Stage Director

Caroline Byrne

Selected credits

  • Portia Coughlan (15 Sep - 31 Oct)Young Vic
  • Faustus: That Damned WomanHeadlong Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith
  • 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. Her work can be seen in the upcoming production of Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr with Ruth Negga making her Young Vic debut in the title role.  Recent productions include Faustus: That Damned Woman by Chris Bush for Headlong Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Spring Awakening for Young Vic Unpacked as part of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first season as Artistic Director.

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

Portia Coughlan

Young Vic
Writer Marina Carr
Design: Chiara Stephenson
Lighting: Paul Keogan
Sound: George Dennis
Composer: Erland Cooper

Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga makes her Young Vic debut as Portia Coughlan in Marina Carr’s haunting play.

“There’s a wolf tooth growin in me heart and it’s turnin me from everywan and everythin I am.”

Faustus: That Damned Woman

Headlong Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith
Written by Chris Bush
Design: Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
Costume Design: Line Bech
Lighting: Richard Howell
Composer & Sound: Giles Thomas

See Caroline’s  interview for The Stage
“If you find yourself wishing you could change the world right now… see this” Broadway World
★★★★★  The Upcoming, Bromsgrove Standard
★★★★ Telegraph, Evening Standard, Bristols At the theatre, Brum Hour, Plays to See Bristol.


Spring Awakening

Written by Franz Wedekind
Young Vic Unpacked
Costume Design: Line Bech
Composer: Tasha Taylor Johnson
Dramaturg: Morna Regan
Movement Direction: Shenoah Allen
Photo by 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
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
Design: Colin Richmond
Composer: Theo Vidgen
Lighting: Ben Ormerod
Dramaturg: Anne Siddons
Photo by 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 by Ros Kavanagh

This meaty play and fiercely intelligent production make for a fascinating night at the theatre. Bring your brainSunday 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
Design: Fly Davis
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
Sound Design: Josh Anio Grigg
Photo by Johan Persson

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

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

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Design: 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 Design: Mark Howland
Photo by 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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