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Sir Trevor Nunn's Biography

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Sir Trevor Nunn was born Trevor Robert Nunn on 14 January 1940 in Ipswich.

After he graduated from Downing College, Cambridge, Trevor Nunn joined the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry as a trainee director going on to become producer there.

In 1965 Trevor Nunn joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and, in 1968, he followed Peter Hall as their artistic director. Nunn was only 28 and was the youngest ever director of the RSC. Later he was joined as co-artistic director by Terry Hands. Over the same period Nunn was also Chief Executive. Nunn listed his highlights at the RSC as "Nicholas Nickleby, a joyous experience doing my musical version of The Comedy of Errors with Judi Dench and Michael Williams, the small theatre Macbeth with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, and I have a huge nostalgic warmth for All's Well that Ends Well with Peggy Ashcroft and an emergent Harriet Walter. And ...Three Sisters. Actually, I had a great time doing the Roman Season, and directing in the theatre and then televising Antony and Cleopatra with Janet Suzman, to whom I was then married."

Sir Trevor Nunn has directed a number of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals. Sir Trevor Nunn is estimated to have made £30 million for himself from West End and Broadway productions of Cats and Les Miserables.

In 1997, Trevor Nunn took over from Sir Richard Eyre as artistic director of the National Theatre. He left in 2003. Nunn described the role as 'juggling plates, while riding a unicycle, on a tightrope, over the Niagara Falls.'

Nunn's first wife was Janet Suzman, his second was Sharon Lee Hill and his third wife was Imogen Stubbs, whom he married in 1994. However, Trevor Nunn and Imogen Stubbs broke up and there were newspaper reports of a relationship between Nunn and Nancy Dell'Olio.

In 2007, Sir Trevor Nunn returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company to direct Sir Ian McKellen in a production of King Lear and The Seagull. Nunn has known McKellen since Cambridge University (McKellen was in the year above).

Germaine Greer, writing in The Guardian, said of King Lear: "The production is as perverse as anything Trevor Nunn has ever done".

Trevor Nunn's production of Aspects of Love opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1 on July 15, 2010.


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