Stage Director

Caroline Byrne

Selected credits

  • Faustus: That Damned WomanHeadlong Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith (22 Jan - 4 Apr 2020)
  • Portia Coughlan Young Vic (16 Sept - 31 Oct 2020)
  • Spring AwakeningYoung Vic Unpacked
  • All’s Well That Ends WellSam Wanamaker Theatre
  • Katie RocheAbbey Theatre, Dublin
  • The Taming of the ShrewShakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • EclipsedGate Theatre, London


Caroline is an Irish theatre director based in London.  Upcoming productions include Faustus: That Damned Woman by Chris Bush for Headlong Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and  Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr at the Young Vic with Ruth Negga making her Young Vic debut in the title role.  Other recent productions include Spring Awakening for Young Vic Unpacked as part of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first season as Artistic Director and Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr for RADA.

Caroline has also directed at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, the Abbey Theatre Dublin, Bush Theatre, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Gate Theatre, London (where she was Associate Director), Farnham Maltings, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Central School of Speech and Drama.  She is an Education Associate Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company for whom she also co-directed Shakespeare in a Suitcase with Tim Crouch.

Featured work

Spring Awakening

Written by Franz Wedekind
Young Vic Unpacked
Costume Designer: Line Bech
Composer: Tasha Taylor Johnson
Dramaturg: Morna Regan
Movement Direction: Shenoah Allen
Photo: Clare Leon Puplett

Adapted from the original 1891 text by Caroline Byrne, Spring Awakening is a vital, timeless tale exploring the consequences of a society which struggles to be open about sex and sexuality.

Woman and Scarecrow

Written by Marina Carr
Set & Costume Design: Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
Composer: Tash Taylor Johnson
Lighting Design: Ben Bull
Sound Design: Herbert Homer-Warbeck
Director of Physical Theatre: Joe Dieffenbacher
Cast: Jack Bardoe, Liadán Dunlea, Rachel Feeney, Polly Misch.

All's Well That Ends Well

Sam Wanamaker Theatre
Designer: Colin Richmond
Composer: Theo Vidgen
Lighting: Ben Ormerod
Dramaturg: Anne Siddons
Photo: Marc Brenner

Eye-opening and vividly alive …….  Caroline Byrne’s compelling interpretation of one of the trickiest plays in the Shakespeare canon is a twisted treat
**** The Independent

Blisteringly good ……. Caroline Byrne transforms Shakespeare’s problem play into a powerful rallying cry for women”   ****  The Stage

Katie Roche

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Written by Theresa Deevy
Design: Joanna Scotcher
Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
Composition: Ray Harman
Photo: Ros Kavanagh

This meaty play and fiercely intelligent production make for a fascinating night at the theatre. Bring your brain”  Sunday Independent

electrifying version of Deevy’s classic .…. visually stunning”  Sunday Times

**** Sunday Times, Irish Examiner, Sunday Business Post



Oliver Twist

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Adapted by Anya Reiss
Designer: Fly Davis
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
Sound Designer: Josh Anio Grigg
Photo: Johan Persson

Full of invention. Director Caroline Byrne is not afraid of frightening her young audience. It is playful, fierce and pleasingly unpatronising’   The Guardian

**** Daily Mail, Whats On Stage, Radio Times.

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Designer: Chiara Stephenson
Composer: Bill Barclay
Sound Design: George Dennis
Dramaturg & Lyricist: Morna Regan

Caroline Byrne’s superb revival doesn’t sacrifice the darkness….this is an evening of wit, passion and politics.”  The Guardian ****

This production is masterly, elegiac and full of force – entirely in control of its vision”  Time Out *****

Caroline Byrne’s all-Irish production is quite the best Shrew I have ever seen ….. a thrilling hybrid of comedy and tragedy.”
Whatsonstage *****


Gate Theatre, London
Written by Danai Gurira
Design: Chiara Stephenson
Sound Design: George Dennis
Lighting Designer: Mark Howland
Photo: Helen Murray

This small but polished gem is staged with swagger by Caroline Byrne…”  The Guardian ****

Caroline Byrne’s highly charged production… pulses with life and the acting from the cast of five is thrillingly full-blooded. Pungent, compassionate and defiant, this is angry, exhilarating theatre.”  The Times ****

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