DIRECTION & DRAMATURGY
‘’…fascinating, seething with erotic intrigue and moral confusion. Christian Durham’s production is absorbing…’ The Times.
Christian recently directed a re-imagined and immersive production of ZORRO with music by the Gipsy Kings at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester. This followed his production of Hugh Whitemore’s BREAKING THE CODE at the Salisbury Playhouse with Ed Bennett and Caroline Harker; the story of the national hero, Alan Turing, who broke the Enigma codes in World War II but was then convicted of the crime of being homosexual.
Other productions include the new jazz musical CAFÉ SOCIETY SWING at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, highlighting the story of the first racially-desegregated jazz club in NY, which helped launch the careers of singers like Billie Holliday and Lena Horne. The revival of QUAINT HONOUR, at the Finborough, won rave reviews, sold out and was nominated for an OFFIE Award. At the Union Theatre, Christian directed the story of Viv Nicholson and her tragic pools win, SPEND SPEND SPEND, and staged the first professional revival in the UK of Stephen Schwartz’s CHILDREN OF EDEN.
Further credits include creating and staging the new musical DUSTY SPRINGFIELD for Carnival Cruise lines, directing the National Tour of Boy George’s TABOO, which won the Manchester Evening News Best Musical Award and the porn musical DEBBIE DOES DALLAS at Oxford Fire Station & The Udderbelly, Edinburgh (Nominated Best Musical Production) plus various development workshops of new writing including FINDING THE BURNETT HEART with Michael Pennington, JUST A MAN & THIS IS ENGLAND for Page To Stage and NOBODY’S BUSINESS for the Charing Cross Theatre.
Productions at Drama Colleges include PIPPIN & SPRING AWAKENING for Guildford School of Acting, PENELOPIAD for Mountview, CURTAINS at Arts Educational, JUST SO & ANIMUS at MTA and LIOLÀ & CLOUD 9 for Drama Studio London.
Christian is also an experienced Dramaturg and does confidential show doctoring on plays and musicals. Please email for further details.