About

Welcome to matthewparker.net the official site for award winning director Matthew Parker

Matthew is a freelance theatre director and award winning Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre, Islington. He trained on the Postgraduate Directing Course at Drama Studio London. He has a passion for bringing his visual imagination and physical style to classic stories, with a penchant for emotionally raw, visually beautiful work.

He has received 5 Best Director Offie nominations, 4 of which were for productions at The Hope: The LessonHer Aching Heart, Sea Life and the European premiere of Lovesong of the Electric Bear, which later transferred to The Arts, West End and won 2 Offies at the 2016 awards. His other nomination was for his revival of Thark in 2017. His adaptation of Chekhov’s Ward No.6 gained a Best Ensemble nomination at The Stage Awards and Time Out Critic’s Choice upon it’s transfer to London. 

In 2017 Matthew won the Offie award for Best Artistic Director for his work at The Hope Theatre, the same year The Hope was nominated as Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards.

Directing at The Hope Theatre: The Lesson, Foul PagesBrimstone and TreacleHer Aching Heart, Steel Magnolias (Best Off West End Production, Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Awards), Sea Life and Lovesong of the Electric Bear. Also Antigone (for Tales Retold) and Summer Showers (First Draft Theatre Co.).

Other Directing includes TharkThe Cherry Orchard, A Scent of Flowers, A Woman Alone (all Jack Studio Theatre), Ward No.6 (C Venues, transferred to Camden People’s Theatre), Brainville At Night (Old Red Lion), Mary Rose (Jack Studio; transferred to Riverside Studios), The Possibilities (Tristan Bates), Two (Dispense Theatre) and The Late Edwina Black (Sheringham Summer Rep). Assistant Directing includes Entertaining Mr Sloane (UK/Ireland Tour) and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Season 2012. 

Matthew is a faculty member of Drama Studio London where he teaches Stagecraft and Text Into Performance and has directed numerous projects including pantomime tours, modern classics, restoration comedy and devised work. He has lectured at London drama schools including the Musical Theatre Academy and Mountview. 

Matthew is represented by Jean Diamond at Diamond Management. For further details on Matthew’s work please click on his CV or Portfolio pages. 

 Best Artistic Director. Off West End Awards 2017.

News

Award nominations for THE LESSON

Matthew’s current production of THE LESSON at The Hope Theatre has been nominated for 4 Off West End awards including Best Director. This is Matthew’s fifth nomination as Best Director at the Off West End awards. More info on the show here 

Critical acclaim for Matthew’s revival of THE LESSON

Matthew’s current production of Ionesco’s absurdist classic THE LESSON is running at The Hope Theatre until 13 Oct and has received a fabulous five ★★★★★ reviews. More info here