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Graham Watts


“Graham has developed a career and reputation in the classics and new writing that places him among our leading directors” 

Terry Hands

Former Artistic Director

Royal Shakespeare Company




Graham Watts has directed around 130 professional theatre productions, several short films, has worked in television, written for theatre, radio, and film, and has enormous experience leading workshops and education work. A number of Graham's radio plays can be listened to at under "Podcasts".

He is well known for reviving lost classics, (particularly those written by women,) the latest being the World Premiere of “Garry” by Sophie Treadwell (1954) which received a ‘Standing Ovation Award’ nomination and a 4 Star review from Michael Billington in “The Guardian” (See Reviews)

In 2018 he directed the first ever production of Margaret Cavendish's "The Unnatural Tragedy" (1662) for which he has been nominated for Best Director in the Off-West End Theatre Awards (See Press Quotes page for reviews). Script available on request.

During the Covid 19 pandemic Graham founded a You Tube channel “Lost Ladies (found)” in which he produced and directed full Zoom productions of plays written by women from the past but ignored. There are currently 10 different plays presented by companies right across the world plus introductions and other extras, free to view.

Graham's book Shakespeare's Authentic Performance Texts has been published by McFarland and is available at all book outlets including UK and US Amazon.

He enjoys life working freelance, especially outside of the UK, and this has led to projects in Spain, Ireland, Australia, Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Finland, Poland, Germany, Austria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malta, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

In America he has “O1 – Extraordinary Ability In The Arts” visa status which enables him to work in the USA.

His production of “Much Ado About Nothing” played a season in Washington Square Park, New York City, in the summer of 2005.

Shakespeare's Authentic Performance Texts

In July 2006 Graham’s “Henry V” performed during the World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane Australia. (For details see News).

Companies he has worked for include the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Great Britain, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre London, English Shakespeare Company, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Granada Television, Hull Truck, Mercury Theatre, Colchester (where he was Associate Director), and the English Theatres in Vienna, Hamburg and Frankfurt.

Graham is particularly known for his work on Shakespeare (having directed 18 separate Shakespeare plays in 30 productions) but also new writing, education, and short films.

He is always interested in projects large or small, anywhere in the world, and can be reached at


Graham is represented by Richard Ireson at The Narrow Road Company. All work enquiries should be directed to Richard on +44 (0)207 831 4450 or



Graham Watts
163, Ryedene Place
SS16 4TF
United Kingdom

Telephone: + 44 (0)1268 557236

Fax: + 44 (0)1268 557236

Mobile: + 44 (0)7711 730769



Graham is represented by Richard Ireson at The Narrow Road Company.

All work enquiries should be directed to Richard on

+44 (0)207 831 4450 or

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