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David Hare wrote and performed Via Dolorosa but he still needed someone to direct. Enter Stephen Daldy, the former artistic director of the Royal Court Theater. They had never worked together, but their partnership helped Hare make the perilous transition from writer to actor.

As Via Dolorosa was set to open, The Evening Standard asked Stephen Daldry to keep a diary about what it was like to direct David Hare. Here are some excerpts.

Day 1:
"I tend to work with actions, a particular rehearsal methodology to which David does not subscribe. I forget, of course, that not only am I dealing with one of this country's best-loved writers, but also with a director of distinction. The directors battle it out, and David the actor stands impatiently in the wings."

Day 12:
David: "I'm over the top."

Stephen: "You're not. You're really not."

David: "Your top is situated some hundred yards above everyone else. I've seen your productions."



Stephen Daldry directed both the Royal Court and The Lincoln Center Theatre's Broadway productions of Via Dolorosa.

Other productions include:
An Inspector Calls, This Is a Chair, Rat in the Skull, Body Talk, The Kitchen, The Editing Process, Search and Destroy , Damned for Despair, The Fleisser Plays, Figaro Gets Married.

He graduated from Sheffield University then trained with II Circo di Nando Orfio (Italy).

His honors include: Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, Evening Standard Awards, Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, London Fringe Awards, Peter Brook Empty Space Award. Both the Royal Court and the Gate Theatre won innumerable awards under his directorship. Stephen has also directed and produced for BBC Radio Drama and Television.

His film company is developing a number of projects with Working Title Films and he is also currently the director of the Royal Court Theatre's $42 million redevelopment in London's Sloane Square. Stephen is a Trustee and Artistic Advisor to the Old Vic Theatre in London.

 

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