Sir Trevor Robert Nunn, CBE (born 14 January 1940) is an English theatre director. Nunn has been the Artistic Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and, currently, the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. He has directed dramas for the stage, like , as well as opera and musicals, such as Macbeth (1981) and Cats (1985).
Nunn has been nominated for the
Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, winning Tonys for Cats, Les Misérables, and and the Olivier Awards for productions of Nicholas Nickleby , Summerfolk , The Merchant of Venice , and Troilus and Cressida Nicholas Nickleby. In 2008 The Telegraph named him among the most influential people in British culture. He has also directed works for film and television.
Nunn was born in
Ipswich, England, to Robert Alexander Nunn, a cabinetmaker, and Dorothy May Piper. As a small boy he loved reading but his parents had little money for books. However an aunt had more books, including a complete  Shakespeare which he devoured whenever the family visited her. In the end she gave it to him. 
He was educated at
Northgate Grammar School, Ipswich and Downing College, Cambridge. At Northgate, he had an inspiring English teacher, Peter Hewett, who also directed the school plays. Hewett encouraged him to sit the scholarship exam in Cambridge in the hope of studying under  F. R. Leavis at Downing. Hewett also persuaded the headmaster to help with the cost of Nunn staying in Cambridge to take the exam. Nunn's father could not afford it and the headmaster had refused at first so Nunn was close to giving up. At Downing, Nunn began his stage career and first met contemporaries  Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. In 1962, he directed  for Macbeth The Marlowe Society and he directed that year's Footlights. He also won a Director's Scholarship, becoming a trainee director at the  Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. 
In 1964, Nunn joined the
Royal Shakespeare Company and in 1968 he was appointed Artistic Director of the RSC, a position he held until 1986 (latterly with Terry Hands from 1978). 
His first wife,
Janet Suzman, appeared in many of his productions, such as the 1974 televised version of his . Antony and Cleopatra Nunn directed the RSC production of  starring Macbeth Ian McKellen in the title role and Dame Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth in 1976. Nunn staged the action of the drama with not only the paying audience, but also the audience of all of the actors in the production not in the ongoing scene--they sat on wooden crates just beyond the main playing space.  
Nunn became a leading figure in theatrical circles, and was responsible for many significant productions, such as the RSC's version of
Dickens's , co-directed with Nicholas Nickleby John Caird, and a 1976 musical adaptation of the Shakespeare play  . The Comedy of Errors  
A very successful director of musicals, in the non-subsidised sector, Nunn directed the musical
(1981), Cats formerly the longest running musical in  Broadway's history, and the first English production of in 1985, also with Les Misérables John Caird, which has been running continuously in London since opening.  Nunn also directed the little-known 1986 Webber-Rice musical  , at Cricket Windsor Castle. Besides  Cats and Les Misérables Nunn's other musical credits include Starlight Express and  . Sunset Boulevard He became Artistic Director of the  Royal National Theatre in September 1997, a position he retained until 2003.
Later London credits include
, My Fair Lady  (at the South Pacific Royal National Theatre),  , The Woman in White  and Othello (2005), Acorn Antiques: The Musical!  , The Royal Hunt of the Sun Rock 'n' Roll and  in 2006 at the Porgy and Bess Savoy Theatre (an abridged version with dialogue instead of recitatives, unlike Nunn's first production of the opera). 
We Happy Few, a play by his second wife Imogen Stubbs, in 2004. Stubbs often appears in his productions, including the 1996  Twelfth Night film. Nunn directed a modern production of Shakespeare's in 2004, which starred Hamlet Ben Whishaw in the title role, and Imogen Stubbs as Gertrude, and was staged at the Old Vic Theatre in London. 
In 2007, he directed the RSC productions of
and King Lear , which played at Stratford before embarking on a world tour (including the The Seagull Brooklyn Academy of Music) and then playing at the New London Theatre from November 2007. The two plays both starred Ian McKellen, Romola Garai, Frances Barber, Sylvester McCoy, and William Gaunt. Nunn's  television production of was screened on King Lear Boxing Day, 2008 with McKellen in the title role. 
In 2008, he returned to The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry (the theatre where he started his career) to direct
Joanna Murray-Smith's adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film starring Scenes from a Marriage Imogen Stubbs and Iain Glen. His musical adaptation of  opened at the Gone with the Wind New London Theatre in April 2008 and, after poor reviews, closed on 14 June 2008 after 79 performances. In December 2008, he directed a revival of  at the A Little Night Music Menier Chocolate Factory, which transferred to the West End at the Garrick Theatre in 2009. The production transferred to Broadway, opening in November 2009, with  Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desiree Armfeldt and Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt. Other members of the original London cast also transferred with the production. The production closed in January 2011 after 425 performances. 
In 2010, Nunn directed a revival of the
Andrew Lloyd Webber musical from July to September 2010 at the Aspects of Love Menier Chocolate Factory and the play  , which opened in September 2010 at the Comedy Theatre, based on the Birdsong Sebastian Faulks novel of the same title. 
Nunn marked his debut as Artistic Director of the
Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with a revival of (as part of the playwright, Flare Path Terence Rattigan's, centenary year celebrations). The production, starring Sienna Miller, James Purefoy and Sheridan Smith, opened in March 2011 and closed in June 2011, and was followed by productions of  , (June - August 2011) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and  , starring The Tempest Ralph Fiennes (September - October 2011). His final production at the Haymarket,  The Lion in Winter (November 2011 - January 2012), stars Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay. 
