I WISH MY LIFE… nominated for 4 OFFIE Awards

Matthew’s recent show I WISH MY LIFE WERE LIKE A MUSICAL at Wilton’s Music Hall has been nominated for 4 OFFIE Awards including Best Musical Production and Best Director of a Musical for Matthew. The Wilton’s performances concluded a fantastic run for this show in 2023, which garnered a total of 15 ★★★★★ reviews. 


WINNER: Best Director OFFIE Award

Matthew was recently named Best Director of a Musical at the 2023 OFFIE Awards for his work on Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, which played at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2022. The star-studded ceremony took place at the stunning Alexandra Palace on 12 February 2023.

OFFIE Award Acting Nomination

Matthew has been nominated for Best Lead Performance in a Play for his role as Anthony in The Play With Speeches which ran at The Jack Studio Theatre 11-22 October 2022.


Matthew’s ★★★★★ production of THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY has been nominated for 6 OFFIE Awards including Best Musical Production, Best Ensemble and Best Director for Matthew. This marks Matthew’s eighth nomination for Best Director at the OFFIE Awards. The show runs at Jermyn Street Theatre, West End until 5 Feb 2022. More info here

West End Transfer for THRILL ME!

Matthew’s production of THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY is transferring to the West End. A dark and thrilling musical of masochism and murder, THRILL ME has become a modern classic. Matthew’s 2019 production for The Hope Theatre received numerous ★★★★★ reviews and its two leads, Bart Lambert and Jack Reitman, jointly won the OFFIE Award for Best Male Performance in a Musical. It runs 13 Jan to 5 Feb at Jermyn Street Theatre. More info here

TRESTLE nominated for 4 OFFIE Awards

Matthew’s ★★★★★ production of TRESTLE at The Jack Studio Theatre has been nominated for 4 OFFIE Awards including Best Production, both Lead Performers and Best Director for Matthew. This is Matthew’s seventh nomination for Best Director at the OFFIE Awards. 

TRESTLE nominated for a Standing Ovation Award

Matthew’s ★★★★★ production of TRESTLE (Jack Studio Theatre) has been nominated for a Standing Ovation Award by London Pub Theatres. Announcing the nomination LPT stated that TRESTLE was a “Delightful production directed by Matthew Parker, starring Timothy Harker and Jilly Bond giving three dimensional and compelling portrayals of characters in their 60s.”


TRESTLE transfers to The Jack Studio Theatre

The OffComm award nominated production of TRESTLE which Matthew directed for The Maltings Theatre is transferring to The Jack Studio Theatre in London this June. The production is the first one to reopen The Jack Studio Theatre after the 2020 lockdown; a theatre that means a lot to Matthew having directed, choreographed and acted in many shows there over the past 10 years. More info and tickets here 

TRESTLE nominated for an award

Matthew’s recent show TRESTLE has been nominated for an OnComm Award. The OnComm Awards are a branch of the Off West End Awards and celebrate online theatrical excellence. More info on TRESTLE including production photos here

TRESTLE Live Stream Spring 2021

Matthew’s production of TRESTLE (originally scheduled to be staged last November) will be broadcast as a Live Stream on Sat 27 March from The Maltings Theatre. Now you can watch this award-winning play from anywhere around the world from the comfort of your home. Tickets are just £10. Click here for more info.

THRILL ME wins 2 OFFIE Awards!

Matthew’s 2019 show THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY was a double winner at this year’s OFFIE Awards with Bart Lambert and Jack Reitman both winning the Male Performance in a Musical award. Many of the THRILL ME team were there to celebrate Bart and Jack’s brilliant win.

End Of 2019 Round Up

Matthew’s 2019 shows THRILL ME and THE HOUSE OF YES appeared in 7 Best Of 2019 lists and won a Reggie Award for Best Actress (Colette Eaton).  

