Richard Cottrell (Director)

Biography and photo from the 1969 programme for
Edward II/Richard II tour

Richard Cottrell. who is the Artistic Director of the new Cambridge Theatre Company, has been Prospect's Associate Director since 1966. He trained as an actor in Paris and from 1964 to 1966 was General Manager of the Hampstead Theatre Club where he directed his first production. Feydeau's The Birdwatcher, with Michael Bates and Prunella Scales. His work for Prospect has included works by Anouilh, Pinter. Feydeau, Farquhar's The Constant Couple, with Robert Hardy and Timothy West, which transferred to the New Theatre, and his own translation of The Cherry Orchard with Lila Kedrova and Patrick Wymark which transferred to the Queen's Theatre from the 1967 Edinburgh and Cambridge Festivals. He has translated Feydeau for the company and, with Lance Sieveking, adapted E. M. Forster's Howards End and A Room With A View. With Edward Bond he translated The Three Sisters for the Royal Court. He is currently rehearsing Jonson's The Alchemist and David Turner's Semi-Detached, and in July is to direct his own translation of The Seagull with Lila Kedrova as Madame Arkadina. Richard II, first produced in October 1968, was his first Shakespearian production.

(Preceding bio from 1969)

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