Nunn retuend to the Haymarket in 2014 to direct the play
. Fatal Attraction 
Film and opera
Nunn has directed opera at
Glyndebourne. He re-staged his highly successful Glyndebourne production of Gershwin's for television in 1993, Porgy and Bess and was highly praised.   
He has directed for film, including
(1986), Lady Jane , an adaptation of Hedda Hedda Gabler, and a 1996 film version of Shakespeare's . Twelfth Night 
Nunn has been married three times. He was married to actress
Janet Suzman from 17 October 1969 until their divorce in 1986. They have one child, Joshua. The Times reported in April 1986: "Janet Suzman, aged 47, the actress, was granted a divorce in London yesterday from Trevor Nunn, aged 46, the theatre director ... They have a son, Joshua, aged five."  He has another two children, Laurie and Amy, with his second wife, Sharon Lee-Hill; they divorced in 1991. According to  The Times, "Trevor Nunn, the theatre director, was divorced yesterday by his wife Sharon Lee Hill."   
In 1994, he married actress
Imogen Stubbs with whom he has two children, Ellie and Jesse. The Press Association reported on 18 September 1994: "Director Trevor Nunn and actress Imogen Stubbs, who wed in secret at a London register office on Saturday, had their marriage blessed today in a low-key service at a village church." In April 2011 Stubbs announced that she and Sir Trevor were to separate.  
In 1998 Nunn was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the
Labour Party. In 2002, he was knighted.  
As of May 2011, Nunn was in a relationship with
Nancy Dell'Olio, but by the end of the year it was reported the relationship had ended.  
In 2014, Nunn told the Telegraph that Shakespeare was his religion. "Shakespeare has more wisdom and insight about our lives, about how to live and how not to live, how to forgive and how to understand our fellow creatures, than any religious tract. One hundred times more than the Bible. I'm sorry to say that. But over and over again in the plays there is an understanding of the human condition that doesn't exist in religious books."
Source: Internet Broadway Database Listing
- 13 December 2009 - 20 June 2010, re-opened 13 July 2010 A Little Night Music
- 4 November 2007 - 9 March 2008 Rock 'n' Roll
Les Misérables (revival) - 9 November 2006 - 6 January 2008
- 17 November 2005 - 19 February 2006 The Woman in White
- 22 September 2003 (Benefit Concert) Chess
(as original producer) - 6 March 2003 - 4 May 2003 Vincent in Brixton
- 21 March 2002 - 23 February 2003 Oklahoma!
(as original producer) - 1 November 2001 - 1 September 2002 Noises Off
Rose Written by Martin Sherman (as original producer) - 12 April 2000 - 20 May 2000
(as original producer) - 11 April 2000 - 21 January 2001 Copenhagen
(as original producer) - 15 April 1999 - 18 July 1999 Amy's View
(as original producer) - 25 March 1999 - 22 August 1999 Closer
- 25 February 1999 - 13 June 1999 Not About Nightingales
- 30 March 1995 - 27 August 1995 Arcadia
Sunset Boulevard - 17 November 1994 - 22 March 1997
- 8 April 1990 - 2 March 1991 Aspects of Love
Chess - 28 April 1988 - 25 June 1988
- 15 March 1987 - 8 January 1989 Starlight Express
Les Misérables - 12 March 1987 - 18 May 2003
- 24 August 1986 - 12 October 1986 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
André DeShield's (Featuring songs with lyrics by Trevor Nunn) - 18 November 1984 - 30 December 1984 Harlem Nocturne
(as original producer) - 16 October 1984 - 19 January 1985 Cyrano de Bergerac
(as original producer) - 14 October 1984 - 16 January 1985 Much Ado About Nothing
- 13 April 1983 - 15 May 1983 All's Well that Ends Well
(as original producer) - 13 October 1982 - 30 January 1983 Good
Cats - 7 October 1982 - 10 September 2000
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - 4 October 1981 - 3 January 1982
- 5 February 1981 - 28 June 1981 Piaf
(as original producer) - 5 December 1974 - 12 January 1975 London Assurance
(as original producer) - 12 November 1974 - 4 January 1976 Sherlock Holmes
(as original producer) - 16 November 1971 - 26 February 1972 Old Times (as original producer) - 20 January 1971 - 13 March 1971 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Source: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
A Chorus of Disapproval - 2012
The Lion in Winter - 2011
Flare Path - 2011
Birdsong - 2010
Aspects of Love - 2010
A Little Night Music - 2009
Inherit The Wind - 2009
Gone with the Wind - 2008
King Lear - 2007
The Seagull - 2007
Porgy and Bess - 2006
Acorn Antiques: The Musical! - 2005
The Woman in White - 2004
Anything Goes - 2002
South Pacific - 2001
My Fair Lady - 2001
Oklahoma! - 1998
Sunset Boulevard - 1993
The Baker's Wife - 1989
Aspects of Love - 1989
Chess - 1986
Les Misérables - 1985
Starlight Express - 1984 Cats - 1981
Contemporary British and Irish film Directors 
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1979)
BBC2 Playhouse (TV series) - (1 episode, 1979)
The Three Sisters (1981 TV movie)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982 TV mini-series)
(1990 TV movie) Othello
Porgy and Bess (1993 TV movie)
(1999 TV movie) Oklahoma!
The Merchant of Venice (2001 TV movie) (2008 TV Movie) King Lear
Awards and nominations
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Tony Awards Database (broadwayworld.com)  Drama Desk History  Olivier Awards, Past Nominees and Winners  
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