Sydney Opera House

Gale Edwards


Background: Awards: Three Sydney Critics Circle Awards, Four Greenroom Awards, two Mo Awards, International Emmy Award, two Helpmann Awards, a Sydney Critics Award (for FESTEN), two nominations for Helen Hayes Award USA, 2000 Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society

OA repertoire: Manon Lescaut, The Magic Flute, Sweeney Todd, La bohème, Salome

Other Companies: Opera: Mary Stuart (ENO); Katya Kabanova, Der Rosenkavalier (NZ International Festival); Nixon in China, Sweeney Todd (SOSA). Musicals: original Boy from Oz, Aspects of Love (RUG Australia, UK); Whistle Down the Wind (West End); Jesus Christ Superstar (West End and Broadway); The Rocky Horror Show, Jerry Springer the Opera (Sydney Opera House). International Plays: Four productions (Royal Shakespeare Company); St Joan (West End); three productions (Chichester Festival); four productions (Washington Shakespeare Theatre); Don Carlos, The White Devil (BAM, NY). Numerous productions in Australia for all the major theatre companies.


Gale is one of Australia’s leading and most acclaimed international directors. She is known nationally and internationally for her work in directing drama, comedy, renowned classics and large scale musicals, and for the development of new work. She was the first Australian to direct on the main-stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and to open a musical on both The West End and Broadway.  Gale spent a year as Associate Director to Trevor Nunn on Les Miserables on Broadway and later maintained the production for four years in Australia. She then spent seven years as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s chief collaborator, directing productions of Whistle Down the WindAspects of Love and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Some of Gale’s Australian credits include the highly acclaimed original version of The Boy from Oz and Eureka (Melbourne Festival), Jerry Springer the Opera for the Sydney Opera House and God of Carnage for Sydney Theatre Company. Gale’s production of The Rocky Horror Show played in sold out seasons in Sydney and Melbourne. Her production of Snow on Mars premiered during the 2011 Sydney Festival.


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