Douglas Rintoul - Theatre Director/Playwright

Douglas is the artistic director of the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch.  He is also a freelance theatre director and a longstanding associate of Complicite. He was the founder and director of the national touring company Transport from 2007-2017.


Douglas read Drama & Theatre Arts at The University of Birmingham. He won a Regional Theatre Director Scheme Bursary to train at Salisbury Playhouse, was selected for the Royal National Theatre Studio Young Director's Programme and won an Esmeé Fairbairn Regional Theatre Initiative Award. His script for his production Elegy won a Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright's Award.  His shows have been nominated for ten Off West End Awards including two for Best Production and one What's On Stage Award.


Direction includes: Dardanus (English Touring Opera), Abigail's Party, The Crucible, Made in Dagenham, Rope, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Much Ado About Nothing (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch), The Deep Blue Sea, All My Sons and Of Mice and Men (Watermill Theatre), Elegy, 1001 Nights, As You Like It, Invisible and The Edge (Transport), State Red (Hampstead Theatre), Touched (Trafalgar Studios), The Summer Book and 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Unicorn Theatre), The East London Lecture (with Jonny Woo at Shoreditch Town Hall), Europe (Barbican/Dundee Rep. Theatre), Copenhagen, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Second from Last in The Sack Race, Fen, Sharp Relief, Noël & Gertie and The Shakespeare Revue (Salisbury Playhouse), Private Lives and Travels with My Aunt (New Wolsey Theatre), King Lear (Creation), Closer and Design for Living (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg). As an associate director: A Disappearing Number, Endgame and Measure for Measure (Complicite), Julius Caesar (dir. Deborah Warner - Barbican)and Fidelio (dir. Deborah Warner - Glyndebourne). He also directs for LAMDA, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Central School of Music & Drama.


Future projects include: In Basildon and The Hired Man (Queen's Theatre Hornchurch), DNA (Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama)and As You Like It (Queen's Theare Hornchurch and the National Theatre).