Stage Director

Rachel Bagshaw

Selected credits

  • A Dead Body in TaosFuel Theatre/ Bristol Old Vic/ Wilton's Music Hall
  • Greek Myths UnpluggedUnicorn Theatre/ Online
  • The Bee In MeUnicorn Theatre
  • Midnight MovieRoyal Court Theatre
  • The Shape of the PainChina Plate/Edinburgh Fringe/BAC/UK Tour
  • HamletYoung Vic
  • The Rhinestone RollersGraeae


Rachel is an award-winning stage director and recipient of the National Theatre Peter Hall Bursary for 2023/24. It has just been announced that she will be the next Artistic Director of Unicorn Theatre, after being Associate Director since 2018.

Recent productions include A Dead Body in Taos (Bristol Old Vic/ Wilton’s Music Hall), Augmented by Sophie Woolley  (Royal Exchange/Told by an Idiot) and Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales for Unicorn Theatre Online. Other work includes The Bee in Me and Aesop’s Fables (Unicorn Theatre), Midnight Movie (Royal Court Theatre). Her critically acclaimed work The Shape of Pain won a Fringe First at Edinburgh, was revived at Battersea Arts Centre in 2018. Other productions include Resonance at the Still Point of Change (Unlimited Festival, South Bank Centre), The Rhinestone Rollers and Just Me, Bell (Graeae). Film includes Let Loose (Unicorn Theatre Online/ENB) and Where I Go (When I Can’t be Where I Am (BBC/China Plate).

She is an Associate Artist at Wilton’s and works extensively in engagement and young people’s work.

Featured work

A Dead Body in Taos

Writer: David Farr
Director: Rachel Bagshaw
Designer: Ti Green
Lighting Design: Katy Morison
Video Design: Sarah Readman

‘Rachel Bagshaw’s staging is brilliantly lucid’ ★★★★ Timeout 

‘an existential mystery exploring what constitutes humanness and how we can be truly free’ ★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Stage

Greek Myths Unplugged

Unicorn Theatre Online

Directed by the Unicorn Theatre’s Associate Director Rachel Bagshaw, the films reinvent and reimagine the original myths enabling pupils to explore the resonances of Greek Myths to today’s world anew.

Midnight Movie

The Royal Court Theatre/Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Written by Eve Leigh
Design: Cecile Tremolieres
Lighting & Video Design:
Josh Pharo & Sarah Readman
Sound: Nwando Ebizie
Photo by Helen Murray

“Human bodies and communication styles are unlimited in Midnight Movie, and Bagshaw’s direction recognises this fact and embraces it.”
★★★★★ BroadwayBaby

The Shape of the Pain

Produced by China Plate
Developed by Rachel Bagshaw
& Chris Thorpe
Written by Chris Thorpe
Design: Madeleine Girling
Video & Lighting Design: Josh Pharo
Composer: Melanie Wilson
Photo by Richard Lakos

Edinburgh Fringe First Winner 2017
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★ British Theatre Guide

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