Rebecca Gadsby is a theatre Director specialising in period dramas, classics and comedy. She has built a reputation for creating shows that require a big imagination and has created work for mid-scale theatres, international touring and studio theatres. Her signature themes are quirky, cheeky, but with truth and honesty.
She began her professional career in theatre at the age of 15 as a child actor in a production with Opera North. She later went on to Warwick University to study Theatre and Performance, where her ground-breaking work into Reminiscence Theatre earned her a 1st class honours. Since then she has directed almost 70 full-scale theatre productions for Mid-scale Theatre, studio theatres, Fringe, Open Air Theatre, T.I.E and Site-Specific performances.
Her knowledge and expertise of the Regency and Victorian periods has helped to create a series of successful adaptations of Austen, Dickens, Brontë's, Wilde and Elizabeth Gaskell. It is rare that her period dramas receive anything less than a 5 Star review, and this has helped to carve a reputation for excellent quality period dramas on stage.
Career highlights have included a production of Pride & Prejudice
which was performed to 3,000 people at Chatsworth House; the biggest event of it's kind in the UK. In 2011, her production of Sense and Sensibility
was used in the BBC2 documentary, The Many Lovers of Austen (
aired Boxing Day, 2011 on BBC 2).
Most recently, she directed Johnathon Lynn's Yes Prime Minister
and Alan Ayckbourn's Communicating Doors
for the re-opening of the Leatherhead Rep Season, receiving 4 and 5 star reviews respectively.
Rebecca is currently on a journey to create her own work, and has set up her own production company RG PRODUCTIONS. Since Winter 2016, she has been developing technology in theatre in association with Quad Arts Centre, Derby and a number of other partners. This ground breaking work is intended to assist story-telling, fuel imaginations and to engage a younger audience with theatre. She is currently leading an innovative project to develop a "Theatre App" in association with this production, which has been funded by Innovate UK. Due to release in September 2020.
For a full list of credits, please see the profile on Mandy or click here