Terry Hands is confirmed dead at the age of 79.
Terry was best known as a British theatre director (Royal Shakespeare Company).
RT @guardianstage: Terry Hands dies aged 79
Theatre director Terry Hands, who ran the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies aged 79
RIP Terry Hands.
Terry Hands RIP A great director.
RT @BusterClwyd: “Some of us still believe in a career of public service over and above a life of private profit”. Such sad news - T…
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Theatre director Terry Hands, who ran the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies aged 79
RT @Daisyks12: @terryschappert Hi Hazel. You are in good hands now. Terry, your heart is one of a kind. ❤️. I don’t know how you do it.
Sad to hear of Terry Hands' passing, titan of theatre, kind & passionate, creating wonders for @LivEveryPlay & @TheRSC & @ClwydTweets
RT @guardianstage: Terry Hands dies aged 79
Theatre director Terry Hands, who ran the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies aged 79
RT @debaydon: Very sad to see that Everyman co-founder Terry Hands has left us. What an amazing story he started on Hope Street…
RT @debaydon: Very sad to see that Everyman co-founder Terry Hands has left us. What an amazing story he started on Hope Street…
RT @BusterClwyd: “Some of us still believe in a career of public service over and above a life of private profit”. Such sad news - T…
@terryschappert Hi Hazel. You are in good hands now. Terry, your heart is one of a kind. ❤️. I don’t know how you do it.
At the start of his illustrious career, he was one of the founders of @LivEveryPlay
RT @guardianculture: Theatre director Terry Hands, who ran the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies aged 79
RT @debaydon: Very sad to see that Everyman co-founder Terry Hands has left us. What an amazing story he started on Hope Street…
Very sad to see that Everyman co-founder Terry Hands has left us. What an amazing story he started on Hope Street…
Terry Hands, you will be missed - #TerryHands #Terry #Hands #rip
Terry Hands
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Born
Terence David Hands

(1941-01-09) 9 January 1941 (age 79)
Aldershot, England
OccupationTheatre director
Spouse(s)Josephine Barstow (1964-1967; divorced)
Ludmila Mikaël (1974-1980; divorced); 1 child
Julia Lintott (partner 1987-1997); 2 sons
Emma Lucia (present)
Terence David Hands CBE (9 January 1941 - 4 February 2020) was an English theatre director. He founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for thirteen years during one of the company's most successful periods. He also saved Clwyd Theatr Cymru from closure and turned it into the most successful theatre in Wales in his seventeen years as Artistic Director. He has received several Olivier, Tony and Molière nominations for directing and lighting. He is one of Britain’s most respected theatre directors with an international reputation.
Contents
1 Early years
2 Career
3 Personal life
4 Awards and nominations
5 Stage productions
6 References
7 Further reading
8 External links
Early years
Hands was born at Aldershot, Hampshire, England. He studied at Woking Grammar School, University of Birmingham before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art leaving with the gold medal for acting in 1964. He then established the Liverpool Everyman where he directed numerous productions, including a prominent production of Murder in the Cathedral.
Career
Hands joined the Royal Shakespeare Company two years later in 1966 to run the Company's touring group, Theatregoround. He became joint Artistic Director with Trevor Nunn in 1978, and in 1986 sole chief executive. As Director Emeritus and Artistic Director he directed more productions during his 25 years there than any other director in the Company’s history. These included the entire History Cycle with Alan Howard, Much Ado and Cyrano with Derek Jacobi and Sinéad Cusack (both productions transferred to Broadway), Singer and Tamburlaine with Tony Sher, Loves Labours Lost with Ralph Fiennes, The Seagull with Simon Russell Beale, Winter’s Tale with Jeremy Irons, Othello with Ben Kingsley and David Suchet and the award-winning musical Poppy.
In 1997, Hands became Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd (afterwards renamed Clwyd Theatr Cymru), which presents much of its work on tour in Wales and the rest of the UK, saving the theatre from closure. He was appointed CBE in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama. In October 2001 he resigned from his position as an advisory director of the RSC..
In 2015 Hands left his post as Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru after seventeen years in the post, having turned the theatre into the most successful in Wales.
His international directing credits include productions in Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, London, New York, Oslo, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and Zurich. From 1975 to 1980 he was consultant-director of the Comédie-Française and is a Chevalier of Arts and Letters. Opera directing credits include Otello with Plácido Domingo (Paris Opera) and Parsifal (Royal Opera House).
