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" Broadway is full of crazy people. "
" I realise that there's something about fantasy, whether it's written by the Grimm Brothers or J. K. Rowling or Thorne or J. M. Barrie, that it gets closer to the human experience than realism every could. "
" A first preview is not exactly a pleasant experience for directors and actors. You're never as raw as when the audience first comes in. "
" One of my favorite things to read in the 'Observer' is the restaurant review by Jay Rayner. I love reading about these restaurants that I won't ever have the time to go to. "
" Theatre is a playground. It really is, and we should use that playground more. "
" I don't like the idea of stepping-stones in art forms: that you do your time at a regional theatre, and then you work in London and go to the West End, and then you do films. I've never felt like following that trajectory. "
" I suppose the key for me is about opening up experiences and untold stories to audiences. "
" I don't think it's good, culturally, to base all critical judgments on a single performance. "
" I'm not interested in putting naturalism on stage - I want passion. "
" I'm fascinated to see how 'Black Watch' connects with an American audience. "
" Whenever I'd seen Greek tragedy done with masks and declamations, it brought me out in a rash. "
" I'm a sucker for emotionally exploitative cello. "
" I thought a director was like a pillow who sat under the writer, supporting them and submitting to their vision. It took me a long time to realise that what a writer really wants is a production that matches the play and the writing. It is the only way the play can achieve its full potential. "
" 'Philistines' was so beautiful, and it bored me to death. I never want to see another production where the rain splashes against a window and actors wander around in drab cardigans saying, 'I'm so bored.' "
" When I get really down, I remember that we all share 99.99 per cent of our DNA with Beyonce. And suddenly, the world doesn't seem too bleak. "
" I think associate director jobs are the best in the world, because you can do what you want and not have to take responsibility for it! "
" Sometimes it should be the job of Broadway to introduce stars as well as cast them. "
" In theatre, previews are the first draft of a show. I strongly believe that. The only way we can truly tell whether that draft works is by having an audience present. "
" I was obsessed with theatre and loving the work of Caryl Churchill, Edward Bond, Howard Brenton, and Howard Barker, people doing real formal experimentation. But 'Road' was the first time I'd read a play written in a very true Northern dialect that seemed to have that excitement running through it. "
" My need is about communicating the whole, and when the whole is there in the text and in what the actors are doing, then it doesn't need 'frou-frou,' as I call it. "
" I'll always have a relationship with Scotland. "
" How do we compete with the 3D superscreens at the cineplex? We just make it better - because theatre is better because it's live. Instead of trying to be like the poor cousin, we need to accept that we're the king. "
" When you tell a story that you know is having an effect on the audience, that, for me, is the transforming thing. "
" I love mishmash and the chaos of art forms. "
" I tend to work quite a lot during the weekends. My weekend can often be about two hours on Sunday. "
" I do like horror films, but I wouldn't ever be interested in putting a horror on stage - blood doesn't equal horror. "
" The physicality of a production needs evolution and breath. "
" Usually, in theatre, you're adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the 'Cursed Child,' we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J. K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows - it's exhilarating. "
" I never get star-struck. I never fanboy. Ever, ever, ever. "
" I know Australians are no strangers to pubs, but in the U.K., the pub is a real meeting place because the houses can be quite small, so the pub is an extension of the living space. "
" The only thing I fear is when people say, 'I should go to the theatre more.' I say, 'We should create work that makes you not have a choice.' "