Biography of Matthew Warchus

Matthew Warchus is primarily known for his stage work and as the artistic director of London's Old Vic Theater. He has also directed films such as Simpatico, Pride, Present Laughter, and the upcoming adaptation of the stage musical Matilda, which is still currently in pre-production.

After attending Bristol University, Warchus became a theater director, directing at National Youth Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, and in the West End. For his work on Hamlet in 1997, he was nominated for an Olivier award. Other notable stage productions include The Unexpected Man, True West, Lord of the Rings, Speed-the-Plow, The Norman Conquests and God of Carnage (for which he won a Tony Award) on Broadway, Matilda the Musical (for which he won a Laurence Olivier Award) and Ghost the Musical.

His first feature film was an adaptation of the Sam Shepard play Simpatico in 1999. In 2014, the same year that he directed Pride, which was screened at Cannes and won the Queer Palm award, Warchus took over as artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre.

Study Guides on Works by Matthew Warchus

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Matthew Warchus, Pride (released in 2014) tells the true story of Mark Ashton and a group of lesbian and gay activists who started a group to raise money for British miners who were affected by the British Miners'...