Personal life
Hands was married to soprano Dame Josephine Barstow (1964–1967), and actress Ludmila Mikaël (1974–1980) with whom he has a daughter, actress Marina Hands. He has two sons, Sebastian and Rupert (also a director). In 2002 he married director, Emma Lucia.
Awards and nominations
Awards
1978: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director – Henry VI
1983: Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Classical Director – Cyrano de Bergerac
1983: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director – Cyrano de Bergerac
1993: Evening Standard Awards for Best Director – Tamburlaine The Great'
1993: Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Director – Tamburlaine The Great
Nominations
1985: Tony Award for Best Director of a Play - Much Ado About Nothing
1985: Tony Award for Best Lighting Design - Much Ado About Nothing
1985: Tony Award for Best Lighting Design - Cyrano De Bergerac
Stage productions
Theatregoround – Touring RSC
1966: The Second Shepherd's Play
1966: The Proposal, Anton Chekhov
1967: The Criminals, José Triana
1967: The Dumb Waiter, Harold Pinter
1967-1968: Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas
RSC (Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Aldwych Theatre)
1968: The Merry Wives of Windsor
1968: The Latent Heterosexual, Paddy Chayefsky
1969: Bartholomew Fair, Ben Jonson
1969: Pericles, Prince of Tyre
1969: Women Beware Women, Thomas Middleton
1970: Richard III
1971: The Balcony, Jean Genet
1971: The Man of Mode, George Etherege
1971–72: The Merchant of Venice (Also on UK tour)
1972: Murder in the Cathedral, T. S. Eliot
1973: Romeo and Juliet
1973: Cries from Casement as His Bones are Brought to Dublin, David Rudkin
1974: The Actor, (RSC Australian Tour)
1974: The Bewitched, Peter Barnes
1975–76: Henry IV parts 1 and 2
1975–76: Henry V (Also International tour)
1975–76: The Merry Wives of Windor
1977: Old World, Aleksei Arbuzov
1977–78: Henry VI Parts 1,2 and 3
1978: The Changeling, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
1978–79: Coriolanus (also international tour)
1979: Children of the Sun, Maxim Gorky
1979–80: Twelfth Night
1980–81: As You Like It
1980–81: Richard II
1980–81: Richard III
1981: Troilus and Cressida
1982–83: Arden of Faversham
1982–84: Much Ado About Nothing
RSC at the Barbican Theatres and Royal Shakespeare Theatre
1982: Poppy, Peter Nichols
1983–984: Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand (Also International tour)
1985: Red Noses, Peter Barnes
1985–86: The Winter's Tale
1987: The Balcony, Jean Genet
1987–88: Julius Caesar
1988: Carrie (musical), Stephen King
1988: Scenes from a Marriage, Peter Barnes
1989: Romeo and Juliet
1989–90: Coriolanus, co-directed with John Barton
1989–90: Singer, Peter Flannery (At The Swan, and The Pit)
1990–91: Love's Labour's Lost
1990–91: The Seagull, Anton Chekhov
1993: Tamburlaine the Great, Christopher Marlowe
1995: The Merry Wives of Windsor (at The National Theatre)
Chichester Festival
1995: Hadrian VII, Chichester Festival Theatre
1995: The Visit, Chichester Festival Theatre
Clwyd Theatr Cymru
1997: Equus
1998: A Christmas Carol, Peter Barnes
1998: The Journey of Mary Kelly, Siân Evans
1998: Table Manners
1998: Living Together
1998: Round And Round The Garden
1999: Twelfth Night
1999: Macbeth
2000: Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas
2001: King Lear
2001: Bedroom Farce
2001: The Rabbit, Meredydd Barker
2002: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard
2002: Romeo and Juliet
2002: The Four Seasons, Arnold Wesker
2002: Betrayal
2003: Blithe Spirit, Noël Coward
2003: The Crucible, Arthur Miller
2004: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
2005: Brassed Off
2005: Troilus and Cressida
2005: Brassed Off (Revival)
2005: Night Must Fall
2006: A Chorus Of Disapproval
2006: Memory
2007: Arcadia
2007: Memory (Revival in New York)
2007: The Cherry Orchard
2008: Macbeth
2008: Memory (Revival in London and Wales tour)
2009: Noises Off
2009: Mary Stuart (featuring his daughter, Marina Hands as Mary)
2009: Pygmalion
2010: Arden of Faversham
2010: A Small Family Business
2010: Blackthorn
2011: The Taming of the Shrew
2012: As You Like It
2012: Boeing Boeing
2013: The Winslow Boy
2014: Under Milk Wood
2015: Hamlet
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