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Lucy Bailey



Director Lucy Bailey makes her Royal Opera debut in the 201718 Season directing the world premiere of Tansy Davies’s opera Cave.

Bailey was born in Somerset and studied at Oxford University. She trained as an assistant director with Glyndebourne Festival, National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Early work as an opera director included collaborations with Harrison Birtwistle, David Sawer, John Tavener and Giorgio Battistelli. Her many theatre credits include Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, The Roundhouse, The Armoury, New York), The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale (RSC and UK tour), Gudrun Fier Sang (Copenhagen dry dock), Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens, Macbeth and Comus (Shakespeare’s Globe), Baby Doll (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, National Theatre, West End), The Postman Always Rings Twice (West Yorkshire Playhouse, West End), Comfort Me with Apples (Hampstead Theatre), Fabrication, Kingdom of Earth and Uncle Vanya with Iain Glen (The Print Room), Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic), Gaslight with Tara Fitzgerald (Royal & Derngate, Northampton) and Great Expectations and The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Bailey co-founded the music theatre company the gogmagogs with Nell Catchpole in 1995, and in 2010 Notting Hill theatre The Print Room with Anda Winters.


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Watch: A background to Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale

28 February 2014
Watch: A background to Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale

Christopher Wheeldon and theatre director Lucy Bailey shed light on the play’s themes and plot.