Now based in Reykjavik, Benedict Andrews is established as one of the most sought after Australian theatre directors of his generation. This year he has opened A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster) at London’s Young Vic Theatre, followed by the tour of Sydney Theatre Company’s production of THE MAIDS (starring Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert) to New York City as part of Lincoln Center Festival. His prior Young Vic production of THREE SISTERS (2012) won the London Critics Circle Best Director award. His prior STC production of GROSS UND KLEIN won the 2011 Helpmann Best Director award for the third time and toured to Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), The Barbican (London), the Wiener Festwochen (Vienna) and the Ruhrfestspiele (Recklinghausen).
This autumn Benedict will open a new production of LA BOHEME at Dutch National Opera, a co-production with English National Opera. His prior ENO production, Detlev Glanert’s CALIGULA (2012), was nominated for an Olivier Best New Opera Production award and toured to Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires in 2014. Other recent opera includes: Verdi’s MACBETH at Royal Danish Opera; LE NOZZE DI FIGARO at Sydney Opera House; THE FIERY ANGEL at Komische Oper, Berlin.
His marathon Shakespeare cycle THE WAR OF THE ROSES, which he adapted with Tom Wright, was the theatrical highlight of the 2009 Sydney and Perth festivals and won six Helpmann Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play as well as five Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Direction and Best Mainstage Production. Further productions for Sydney Theatre Company include The City, The Season at Sarsaparilla, Julius Caesar, Far Away, Endgame, Life is a Dream, Old Masters, Three Sisters, La Dispute, Mr Kolpert, Attempts on Her Life and Fireface.
From 2004 to 2010, worked extensively at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin where his productions include Saved, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Dog, the Night, the Knife, Cleansed, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Stoning Mary, The Ugly One and Blackbird.
For Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, he has directed The Seagull, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Chairs, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Threepenny Opera and Measure for Measure, which was awarded Best Direction, Best Stage Design and Best Mainstage Play at the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards.
At Iceland’s National Theatre Benedict has directed MACBETH and KING LEAR, which won 6 Gríman Awards, including Best Direction and Play of the Year.
Benedict’s first original play EVERY BREATH was produced at Belvoir Street Theatre in 2012 and subsequently translated into Portuguese by Jorge Silva Melo and produced by Artistas Unidos in Lisbon 2013, directed by John Romão. The Portuguese production was nominate for Time Out Lisbon’s Best Play award. Benedict’s first volume of poetry LENS FLARE was published in 2014 by Pitt Poetry.