Vicky Featherstone

“As somebody who believes deeply in the transformational power of theatre, it is a privilege to be able to endorse and support the life-changing and vital work of Roundabout.

The expertise, dedication and sector leadership of this brilliant company has been a lifeline to so many young people, using drama therapy as a tool to understand, make change and empower.

If only they could work across the whole country with everyone that needs them. What a change we would see.”

Vicky Featherstone joined the Royal Court as Artistic Director in January 2013. Her most recent work is co-directing the Royal Court/National Theatre Wales co-production of Ed Thomas’ On Bear Ridge, which opens at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff before running at the Royal Court in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in October 2019.

At the Court she has recently directed Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland, a co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin which also ran at the Public Theater in New York, and which she first directed in 2016.

Previous directing at the Royal Court includes Anoushka Warden’s My Mum’s a Twat (as co-director); Simon Longman’s Gundog; Natal’ya Vorozhbit’s Bad Roads; Chris Thorpe’s Victory Condition; Alistair McDowall’s X; Zinnie Harris’s How to Hold Your Breath; Molly Davies’s award-winning God Bless the Child; Maidan: Voices from the Uprising; Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract; Dennis Kelly’s The Ritual Slaughter of George Mastromas; Ali McDowall’s Talk Show; Nicole Beckwith’s Untitled Matriach Play and The President Has Come to See You by Georgian playwright Lasha Bugadze.

Her other work includes the NToS production of Lee Hall’s Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the National Theatre and on tour; Enquirer, An Appointment with the Wicker Man; 27; The Wheel; Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland); The Small Things; Pyrenees; On Blindness; Tiny Dynamite; Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco; Splendour; and Crave (Paines Plough).

Vicky was Artistic Director of Paines Plough 1997-2005 and was the founding Artistic Director of The National Theatre of Scotland 2005-2012. She began her career at West Yorkshire Playhouse and in television.