Top 10 Shows of 2019, Paul Vale, The Stage
Top Shows of 2019, London Theatre1
Top Shows of 2019, Mind The Blog
OFFIE Finalist: Male Performance in a Musical: Bart Lambert
OFFIE Finalist: Male Performance in a Musical: Jack Reitman
OFFIE Finalist: Set Design: Rachael Ryan

WINNER Best Actress 2019: Colette Eaton, Reggie Awards, Everything Theatre
Top 3 London Plays of 2019, Reggie Awards, Everything Theatre
Critics Choice Best Shows (Top 3) of 2019, London Pub Theatres
Top 9 Plays of 2019, The Review Chap
Top 10 Shows of 2019, London Theatre Reviews
OFFIE Nominee: Director (Plays): Matthew Parker
OFFIE Finalist: Male in a Supporting Role (Plays): Bart Lambert
London Pub Theatres Standing Ovation Award nomination: Director Matthew Parker

THE HOUSE OF YES Press & Awards

Matthew’s recent production of THE HOUSE OF YES gained a stunning 6 ★★★★★ reviews plus 2 Off West End Award nominations inc. Best Director for Matthew.

Matthew’s final show at The Hope

Matthew has announced his final show at The Hope Theatre; a
revival of Wendy MacLeod’s dark comic-drama The House Of Yes. Playing this October it will be the last show Matthew directs whilst Artistic Director of The Hope. Info & tickets here

Critical acclaim for THRILL ME at The Hope

Matthew’s recent production of true-crime musical THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY gained a stunning 7 ★★★★★ reviews plus 3 Off West End Award nominations.

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 

Matthew directs for the DSL Grad Season

This summer Matthew directed Brendan Murray’s magical and moving The Angelic Aspiration as part of the Drama Studio London Grad Season. The show performed at the New Diorama Theatre on 12 & 13 July. 

Brainville At Night on tour

Matthew’s current show Brainville At Night is touring the UK in May & June 2018. For more info and tickets click here 

Offie Nomination for THARK

Matthew has received his 4th Off West End Award nomination as Best Director for his current production of THARK, which runs at the Drayton Arms Theatre until 6 Jan 2018. More info here. His previous nominations as Best Director were for Lovesong of the Electric Bear, Sea Life and Her Aching Heart

Matthew signs with Diamond Management

Matthew is now represented by Jean Diamond at Diamond Management. Founded in 2003 by Jean and Lesley Duff, Diamond is now one of the foremost theatrical agencies in London. More info here

How DSL Changed My Life

Matthew recently wrote a blog for Drama Studio London on his journey from student (graduating in 2009) to award winning Artistic Director. Read it here 

Offie Winner!

Matthew was named Best Artistic Director at the 2017 Off West End Awards for his work at The Hope Theatre in 2016, which included directing 3 ★★★★★, award winning in-house productions. 

2 Offie Nominations in 2016!

Matthew received nominations for Best Director at the Off West End Awards twice in 2016 (the only Director to do so) for his productions of SEA LIFE & HER ACHING HEART, both at The Hope.

New Year – New Updates

Website updates have been a bit thin on the ground this past 2 years whilst Matthew focussed on his new role as AD at The Hope. But new updates will follow soon… 

Agent News

Matthew has recently signed with Burningham Associates. Read his profile on their website here

Matthew appointed new Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre

Matthew has just been announced as the new Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre, Islington. Read the full announcement in The Stage here. Matthew is now programming work for The Hope from October onwards. Please get in touch if you or your company have work you wish to stage.

The Cherry Orchard in full BLOOM!

DogOrange’s production of The Cherry Orchard is now running at the Jack Studio Theatre until 2nd August. Directed by Matthew it features music composed by Maria Haik Escudero and played live onstage by actor-musicians. The adaptation is by Writer’s Guild award winner Brendan Murray. More info here.

The Cherry Orchard FOR SALE!

Tickets for Matthew’s next show: a new adaptation of  The Cherry Orchard by Writer’s Guild award winning playwright Brendan Murray are now on sale here. The show runs from 15th July to 2nd August at The Jack Studio Theatre.

Brainville At Night at the Old Red Lion

Matthew’s acclaimed production of Brainville At Night by Alexander Moschos, produced by First Draft, transfers to the Old Red Lion this Spring after a short run at the Jack Studio last year. More info here

DogOrange news for 2014

DogOrange is proud to announce that they are the new Associate Company at the award-winning Jack Studio Theatre. More info here

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Matthew is delighted to announce that he will be joining acclaimed London Classic Theatre as Assistant Director for their 2014 UK Tour of Entertaining Mr Sloane. More info here

5 STARS for A Scent of Flowers

The DogOrange production of A Scent of Flowers has received fantastic reviews including 5 STARS from What’s On London and What’s Peen Seen. More info here

A Scent of Flowers

Matthew is in pre-production for the upcoming DogOrange revival of James Saunders’ 20th century absurdist classic. More info here

Summer Shakespeare fun

Matthew has spent the summer assisting Alex Clifton, Artistic Director of Chester Performs, and the Olivier award winning Director Robin Norton Hale on the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s summer programme.

