Stage Director

Caroline Byrne

Selected credits

  • Spring AwakeningYoung Vic
  • All’s Well That Ends WellSam Wanamaker Theatre
  • Katie RocheAbbey Theatre, Dublin
  • Oliver TwistRegent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  • The Taming of the ShrewShakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • EclipsedGate Theatre


Caroline is an Irish theatre director based in London.

Recent productions include Spring Awakening for Young Vic Unpacked as part of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first season as Artistic Director and currently she is directing Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr for RADA.

She 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, RWCMD 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

Katie Roche

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Design: Joanna Scotcher
Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
Composition: Ray Harman

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

“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

Oliver Twist

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Adapted by Anya Reiss
Director – Caroline Byrne
Designer – Fly Davis
Choreographer – Lucy Burge
Sound Designer – Josh Anio Grigg

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

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

The Taming of the Shrew

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

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

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

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


Gate Theatre, London
Design: Chiara Stephenson
Sound Design: George Dennis
Lighting Designer: Mark Howland

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

The Times ****
“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.”

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