Paddy Glynn in Driving Miss Daisy, photo by Simon Annand



"Astutely directed by Russell Lucas, the evening often feels like a demented three-dimensional Wikipedia page"  THE TIMES


Marksman @ Slunglow

by Matthew Floyd Jones

'Everyone is good under Russell Lucas' direction' - The Londonist


'Goes beyond a mere comedy routine in its fluid arrangement on a bare stage' - WoStage

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'Russell Lucas' captivating production' - A Younger Theatre


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'Warped' (The Cult of the Krays) by Martin Malcolm (Scratch The Arts, London, November)

'Price' by Heather Uprichard (Work in progress)

'Marksman' by Matthew Floyd Jones (Preview, Slung Low 2017)

'Lost Love Letters' by Julian Machin



'Driving Miss Daisy' by Alfred Uhry, Canal Cafe Theatre, October 2016

'The Understudy' by Theresa Rebeck, Canal Cafe Theatre, February 2017

Play #3 coming October 2017


'Dollywould'  by Shit Theatre  (CPT, Bristol Old Vic, May Fest)

'I Am...I Said' by Henry Davis. installation performance & two short films (CU)

'Toiling Upwards in the Night' (Producer) curated by Hendog leisure

'Royal Vauxhall' (scratch) by Desmond O' Connor (Royal Vauxhall Tavern)

'Vernon God Little' by Tanya Ronder (Stanwix Theatre)

'Care' interviews by Unhinged/dramaturgy by Martin Malcolm (The Rosemary Branch)

'The Tape Face Xmas Special' by Sam Wills  (Pleasance, Queen Dome)

'Atrophy' by Heather Uprichard from Shunt Collective (Etcetera Theatre)

'The Earthworks' (short) by Tom-Morton Smith (The Soho)

'Henry V' by William Shakespeare (Stanwix Theatre)

'Women's Hour'  by Shit Theatre (Movement direction / UK Tours)

'Titus Andronicus' by William Shakespeare (The Cockpit)

'Nightbus' (and Co-devised/edited) by Young/Marlowe (The Pleasance, Edinburgh)

'The Fat Man's Wife' by Tennesse Williams, Canal Cafe Theatre

'Julie Madly Deeply' (+ co-devised) by Sarah-Louise Young (Trafalgar Studios2, Panasonic Canada, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Gilded Balloon & continuing UK tour)

'Heels of Glory' (scratch) by Tricity Vogue/Richard Link (The Albany)

'Icarus' (short) by Martin Malcolm (Southwark Playhouse)  

'Tall, Thin and Blonde/A.N.D.' (and edited) GOLDSMITHS & Tristan Bates

'Tara' by City of the Moon (redirection / Theatre Kubrik)  

'Man to Man' by Manfred Karge, (Theatre Bookshop, Waterloo)

'Uncle Vanya' by Anton Chekhov (The Theatre, Sandwell)

'Find Me' by Owen Wynmark (Theatre, Sandwell)


Pantomimes for Paul Holman Associates of London:

'Snow White' 'Sleeping Beauty'

'Aladdin' 'Dick Whittington'


Knife & Fork Applied Theatre (and writer/choreographer/production manager):

'Environ' 'Environ 2' 'Pongo' 'Mother Knows Best'


Student Theatre:  

'My Fair Lady' by Lerner & Lowe  (Direction, & choreography)'Fame' by Pitchford  (Direction, design (with Ben Prior) & choreography) 'Annie' by Strouse (Direction & choreography)

'Scrooge' by Bricusse (Direction, & choreography) 'The Secret Garden' by Hodgson-Burnett  (Direction, design (with Ben Prior) & choreography) 'Guys & Dolls' by Loesser (Direction, & choreography) 'Sweet Charity' by Coleman  (Direction, & choreography) 'West Side Story' by Bernstein  (Direction, design (with Ben Prior) & choreography) 'Carousel' by Rodgers & Hammerstein (Direction, & choreography) 'Barnum' by Bramble (Direction, design & choreography) 'The Wizard of Oz' by Arlen (Direction, design (with Ben Prior) & choreography)