Mary Rose transfers to the Riverside

The ghost of Mary Rose haunts on! I’m delighted to announce that DogOrange’s acclaimed, sell out production of J. M. Barrie’s classic ghost story Mary Rose will play for 5 weeks at the Riverside Studios from 28th March to 28th April. For more details click here

The Possibilities about to open at the Tristan Bates

Matthew’s exciting revival of The Possibilities by Howard Barker is about to open at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Off West End on Monday 31st October. The show will run for 3 weeks until 19th November and tickets can be booked here

The Possibilities transfers

Following an initial staging at the Camden People’s Theatre in July, Matthew’s production of The Possibilities by Howard Barker is transferring to the Tristan Bates Theatre, Off West End for a 3 week run from 31st Oct to 19th Nov. More details here

Summer 2011

Following a busy summer directing a sell out transfer of First Draft’s A Date to Remember at the Phoenix, Soho and a production of Howard Barker’s The Possibilities at the Camden People’s Theatre, Matthew is now taking a break (and a holiday!) before starting work on an exciting new production in the Autumn. More details to follow……

5 Stars for Mary Rose

DogOrange’s sell out production of Mary Rose has been awarded 5 stars. Read the review here

Time Out recommends Ward No.6 and awards it 4 STARS

Time Out has awarded 4 stars and a red tick of RECOMMENDED to the current DogOrange production of Ward No.6. The full review can be read here

Ward No.6 Box Office open

Tickets are now on sale for the DogOrange’s award nominated production Ward No.6, adapted from Chekhov and directed by Matthew. Tickets are £12/10 concs and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 08444 77 1000 or online here

4 stars for A Woman Alone @ Brockley Jack

DogOrange’s current production of A Woman Alone, directed by Matthew, has been awarded 4 stars from What’s On Stage and RemoteGoat and been given a fabulous write up in online culture journal Art Wednesday. For more details click here

Behind the Fringe Interview – A Woman Alone

Matthew recently did an interview with Behind The Fringe promoting the upcoming DogOrange production of A Woman Alone. Read the interview here

A Woman Alone – Booking Now Open!

Booking is now open for DogOrange’s production of  A Woman Alone – with 5 women! The show runs from 19th Oct to 6th Nov at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre. Tickets are £10/8 and can be booked online (no booking fee) by clicking here

Ward No.6 is front page news!

Stage Award nominated production Ward No.6 will be making it’s London debut in February 2011 at the Camden People’s Theatre and currently graces the front page of their Autumn Winter Brochure. Click here to see it.

Two – A site specific production opens 11th September

The curtain has gone up on Dispense Theatre’s 21st Anniversary Production of Jim Cartwrights Two, directed by Matthew. This exciting site specific production takes place in the Cellar Bar at Dirty Dicks, Bishopsgate and runs from 11th to 28th September. For more details click here

Sheringham Rep 50th Anniversary

Matthew is delighted to announce that he will be directing at Sheringham Rep this summer as part of their 50th Anniversary Summer Season. He will be directing the 20th Century classic thriller The Late Edwina Black. More details to follow here soon…

4 stars and a Fringe future for A Woman Alone

DogOrange’s innovative, sell-out production of A Woman Alone has been awarded a 4 star review by Remote Goat for its scratch performance at the Horse, presented in association with First Draft in February. Read the review here. Due to the success of this first outing, this exciting new adaptation of A Woman Alone will now be given a 3 week run at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre in October 2010. More details to be posted here soon…

First Draft @ The Horse goes monthly

New artistic venture First Draft, formed by actor/producer Laura Harling and director Matthew Parker, will now present fresh theatrical works of new writing and innovative adaptations on a monthly basis at The Horse, Waterloo. If you are a writer, performer or theatre maker with an idea you’d like to present at First Draft please contact Laura and Matthew at first.draft@yahoo.com