images-12014 was a fantastic year. A huge thanks to all who helped make it possible. We launched GOTcompany to rave reviews at the Spitalfields festival, I ran a marathon barefoot and raised thousands for Macmillan Cancer, before reviving Barbiere at ROH, again to excellent reviews. Fairy Queen at Middle Temple Hall also got 5 stars and King Arthur in Northern Ireland won an award. All in all, I enjoyed myself, and more important than all that, my boys are thriving. Osian started at City of London School and dived brilliantly all year, and Inigo got a place at the same school, to start in 2016.
2015 begins with two shows assisting Sir David McVicar at ROH – his new production of Andrea Chenier and his own revival of Die Zauberflöte. I then direct JC Bach’s beautiful Adriano in Siria in the Britten Theatre in April (its first performance since its premiere in 1765), which I hope will mark the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with Classical Opera Company as they build up to their Mozart 250 celebrations. Then I go to Beijing in May to revive the ROH Andrea Chenier. June/July will be GOTcompany again, filming our Bach, and then I’ll be directing Tavener’s extraordinary epic Veil of the Temple in the Trondheim Festival. The year is punctuated by work with the wonderful Alehouse Boys, with whom I make trips to Ireland, Denmark, Norway (twice), and the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at the Globe in London in September. Then later in the autumn I’ll be staging the Two Moor’s Festival brilliant Stephen McNeff commission Tarka The Otter in Exeter, before returning to ROH in November. What a blessed life I lead. I’m looking forward enormously.