Richard Eyre Sir Richard Charles Hastings Eyre is an English and theater, television, and film director.
Eyre was artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973-78, and then worked as both a director and one of the producers of BBC’s ‘Play for Today’ between 1978 and 1980. Eyre was director of the National Theatre, which became the Royal National Theatre during his time there, between 1987 and 1997. His diaries during this time have been published as ‘National Service’ and won the 2003 Theatre Book Prize. He directed, among others, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Hamlet’ with Jonathan Pryce at the Royal Court in 1980 and Daniel Day-Lewis in 1989, and ‘King Lear’ with Ian Holm. He directed the Falklands War story ‘Tumbledown’ for BBC in 1988 and served as a Governor of the BBC between 1995 and 2003.
The films Eyre has directed include ‘Iris’, ‘Stage Beatuy’ and ‘Notes on a Scandal’. His debut as an opera director was the 1994 production of ‘La Traviata’ at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.