Douglas Rintoul - Theatre Director/Playwright


AS YOU LIKE IT | Queen's Theatre Hornchurch & National Theatre 2019


'Musical take on Shakespeare inspires and thrills ... truly inspiring;

the kind of theatre that allows you to imagine a better, kinder and more

inclusive future." **** The Guardian


'Douglas Rintoul’s production... has some of the best chorus work –

variegated but united – I’ve seen in the theatre since I went to

Chickenshed a year ago. When the chorus members fill the stage with

their praise of Arden they do a rare thing: make celebration

seem not just like a declamatory audition but an urgent statement.'

**** The Observer


'Colourful and joyous'**** Broadway World


**** The Stage  **** What's On Stage *****  LondonTheatre1


***** Sardines Mag **** spyinthestalls   **** ActDrop   **** Gay Times



THE HIRED MAN | Queen's Theatre Hornchurch / Hull Truck Theatre 2019


‘Rintoul’s impassioned production…pays artistic dividends as they play

Goodall’s glorious folk-based score as if it’s pouring from their very

souls’  **** Sunday Express


‘A gorgeous, resonant new production…Wrenching and wonderful’ Mark Shenton



IN BASILDON | Queen's Theatre Hornchurch 2019


**** The Evening Standard


"What an inspired piece of programming it is for Hornchurch to stage the

first revival of David Eldridge’s punchy and immensely enjoyable family

drama. In Basildon (2012) was one of the jewels of Dominic Cooke’s reign

at the Royal Court and now here it is, taking up proud residence in the

area of which it speaks with such witty profundity.


As Len lies on his deathbed in the house his working-class parents bought

decades ago when they moved out from the East End, his fractious,

fractured family gathers anxiously. Sisters Maureen (Lucy Benjamin)

and Doreen (Beverley Klein) haven’t spoken for 20 years and are unlikely

to bury their grievances now it is revealed Len has recently changed his



Douglas Rintoul’s confident production is peppered with fine performances.

Eldridge’s skill is to make us care enormously about this worried brood,

while also sketching wider themes of generational shifts — in expectation

and education, for starters — as well the increasing difficulty of buying

a home of one’s own. It is impossible to watch this now and not

consider what made certain communities vote for Brexit."



ABIGAIL'S PARTY | Queen's Theatre Hornchurch/Derby Theatre/

Salisbury Playhouse 2018


**** The Guardian


"Alongside this spinoff is a revival of Abigail’s Party, directed by

Douglas Rintoul, which sticks faithfully to Leigh’s period setting,

from the pineapple sticks to Laurence’s handlebar moustache and

Lee Newby’s exquisite retro set (flock wallpaper, clashing carpet

and a drinks unit).


The result is not a pale imitation of the original but a production

of awful, cringing brilliance


It also shows how well Leigh’s tragicomedy has endured. It encapsulates

a time and place – two upwardly mobile couples in the suburbs of the

1970s – yet feels utterly relevant, modern and savage today in its

dark assessment of power, victimhood and tyranny within marriage.


Melanie Gutteridge plays Bev with such pitch perfection that the

character feels, finally, freed from Alison Steadman’s formidable

legacy. The play was originally shown at Hampstead theatre, but this

staging, in the Essex suburbs, feels like a more apt setting.

Gutteridge’s Bev is a manicured Essex matriarch, pointing her commands

at Laurence and holding the attention of the room with louche posturing,

aggressive shimmying and a backless dress. She remains, in Gutteridge’s

hands, one of the most monstrous – and magnificent – creations of contemporary




DARDANUS | English Touring Opera 2017


"Profoundly touching" **** The Guardian


"Pure delight" **** The Express


"A work of dazzling intensity" **** BachTrack


"Rintoul draws attention irresistibly to the characters’ conflicts and predicaments....a creditable production of a musical masterpiece and demonstrates this repertoire’s dramatic and psychological richness"

**** Classical Source



THE CRUCIBLE | Queen's Theatre Hornchurch & Selladoor 2017


"A timely and powerful production of The Crucible. It's good to see Hornchurch's Queens's Theatre putting itself back

on the map for serious theatre, seriously done."

**** Mark Shenton in The Stage


"Gripping production" **** What’s On Stage


"An atmospheric feast for the senses… Douglas Rintoul’s direction is resplendent and thought provoking" - **** West End Wilma


"Grips like a vice" ***** Reviews Gate


"This production feels fresh and the tension is tangible and profound"  


"Ingenious staging, almost cinematic at times" Evening Express


"A spectacular piece of theatre with which I cannot find fault" Stage Talk Magazine



MADE IN DAGENHAM | Queen's Theatre Hornchurch 2016


“It wins us over — in its rousing calls to arms, its salute to solidarity and sheer gutsiness.” The Times


“This musical…has made a triumphant homecoming with a feisty new production…Essex audiences are loving it” **** Daily Mail


“Douglas Rintoul’s lovely, lively production bubbles with ebullient good humour, but isn’t afraid to let the bad times

have their moments too” **** Evening Standard


“So heartfelt and sincere… Terrific cast” **** The Stage


“An entertaining, heart-warming reminder of an important battle in the struggle for women’s rights” **** Reviews Hub



THE SUMMER BOOK | Unicorn Theatre 2014


'It will have a resonance with anyone who has a deep bond with theirown grandparent. Just beautiful' SOUTH LONDON PRESS *****


‘The on-stage chemistry is delightful: in high dudgeon, Sara Kestelman’s ‘grandma’ really rocks that Julie Andrews/Angela Lansbury cut-glass English sourpuss vibe to perfection. Director Douglas Rintoul has managedto get serious mileage pitting the confident pink-cheeked naivety of Sammy Foster’s Sophia against the canny, gimlet-eyed sagacity of ol’ grandma. Insolence, hubris and moral ambivalence are expressed in surprising ways and out of surprising lips. It’s bright, pacy, funny and just the right balance of nourishing for kids and thought-provoking for adults.' TIME OUT ****



ALL MY SONS | Watermill Theatre 2014


'Deftly directed by Douglas Rintoul, this timeless classic is a highly accomplished production and is thoroughly recommended.' BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE


'a very welcome companion piece to Douglas Rintoul’s version of another great 20th century American text, Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, staged at the Watermill in 2012. Both shows have set the bar very high, and it will be fascinating to see what Rintoul delivers next.' ***** THE GOOD REVIEW



1001 NIGHTS | Transport/Unicorn Theatre 2013/2014




'Warmly recommended' THE STAGE


'If this does not warm your heart then I don’t know what will.' A YOUNGER THEATRE


'Directed by Douglas Rintoul, it’s simply but ingeniously presented, rustling bits of junk into myriad props, harnessing its audience’s imagination in a continuous game of let’s-pretend and holding everyone, young and old alike, quite spellbound. An utter delight. **** THE TELEGRAPH