George Devine

Artistic Director 1956-1965.

George was the first Artistic Director of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court. He co-founded the Old Vic Theatre School and Young Vic Company, 1946 and the London Theatre Studio, 1936.

Ours is not to be a producer’s theatre, nor an actor’s theatre…it is to be a writer’s theatre.

George Devine


Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco; Happy Days by Samuel Beckett; Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare; August for the People by Nigel Dennis; Platonov by Anton Chekhov (co-directed with John Blatchley); Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen (also West End); Cock-a-Doodle Dandy by Sean O’Casey; Endgame and Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett (both co-directed with Donald McWhinnie); Live Like Pigs by John Arden (co-directed with Anthony Page); Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw; Nekrassov by Jean-Paul Sartre; The Sport of My Mad Mother by Ann Jellicoe (co-directed with Ann Jellicoe); The Country Wife by William Wycherley (also West End); The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht; Don Juan and The Death of Satan by Ronald Duncan; The Crucible by Arthur Miller; The Mulberry Bush by Angus Wilson.


For the Old Vic: King John by William Shakespeare; Bartholomew Fair by Ben Jonson; The Wedding by Anton Chekhov and Electra by Sophocles (both co-directed with Michel Saint Denis); The Tempest by William Shakespeare (co-directed with Marius Goring). For the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (now RSC): King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare; Volpone by Ben Jonson.