'Bugsy Malone' by Williams  (Direction, & choreography) 'Jesus Christ Superstar' by Rice (Direction, design & choreography) 'Les Miserables' by Schonberg (Direction, & choreography)

'Crazy for You' by Gerswhin (Direction, & choreography) 'Me & My Girl' by Gay  (Direction, & choreography) 'Stags & Hens' by Willy Russell, (The Theatre, Sandwell) 'Clockwise' by Michael Frayn, (The Theatre, Sandwell) 'Trafford Tanzi' by Luckham, (The Theatre, Sandwell)

'Blood Brothers' by Russell, (The Theatre, Sandwell)

The Donmar Warehouse

Continuing freelancer for response pieces, education and public workshops (2013 - )



A workshop aimied at new theatre makers. Using devising techniques, collaboration and improvisation thsi workshop brought together new writers to study the art of making new, relevant and original theatre.


Hackney Arts - Theatre play in a day

A workshop aimed at writers actors and fans of theatre.


Directors Guild of Great Britain

A bespoke workshop deconstructing the  relationship between director and actor.

With Sarah-Louise Young .


Old Vic New Voices (Greater London Academies)

Delivered pre-show workshops for Mark Rylance's 'Much Ado About Nothing'


Lyric, Hammersmith (Hammersmith Primary Focus)

Engaging children using the performing arts working to the Arts Award.


The Princes Foundation (The Lyric, Hammersmith)

Workshops to inspire teachers to use the creative arts within their practice.


The National Youth Theatre (LABAN)

A 2 week programme written and delivered by myself to introduce students to

the basics of performance.


The Verbier Festival, Switzerland

In partnership with Artis, delivered worshops to invigorate the world class festival amongst the local community


The Bowl (The Young Vic)

Creatively designed and adminstered workshop aimed at directors and actors working together on anonymous text. Supported by The Young Vic.

Russell trained as an actor at Colchester Mercury Youth Theatre then in Birmingham at The Russian School of Acting and Sandwell College. He completed his training at Wolverhampton University when he simultaneously achieved his Certificate in Education, LLAM (LAMDA), IDTA and LCM exams, studying with Mark Meylan and Sarah Wright-Owens. He has been a performer since the age of seven and directed for over twenty years encompassing plays, musicals, mime, revues, choreography, pantomime, new writing and youth based arts.


His directing practice has included collaborations with Shit Theatre, Heather Uprichard (Shunt Collective), Martin Malcolm, Sam Wills (The Boy with Tape on his Face), Sarah-Louise Young (Julie Madly Deeply), Linda Marlowe and Matthew Floyd Jones' from Frisky & Mannish.


He regularly works with established text, directing the UK premier of 'The Understudy' by Theresa Rebeck and Tennessee Williams's 'The Fat Man's Wife', plus bold productions of 'Henry V' & 'Titus Andronicus'  Russell directed the Cumbrian premiere of  'Vernon God Little' by Tanya Ronder and is co-creator and the director of smash-hit 'Julie Madly Deeply' by Sarah Louise-Young (London/Australia/Canada) He runs THE AMERICAN SEASON in London at The Canal cafe Theatre.


He often works with artist Henry Davis including the direction of his two short films 'I Am...I Said' and is currently devising a new play 'Warped' with playwright Martin Malcolm about the glamorisation of the Krays, plus performance-art-cabaret 'DollyWould' by Sh!t Theatre.


As a trained lecturer Russell also delivers in educational settings for various programs. He has partnered with The Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, The Lyric, Hackney Arts and created training weeks for The National Youth Theatre, The Princes Trust, Goldsmiths, East 15 and Cumbria University,  plus The Directors Guild of Great Britain where he explored ways to pull down the imagined walls between the director and actor.


As an actor Russell has appeared as Bobby Kennedy for National Geographic's 'Seven Days that Made a President' and commercials for DFS/Channel 5 and Heineken.

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Theo Green in Atrophy

By Heather Uprichard

Photo by Suzanna Dietz.


Tape Face by Sam Willls - design by Dave Young