Terry Johnson Director
Terry Johnson’s work has been performed all over Great Britain and worldwide. He is the recipient of 11 major British theatre awards including the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Critics’ Circle Best Musical 2009 for La Cage Aux Folles. He also won the Olivier Awards for Best Comedy of 1994 and of 1999, Playwright of the Year 1995, Critics Circle Best New Play 1995, the League of American Theatres and Producers Best Touring Play 2001, two Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Time Out Best Play Award 1995, Writers’ Guild Best Play 1995, Writers’ Guild Best Play 1996, the Mayer-Whitworth Award 1993 and the John Whiting Award 1991. In addition he has received over a dozen further nominations for various awards.
In recent years he has had 12 productions running in London’s West End: The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, La Cage Aux Folles, Rainman, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Graduate, Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John’s Glasses and The Memory Of Water. He has twice worked with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, directing John Malkovitch in The Libertine, which was nominated for five Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and Lost Land, both plays by Stephen Jeffries.
For the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain he has written and directed three productions: Cleo Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The London Cuckolds and Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley.
In addition he has written and directed television drama that has been broadcast worldwide, most recently: The Man Who Lost His Head for ITV and Not Only But Always for Channel 4, which won five international award nominations, Best Film at Banff, and the Best Actor Bafta for Rhys Ifans. He wrote and directed Cor Blimey! for ITV, which was nominated by the Royal Television Society as Best Drama. He also wrote The Bite for the BBC and ABC Australia. His film Way Upstream was chosen for the London Film Festival and Insignificance was the official British entry at Cannes in 1985.
He is a former Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre where he has had five of his own plays, Insignificance, Cries From The Mammal House, Hysteria, Hitchcock Blonde and Piano/Forte. He has produced and has directed two further premieres including: Joe Penhall’s Dumb Show. He is exceedingly proud that his play Hysteria is currently featured on a Royal Court 50th anniversary mug.