Ian Talbot OBE – Director

Ian was Artistic and Managing Director of The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park until 2008. He has been associated with the company since 1971.

For Regent’s Park: BABES IN ARMSTHE FANTASTICKSLADY BE GOODTHE CARDKISS ME KATEA FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMOH, WHAT A LOVELY WARHIGH SOCIETYH.M.S. PINAFORE; (all nominated for Olivier awards),THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE(Olivier nomination for Best Director 2000), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGANDROCLES AND THE LIONLOOK HERE OLD SONTHE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONATWELFTH NIGHTA MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMA CONNECTICUT YANKEETHE COMEDY OF ERRORSPAINT YOUR WAGONGENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDESTHE MUSIC MANWHERE’S CHARLEY?CAMELOT AND THE RETURN OF LADY BE GOOD and THE BOYFRIEND.

Other directing credits include: THE SECRET GARDEN (Watermill Theatre, Newbury); YEOMAN OF THE GUARD (Savoy Theatre); PETER PAN (Royal Festival Hall); HIGH SOCIETY (Shaftesbury Theatre and National Tour); PIRATES OF PENZANCE (West Yorkshire Playhouse and National Tour); ANYTHING GOES (National Tour); KISS ME KATE (Brisbane Festival); NOISES OFF(Birmingham Repertory Theatre); INVISIBLE MAN and CHARLIE’S AUNT (Menier Chocolate Factory); LEND ME A TENOR (Gielgud Theatre); DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE (National Tour); LOVE LETTERS (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); THIRD FINGER, LEFT HAND (Trafalgar Studios); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (The Old Globe Theatre); AFRAID OF THE DARK (Charing Cross Theatre); THE PERFECT MURDER(National Tour); THE MOUSETRAP (St Martins Theatre); ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (UK Tour); DEAD SIMPLE (UK Tour);  DEAD SHEEP (Park Theatre & UK Tour), PERFECT MURDER (UK Tour), MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (UK Tour); NOT DEAD ENOUGH (UK Tour); ALEX SALMOND (Edinburgh Festival); EUGENIUS! (The Other Palace), ONCE SEEN ON BLUE PETER – MAKES, BAKES & OUTTAKES (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), THE DAME (Dome, Edinburgh & Park Theatre) ,THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL (UK Tour) and THE MOUSETRAP (St Martins Theatre); PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (UK Tour); SHIRLEY VALENTINE (Cheltenham Everyman and Salisbury Playhouse) and SCARAMOUCHE JONES (Stream.theatre). 

Ian has also directed many Pantomimes for First Family & QDOS.

Ian was awarded the O.B.E. in 2007 in the New Years honours for his services to the arts.