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Ian Wooldridge is a freelance director and also Dean of The British American Drama Academy, where he works alongside leading British actors and directors training American theatre students.

He was Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh, where he produced 100 plays, directing 41 of them himself. Before this he was Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company, based at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.

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  • Wozzeck

    “Notable and absorbing. A good director who understands the material perfectly.”
    El Mercurio

  • The Crucible

    “A magnificent, thorough, passionate production of Arthur Miller's great play.”
    The Guardian

  • Woyzeck

    “A vivid, shocking dramatic fusillade, cleverly interpreted and very well acted.”
    The Scotsman

  • Three Sisters

    “Catches perfectly the Chekhovian tone: the lacerating but compassionate humour, the utter lack of tearful sentiment.”
    The Sunday Times

  • Tartuffe

    “One of the best Moliere performances I have ever seen.”
    The Sunday Times

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    “Ian Wooldridge's eloquent, moving and powerfully-staged production.”
    The Guardian

  • The Merchant of Venice

    “A lucid and intelligent production.”
    Plays and Players

  • Mother Courage

    “An important production and a courageous one.”
    The Scotsman

  • A View from the Bridge

    “Ian Wooldridge's production is bold, solid and grounded in reality, but brings out beautifully the full depth of the play.”
    The Independent

  • The House of Bernarda Alba

    “Ian Wooldridge presents the play with a fine flourish.”
    The Observer

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    “The domestic atmosphere is highly charged at Edinburgh's Lyceum, where the company have added another to their record of fine productions of modern American classics.”
    The Independent

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    “I could imagine a different production of the play, I find it difficult to envisage a better one.”
    The Times

  • Look Back in Anger

    “A production of consistent strength which nowhere blurs and never falters.”
    The Times

  • The Odd Couple

    “A very slick production.”
    The Herald

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    “A wonderful blend of experimentation and flat-out entertainment.”
    Tallahassee Democrat

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    “The production bears the stamp of Wooldridge's fascination with American culture. The way he weaves such disparate elements into a cohesive, comic whole is wonderous indeed – a reminder that the outsider's eye is sometimes keenest.”
    Tallahassee Democrat

  • The Tempest

    “'Shakespeare would roll over in his grave' said one excited patron at the break in The Tempest. 'But I love it!'.”
    Pitch Weekly

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    “Ian Wooldridge masterfully employs the acting and design talent to imagine this smart, tight comedy.”
    The Ithaca Journal

  • The Homecoming

    “One of those productions which mine unexpected elements out of a play you think you know quite well.”
    The Sunday Times

  • Doctor Faustus

    “Thrillingly ambitious.”
    The Times

  • Macbeth

    “Wooldridge is daring and brave. He knows what he wants, and has definitely achieved it in Chile!”
    El Mercurio

  • Macbeth

    “A powerful and inspiring revival of Shakespeare's ultimate tragedy. Courageous and assertive, Wooldridge captures the true essence of tragedy.”
    La Segunda

  • Merlin: The Search for the Grail

    “This powerful, ambitious, inventive and utterly fascinating British premiere of Tankred Dorst’s Arthurian drama.”
    The Guardian

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    “Wooldridge’s production surges with energy and colour – a memorable night at the theatre.”
    The Herald

  • Merlin: The Search for the Grail

    “It is Wooldridge’s direction that makes the play: swift, muscular, and using the deep Lyceum stage to brilliant effect.”
    The Sunday Times

  • The School for Wives

    “One of the boldest, barest and most effective productions of a classical comedy – the whole evening has a celebratory feel.”
    The Scotsman

  • Merlin: The Search for the Grail

    “Words are inadequate to try to semaphore the density of sensory experience that erupts from such an inspired piece of theatre-making.”
    The Herald

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    “A classic given a very vigorous new lease of life.”
    The Daily Express

  • Merlin: The Search for the Grail

    “A blazing, earthy, energetic, modern re-working of the Arthurian legend, performed with tremendous confidence and conviction, and quite brilliantly staged and choreographed.”
    The Guardian

  • The Marriage of Figaro

    “This irresistibly detailed ‘Marriage’ is the latest in a string of productions of charged dramatic abandonment and cohesiveness.”
    The Scotsman

  • Merlin: The Search for the Grail

    “This is Wooldridge’s last production here: he leaves after nine years as artistic director, having put the Lyceum once again well in the front rank of British regional playhouses. It will be hard to equal his achievement.”
    The Sunday Times

  • Waiting for Godot

    “This production proves that Beckett’s masterpiece is as compelling as ever.”
    The Scotsman