Sean Holmes

Sean Holmes is a British theatre director and former Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith.

Theatre directingEdit

Holmes has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Richard III, The Roman Actor, A New Way to Please You and the Filter theatre company co-production of Twelfth Night.[citation needed]

He has directed plays at the Donmar Warehouse, the Old Vic, the Royal Court and other London theatres, including The Entertainer, The English Game, The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Price, Look Back in Anger, Moonlight and Magnolias and Pornography.[citation needed]

He was an associate director of the Oxford Stage Company (now Headlong theatre company) from 2001 to 2006.[citation needed]

He directed the new stage adaptation of Treasure Island, starring Keith Allen, which opened at the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket in November 2008. He directed a revival of Joe Orton’s Loot, starring Matt Di Angelo, at the Tricycle Theatre from December 2008.[citation needed]

In October 2008, it was announced that Holmes would take over from David Farr as artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith in spring 2009.[1] At the time of his appointment, the chairman of the theatre's board, Sandy Orr, said: "Everyone knows that Sean is one of today’s outstanding theatre directors."[2]

In 2011, the Lyric Hammersmith won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Holmes' production of Sarah Kane's Blasted.[3]

In autumn 2011, he directed the first London production in 27 years of Edward Bond's Saved at the Lyric Hammersmith.

In September 2019, it was announced that he would be succeeded as artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith in February 2019 by Rachel O'Riordan.[4]


  1. ^ "Sean Holmes Succeeds Farr at Lyric Hammersmith - - News -". 20 October 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ "TheatreVoice - the leading audio resource for British theatre". TheatreVoice. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre". Olivier Awards. Archived from the original on 22 February 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Rachel O'Riordan will take over from Sean Holmes at Lyric Hammersmith". Retrieved 7 September 2018.