The Winter’s Tale will be directed by Simon Godwin


Simon trained at Cambridge University where he read English. After being assistant director to Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Supple, Simon founded the theatre company Straydogs with Emma Stenning. His productions for the company included the opera Inkle and Yarico, Eurydice, which transferred from BAC to the West End and All’s Well that Ends Well for a national tour. Freelance work included Romeo and Juliet for the Cambridge Arts Theatre and the Marlowe Society and the world premiere of Mister Heracles by Simon Armitage for the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

In 2001 Simon became Associate Director of the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton. Working alongside Artistic Director, Rupert Goold, Simon directed seven main stage shows, including The Seagull, Habeas Corpus, Relatively Speaking and, in a co-production with Salisbury Playhouse, Quatermaine’s Terms by Simon Gray.

In 2004 Simon won a bursary from the Jerwood Foundation to train in the Lecoq method at the London International School of Performing Arts. Having completed the training his work includes an acclaimed production of The Country by Martin Crimp at the Tabard Theatre and the world premiere of Comus by the Australian poet John Kinsella for Christs College, Cambridge. Simon also directed work as part of the Royal Court 2008 International Residency and in 2009 directed All the little things we crushed by Joel Horwood for the Almedia.

Simon has recently been appointed as Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic.