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Sensual, sensational and Breathtaking immediacy. An imaginative, re-imagined evening.


An exciting and modern version of a classic tale. Astillero are superb. This is something quite new, with never a dull moment. Shakespeare can take it.


Wardrop has found a vehicle that perfectly showcases his expresssive versatility. A little stick of theatrical dynamite. 


Ed has been awarded a UNESCO HIGH ACHIEVEMENT and STAGE ONE BURSARY for "Romeo and Juliet". Most recently he has been awarded a CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD by GSMD and the City of London in conjunction with Cause4.


Ed directed his first show "Romeo and Juliet" with Astillero Tango Orchestra in a co-production between Salida Productions (of which he is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director) (www.salidaproductions.com) and the Mercury Theatre Colchester. It became one of the most successful shows in the Mercury Theatre's Company history.


After sharing a dressing room with Ewan Wardrop in Enron in the West End "Formby" began. The show opened to critical acclaim at Assembly in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 and has toured the UK for 34 dates in 2013 playing the Hackney Empire, Lowry Theatre, Cardiff New Theatre and Wolsey Theatre Ipswich. It has recently finished a further 30 date tour of the UK.


In Autumn 2014 he directed MACBETH for the National Youth Theatre opening at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End. In 2015 his first musical West Side Story at Central School of Speech and Drama which began a close relationship with Royal Central School Musical Theatre course leading to directing A Country Wife in 2017 and in 2018 A Chorus Line.


He is also going to be directing his first feature film GRIEF in 2019. See the trailer below.

Imaginative and sensitive direction from Ed Hughes. A hugely entertaining show that is simply 'Champion'.



by Arthur Laurents

Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by: Stephen Sondeim

Director: Ed Hughes

Course Leader/Musical Director: Wendy Gadian

Assistant Musical Director: Zach Flis

Choreographer: Lynne Thomas

Assistant Choreographer: Chris Cuming

Designer: Sara Perks

Lighting Designer: Nick Moran

Costume: Hannah McMahon-Major

Venue: Embassy Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Performed by: BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre students



Directed by Ed Hughes

Sat 13 September 2014 - Sat 29 November 2014

Ambassadors Theatre

West Street, London WC2H 9ND


cast and creative

Directed by Ed Hughes

Assistant Director: Alice Knight

Designer: James Button

Movement Director: Andrea Pelaez

Composer: Jim Hustwitt


"Macbeth is a model of clarity, brevity and strong classical acting. The director Ed Hughes applies a concept to it with intelligence and purpose, setting it on the eve of the First World War. Just as those events, precipitated by an assassination, led to a global war, so Macbeth begins with Macbeth's murder of King Duncan to take the throne of Scotland - and an inexorable tragedy unfolds culminating in civil war.

The production is staged with uncluttered urgency on a stage that's mostly bare except for surrounding grey curtains. Atmosphere and changes of location are swiftly provided by Adam Povey's lighting design.

Instead, the focus is entirely on the young actors here, who handle Shakespearean language with complete fluency and command, with superb performances from Jeremy Neumark Jones as Macbeth, Sophie Dyke as Lady Macbeth, Grace Chilton as Porter, and Dominic Grove as Duncan."

MARK SHENTON Whatsonstage

Ed Hughes’ concise adaptation offers up the best of the bunch for the season, the bold thematic vision working well and releasing the play from any dusty RP connotations. From the outset as Grace Chilton borrows the spirit of Alan Cumming’s iconic Emcee to the haunting presence of Lady Macbeth’s ghost during a key moment, Hughes’ liberating attitude (he also directs) makes this a rapid-fire success which pays its own tribute to the WWI anniversary as well as crackling with youthful energy... Go at once.

There Ought to Be Clowns


"I’m somewhat ashamed to say that this was the first time that I had seen a production by the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. What I can say with certainty, is that it won’t be my last. Macbeth was a triumphant and vibrant success fuelled by the energy of the young and highly talented cast. "

Reviewing Shakespeare




by James Kirkwood Jnr and Nicholas Dante

Music by: Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics by: Edward Kleban

Director: Ed Hughes

Musical Director: Wendy Gadian

Assistant Musical Director: Connor Fogel

Choreographer: Lynne Thomas

Assistant Choreographer: Chris Cuming

Designer: Sara Perks

Costume: Sarah Mercade

Lighting Designer: Matt Whale

Venue: Embassy Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Performed by: BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre students

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