by regularly directing and teaching, National Theatre School of Canada, UC Davis, USA, MMU Manchester as well as LAMDA and RADA where she is an Associate.