Born in 1986 in Dundee, Alasdair Hunter is a Scottish director and part of a new generation of Shakespearean artists across the world who have found connection through their membership of the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
After studying theatre at the University of Glasgow and training as a director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Shakespeare’s Globe, Alasdair started his career in assistant directing, working for companies such as Borderline, The Tron, Random Accomplice, Perth Theatre, the Lyric Belfast and the Flea Theatre in New York City.
He started directing Shakespeare’s plays in 2007 with TITUS ANDRONICUS and has had a focus on Shakespeare’s plays ever since, producing and directing guerrilla productions of MACBETH and ROMEO AND JULIET in Glasgow.
He has directed 17 of the 38 Shakespeare plays, including HAMLET for Bard in the Botanics, THE TEMPEST for Stone Soup Shakespeare, and most recently SECRET MISCHIEFS (Measure for Measure & Richard III) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and KING LEAR for East 15.
In 2019 he founded SHAKESPEARE.SCOT in 2019, which launched with a performance of PERICLES aboard the RRS Discovery in Dundee in partnership with Dundee Rep.
SHAKESPEARE.SCOT curates performance projects that bring together Scottish and international artists to collaborate with the plays of William Shakespeare as the starting point. Their second project will be a collaboration with the Danish artist Anemone Risborg Rasmussen.
Alasdair spent five years working for the National Theatre on the NT Connections programme, visiting and supporting companies of young people across the breadth of the UK and Ireland.
Alasdair is part of the international Shakespeare Ensemble that finds its lineage in the original practice projects curated by Ben Crystal at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse that he worked on in the mid-2010s.
Alasdair enjoys fruitful teaching and guest directing relationships with top UK drama schools including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rose Bruford and East 15 Acting School. He is currently directing HAMLET at East 15.
Alasdair also works abroad, particularly with the Prague Shakespeare Company (CZ), where he will direct LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST in summer 2023.
commissions / collaborations / workshops / invitations:
alasdair.w.hunter @ gmail.com
+44 (0) 7989 215 091
please: no casting enquiries
An incomplete portfolio of work so far, and work yet to be done.
The Plays of William Shakespeare:
Antony and Cleopatra
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
All’s Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Measure for Measure
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Taming Of The Shrew
Two Noble Kinsmen
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Henry IV pt 1 and 2
Henry VI pt 1 2 and 3
The Plays of Anton Chekhov:
The Cherry Orchard