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, and often using innovative digital technolody.
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 4 or 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 has been named "100 ones to watch" by the UK Creative Industries Council, and has won "Best Digital/Creative Start-Up" at the Mainframe Awards (2022) for creating the world's first immersive theatre app during the pandemic, thanks to a £40k grant from Innovate UK.
Rebecca is currently on a journey to experiment with digital technology in theatre, and has set up her own production company, Inside Theatre. Since Winter 2016, she has been developing technology for theatre funded by the Arts Council, Innovate UK and in association with 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.
For a full list of credits, please see the profile on Mandy