Ben Humphrey

Artistic Director

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Ben trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS) and graduated in 2007 with the Newton Blick Award for Most Versatile Leading Actor. From BOVTS he started life as a 'jobbing' actor and began to find work as a director with young people in theatre. He was Director of Youth Theatre at the BOVTS and worked on commissions as a playwright/director all over the UK.
In 2008 Ben became the youngest person ever to be admitted to the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA) and is now one of the UK's most popular adjudicators. He also serves as a senior member of GoDA's national council. 
In 2011 Ben became Associate Director at the Worcester Repertory Company as well as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Worcester and then in 2012 was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. He is now a guest lecturer at the UoW in Acting, Voice and Performance. 
For the WRC he has directed a number of productions including the 800th Anniversary production of Shakespeare's King John in Worcester Cathedral and The Comedy of Errors which transferred to the National Theatre of Romania, Craiova in 2016. He has also written a number of plays for the stage both under his own name and his pseudonym, William Douglas.
In November of 2016 Ben was honoured by being made a Patron of the Royal Air Force Theatrical Association (RAFTA) along with the founder of RSC Sir Peter Hall, Tony and Olivier Award Winning Producer, Stephen Daldry CBE and multi award-winning playwright Gillian Plowman.
In 2017 Ben was nominated for a What's On Reader's Award for Best Pantomime Dame in the Midlands and his production of Sleeping Beauty was nominated for Best Midlands Pantomime.
Outside of the theatre Ben was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2017 and currently sits in the criminal courts of Worcestershire. He also has a keen interest in history and was formerly the Chairman of the Battle of Worcester Society before being made its President in 2014. As President he has given lectures all over the world, raising awareness of the international significance of the battle and its ramifications. 
 
Ben also serves as a trustee of the English Symphony Orchestra with which he often appears as a performer. 
Recent Creative Credits
2019 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Swan Theatre, Main House | Director/Dame Ginny
2019 - The Tempest | Huntingdon Hall | Director/Stephano
2019 - Pride and (quite a lot) of Prejudice | The Commandery | Director
2018 - Maid Marian and the Merry Men | Swan Theatre, Main House | Director
2018 - Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser | Swan Theatre, Main House | Writer
2018 - Macbeth | Swan Theatre, Main House | (Young Rep.) | Director
2018 - A Midsummer Night's Dream | National Theatre of Romania | Director
2018 - A Soldier's Tale | Swan Theatre, Main House | (Co-production with the English Symphony Orchestra | Director
2018 - The Kitchen | Black Box Studio, University of Worcester | Voice Director
2017 - Sleeping Beauty | Swan Theatre, Main House | Director
2017 - Othello | Worcester Cathedral | Director
2017 - Cider With Rosie | Swan Theatre, Main House | Assistant Director
2017 - As You Like It | Swan Theatre, Vesta Tilley Studio | (Young Rep.) | Director
2016 - Cinderella | Swan Theatre, Main House | Director
2016 - King John | Worcester Cathedral | Director
2016 - Number 42 | Swan Theatre, Vesta Tilley Studio | Writer
2016 - The Storyteller | Swan Theatre, Main House | Writer
2016 - Trojan Women | St. Swithun's Church | (Young Rep.) | Director
2016 - Façade | Swan Theatre, Main House | Co-production with the English Symphony Orchestra | Director
2016 - The Comedy of Errors | National Theatre of Romania | Director
2016 - An Unhealthy Cure | Swan Theatre, Vesta Tilley Studio | Writer & Director
2015 - Dick Whittington | Swan Theatre, Main House | Director
2015 - The Comedy of Errors | The Commandery | Director
2015 - I Am Jack | Swan Theatre, Vesta Tilley Studio | (Young Rep.) | Director
2014 - Beauty and the Beast | Swan Theatre, Main House | Director
2015 - Happy Birthday | Swan Theatre, Vesta Tilley Studio | Writer & Director

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ben Humphrey

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Sarah-Jane Morgan

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