London acting coach, theatre director, Guy Retallack
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Guy Retallack - Theatre Director, Acting Coach

biography

Guy trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), doing the Stage Management Course, having taken advice from director Deborah Warner.

As a stage manager Guy worked in the West End, at the Old Vic Theatre under Jonathan Miller, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

During the early 1990s Guy was a founder member and director of London based Company of Clerks, with whom he did numerous shows including the highly acclaimed "The Master and Margarita" by Bulgakov (BAC), for which he was nominated Most Promising Newcomer by Plays International.

Guy's real training and development as a director came from his extensive experiences as an assistant and associate to some of Great Britain's most talented and successful directors, including Howard Davies (National Theatre), Jeremy Sams (NT and PW/Old Vic). Guy worked with Stephen Daldry over a two year period, as associate director on the internationally acclaimed "An Inspector Calls" (PW/National Theatre). Guy's most formative experience as a young director came from his four year apprenticeship with Max Stafford Clark (Out of Joint/Royal Court); this included the celebrated production of "Shopping and F***ing" by Mark Ravenhill.

Since 1998 Guy has been Artistic Director of Wild Thyme Theatre Company, which toured bold reimaginings of Shakespeare's classics, including "Richard III", set in the 1960s East End, starring Eddie Marsan (from his original idea).

In 2002 Guy began a collaboration with Filter Theatre, which resulted in "Faster", a show that was to grow and evolve over the following three years, playing London, touring nationally, internationally, and eventually finishing at the 59E59 Festival in New York in 2005.

2004 saw Guy directing a new play,but in a classical mould, by Glyn Maxwell, the prize winning poet; "The Lifeblood" was sharply focused contemporary take on the last days of Mary Stuart, written in iambic pentameter. The production was such a critical that it led to the formation, by Sue Scott Davison of Lifeblood Theatre Company. The collaboration between Guy, Glyn Maxwell, and Sue Scott Davison has led to further projects including "Liberty", at Shakespeare's Globe and on tour, and most recently a development of "The Gambler", a reworking of Dostoevsky's classic novella, which is also being developed for BBC Radio 3.

2006-2008 Guy was Literary Manager at Bill Kenwright Productions, during this time Guy worked on script development, and doing a number of playreadings with Simon Russell Beale, Alex Jennings, Desmond Barrett, Nicholas Le Prevost, Jenny Seagrove, Belinda Lang, Martin Shaw, Patrick Malahide, Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack and Richard Griffiths.

During 2007, Stephen Brown, who wrote the second version of "Faster", asked Guy to direct the World Premiere of Stephen's groundbreaking and provocative play about paedophilia and redemption "Future Me", which was produced at Theatre503. A totally new production of "Future Me" tours in 2009.