Max Stafford-Clark

Artistic Director 1979-1993.

Max was Artistic Director of the Royal Court, 1979-1993 and of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, 1968–1970. He co-founded the Joint Stock Theatre Group in 1974 and founded Out of Joint in 1993.

As far as I am concerned, the Artistic Director of the Royal Court is the leader of the Western World

Max Stafford-Clark


The Arbor and Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar; Top Girls, Serious Money (also West End and New York) and Ice Cream by Caryl Churchill; Our Country’s Good and Three Birds Alighting on a Field by Timberlake Wertenbaker; Operation Bad Apple by GF Newman; Falkland Sound by Louise Page; Tom and Viv (also West End and New York) by Michael Hastings; Rat in the Skull by Ron Hutchinson; Aunt Dan and Lemon (also New York) by Wallace Shawn; My Heart’s a Suitcase by Clare McIntyre; Hush by April de Angelis; The Pope’s Wedding by Edward Bond; The Seagull by Anton Chekhov; The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar; King Lear by William Shakespeare.


O Go My Man and Duck by Stella Feehily; Talking to Terrorists by Robin Soans; Sliding with Suzanne by Judy Upton; Blue Heart by Caryl Churchill; Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill; The Steward of Christendom by Sebastian Barry; The Break of Day by Timberlake Wertenbaker; The Libertine by Stephen Jeffreys; The Man of Mode by George Etherege; Road by Jim Cartwright; The Queen and I (also West End) by Sue Townsend; Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.


For Out of Joint: Andersen’s English, Hinterland and Our Lady of Sligo by Sebastian Barry; Mixed Up North and A State Affair by Robin Soans; King of Hearts and Feelgood (also West End) by Alistair Beaton; A Laughing Matter and The Positive Hour by April De Angelis; Dreams of Violence by Stella Feehily; The Convict’s Opera by Stephen Jeffreys; The Overwhelming by J T Rogers, Macbeth by William Shakespeare; The Permanent Way by David Hare; She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith; Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill; Drummers by Simon Bennett. For the RSC: A Jovial Crew by Richard Brome, The Wives’ Excuse by Thomas Southerne, The Country Wife by William Wycherley. Also The Breath of Life by David Hare (Sydney Theatre Company); The Overwhelming by J T Rogers (Roundabout Theatre, New York). Also, many productions for Joint Stock Theatre Group.


Honorary doctorates from Oxford Brookes University and Warwick University and Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Hertfordshire, Warwick and York. He has written two books, Letters to George and Taking Stock.