Christopher Haydon, Artistic Director


Christopher Haydon was Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre from 2012-2017. Prior to that he was an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre. 

His credits at the Gate include The Convert, Diary of a Madman (also Traverse Theatre), The Iphigenia Quartet, The Christians (also Traverse Theatre, winner: Fringe First), Image of an Unknown Young Woman (winner: Best Production, Off West End Awards), The Edge of Our Bodies, Trojan Women, Purple Heart, The Prophet and Wittenburg.

Other theatre credits include Macbeth (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Remains of the Day (Royal and Derngate/Out of Joint), Trying It On (China Plate/Traverse Theatre/RSC/Royal Court), On the Exhale (China Plate/Traverse Theatre), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep/West End), Sixty-Six Books, In the Beginning (Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey), Grace, Pressure Drop (On Theatre), Deep Cut (Sherman Cymru/National Tour), Monsters, Notes from Underground (Arcola Theatre) and A Number (Salisbury Playhouse).

As a film director, his short films include Martha (Premiered at the BFI London Film Festival); In Wonderland (winner of the award for Best Drama at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival),  The Taming of the Shrew/Two Gentleman of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe), Devil in the Detail (Royal Court Theatre/Guardian). He also produced Passages: A Windrush Celebration, which comprised of seven films about the Windrush generation for Black Apron/Royal Court Theatre.

As a journalist he has written for: The Scotsman, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman and Prospect Magazine. He is the co-editor of three books: Conversations on Religion, Conversations on Truth (Continuum), and Identity and Identification (Black Dog); and the author of The Art of The Artistic Director, published in 2019 by Bloomsbury. He is a trustee of Theatre Peckham and the JMK Trust.