Welcome to the website of stage director and musician Thomas Guthrie



Thomas Guthrie is an innovative and award-winning director, musician, actor and writer working with theatre, music, text and movement to tell stories that entertain, engage, and bind communities together to help give them identity. He is the founding artistic director of GOTcompany, and founder of the charity Music and Theatre for All.

Equally at home devising new theatrical and musical work, working with actors and singers, performing, singing and writing, Tom also works with non-professionals of all ages and backgrounds. Some of his most thrilling projects have been in this field, including with Streetwise Opera and the Royal Opera House, through whom he has inspired hundreds to connect with their inner Caruso and raise the roof. His production of Ludd and Isis, an opera commissioned to launch the ROH’s new Production Park in Thurrock, involving a cast of hundreds, including professionals and amateurs of all ages, was acclaimed as ‘one of the Royal Opera House’s grandest achievements’.

“Thomas Guthrie is hot news. His imagination knows no bounds”


Click here to see the Guardian’s recent photo essay on Tom’s Barbiere revival at ROH, 2016

Click here to watch Tom perform with Bjarte Eike’s Alehouse Boys on the BBC in 2016

Click here to watch a video on the making of the London premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Monster in the Maze conducted by Simon Rattle and directed by Tom from 2015

Click here for GOTcompany’s Death Actually trailer, here to watch a 1 minute trailer for their Die schöne Müllerin and here for 1 minute of the Bach Motets (all from 2014)

Click here to watch Tom’s appearance with puppet on Tom Service’s Schubertlab on Radio 3 from March 2012

Click here to read a full biography on the Percius website

Click here for more information on projects led by GOTcompany

Most recent

Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St Alban’s Abbey, February 2016

Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, RNCM, March 2016


‘director Thomas Guthrie has created a fascinating take on Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte… highly effective, true to its original and up-to-date at the same time’, Manchester Theatre Awards

‘seriously effective… one might easily imagine it gracing Glyndebourne’, Seen and Heard International

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Sestina, Northern Ireland, April 2016

‘truly excellent’, Belfast Telegraph

‘compelling, alluring, and gently devastating, a triumph for the power of the collective in an almost full house worthy of its presence’, The Big List

GOTcompany’s Real Life Actually installation, Brighton Festival, May 2016

‘more meaning to my present life than I could ever describe in words here’

‘bold/radical in its simplicity, intimacy and informality’

‘creative, moving, a beautiful expression of death’ (audience feedback)

Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Longborough Festival Opera, July 2016

***** ‘highly evocative…strong, cogent production’ (Plays to See)

**** ‘economy of means.. very likeable’ (Classical Source)

**** ‘simple, warm production’ (Bachtrack)

‘intelligent… convincing… many flashes of humour… thought-provoking… Mozart speaking to the world of today’ (Seen and Heard International)

‘thoughtful, dynamic’ (MusicOMH)

‘canny choice of setting, elegantly rendered’ (Spectator)

‘fizzes with joyous interaction’ (Musical Opinion)

ROH Thurrock Community Chorus 5th Anniversary Gala, July 2016

‘I LOVE you guys!!!!! Soo proud of you all and thanks for an amazing evening’ (Tom Guthrie)

Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, ROH, September 2016

**** ‘Thomas Guthrie’s reworking of Leiser and Caurier’s 2005 production is tremendous fun’, Guardian

**** ‘Now, as revived by Thomas Guthrie, the show fizzes because of its wonderfully assured performers’, Times

Mrs Mozart, Bergen Opera, August and October 2016


Murmartinstein, Bergen Opera, ‘Mimi Goes Glamping’ and Ulvsnesøy Prison, August and December 2016

See here for Mary Miller’s blog

Alehouse Boys, Barokksolistene dir Bjarte Eike, 2016

Watch BBC clip here

Classical Opera Company, London, March 2017

**** ‘The production was nimble and effective.. wonderful fun’ (Observer)

**** ‘an unmixed pleasure.. unfussily effective, Classical-era staging by Thomas Guthrie.. the real deal’ (Arts Desk)

**** ‘kept things simple.. allowing the vigour of Mozart’s score to speak out with vivid immediacy’ (Classical Source)

‘entirely ego-free.. a true love of the music placed in the forefront.. a compact, delightful time’ (Schmopera)




18 Monteverdi’s Orfeo (stage director), I Fagiolini, St John Smith’s Square, LONDON

20 Monteverdi’s Vespers (performer), Greg MorrisSt James’ Piccadilly, LONDON


10 Alehouse (performer), Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene, Salisbury Arts CentreSalisbury Festival, SALISBURY

12 and 13 Mozart’s Grabmusik and Apollo et Hyancinthus (stage director), Classical Opera Company, St John’s Smith Square, LONDON

12 Alehouse CD launch concert (performer), Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene, Bush Hall, LONDON

12 St Matthew Passion (performer and stage director), York Early Music Festival, YORK

13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22 Mozart’s Magic Flute, Longborough Festival Opera cond Anthony Negus, (stage director), LONGBOROUGH

28 Bizet’s Carmen, cond Adam Green, Prison Choir Project, DARTMOOR PRISON

12 Sept – 14 Oct Mozart’s Magic Flute (revival stage director), Royal Opera House, LONDON

September to January ’18
Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

8, 11 and 12 Monteverdi’s Orfeo (stage director), Brighton Early Music Festival, BRIGHTON


12, 13 Monteverdi’s Orfeo (stage director), Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

dates tbc Wagner’s Flying Dutchman (stage director), Longborough Festival Opera con Anthony Negus, LONGBOROUGH