William Gaskill

Artistic Director 1965-1972.

William was Artistic Director of the Royal Court 1965-1972. He was also Associate Director of the National Theatre at the Old Vic, 1963 and Founder-Director of Joint Stock Theatre Company, 1974, along with Max Stafford-Clark.


The Gorky Brigade by Nicholas Wright; Yesterday’s News by Jeremy Seabrook (co-directed with Max Stafford-Clark); The Sea, Lear, Saved and Early Morning by Edward Bond; Big Wolf by Harald Mueller (co-directed with Sam Brighton); Man is Man by Bertolt Brecht; Cheek by Howard Barker; Beckett/3: Come and Go and Play by Samuel Beckett; The Double Dealer by William Congreve; Fill the Stage with Happy Hours by Charles Wood; Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov; Macbeth by William Shakespeare; Their Very Own and Golden City by Arnold Wesker; The Performing Giant by Keith Johnstone (co-directed with Keith Johnstone); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton; That’s Us by Henry Chapman; The Happy Haven by John Arden; One Way Pendulum, The Hole and A Resounding Tinkle by N.F. Simpson (also Criterion); Eleven Men Dead at Hola Camp by Keith Johnstone and William Gaskill (co-directed with Keith Johnstone); Brixham Regatta by Keith Johnstone; Sugar in the Morning by Donald Howarth; Epitaph for George Dillon by John Osborne and Anthony Creighton.


Carver, an adaptation of Raymond Carver short stories (Arcola); Fanshen by David Hare, The Speakers, based on the novel by Heathcote Williams (both co-directed with Max Stafford-Clark) and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist by Stephen Lowe (all Joint Stock); Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht, Philoctetes by Sophocles and The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar (all National); Cymbeline by William Shakespeare and The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht (both RSC).