mcThe Plays of Edward Albee with Ian Rickson

The Plays of Edward Albee with Ian Rickson

‘If you have an opportunity to work with Ian Rickson don’t think, just do’ – Hugh Jackman

Ian Rickson’s probing curiosity, depth of understanding and clarity marks him as one of the finest theatre directors in the world. In this Masterclass Ian will journey with actors and auditors into the world of Edward Albee, one of America’s greatest dramatist.

Ian Rickson speaks about being ‘present’

Edward Albee is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who passed away in September 2016. He is remembered as one of the foremost American playwrights of his generation, known for his distinctive use of language while challenging audiences to examine the suffering caused by conventional, artificial social traditions.

“If you don’t live on the precipice, right close to the edge, you’re wasting your time. I hope that my plays are useful in that sense, they try to persuade people to live on, right on the edge dangerously and fully. Because you only do it once.”

– Edward Albee

Edward Albee speaks about the power of theatre

Ian Rickson is currently in pre-production for Edward Albee’s play “The Goat or Who is Syliva?” starring Damian Lewis (Homeland, Wolf Hall) which will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London in March 2017. This could not be a better time to enter the world of Edward Albee with one of the worlds greatest theatre directors.

Ian was the artistic director of the prestigious Royal Court Theatre in London from 1998-2006. While there he programmed and directed work by Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett and Caryl Churchill to name a few. He also nurtured playwrights including Sarah Kane, Jez Butterworth, Simon Stephans and Conor McPherson, ensuring they weren’t one hit wonders but could produce a substantial body of work.

“The Royal Court Theatre means the world to me. To work for a company that puts the writer at the centre, and strives to create the best conditions for everybody to thrive in serving this mission, is a privilege.” — Ian Rickson

Since stepping down as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Ian has directed acclaimed productions at the National and the West End and Broadway with renowned actors such as Kristen Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance, Ellen Bursten, Hugh Jackman, Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss.

The Masterclass

In this three-day Masterclass actors will work on scenes from the acclaimed plays of Edward Albee.

Over five decades, Edward Albee crafted more than two dozen plays, including The Zoo Story, Who’s Afriad of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women receiving Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Awards and a host of other accolades.

“All of my plays are about people missing the boat, closing down too young, coming to the end of their lives with regret at things not done, as opposed to things done…I find most people spend too much time living as if they’re never going to die.” – Edward Albee

This is an exploratory Masterclass conducted in a rehearsal environment. Ian will direct actors with the objective to illuminate character and the intentions underpinning Edward Albee’s plays.

“An artist needs courage, resilience, openness, luck and tremendous stamina, all in roughly equal proportions.”

– Ian Rickson

Selection is by online application including a headshot, CV and link to showreel/filmed work.


Auditors have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of acting and directing to gain a deeper insight into their craft.
Auditing is not simply an act of watching but rather an active process in which you experience and learn through dynamic observation and analysis.

Very limited Auditing Tickets available. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.  

To book Auditing Tickets please click on the link in the column on the right hand side of this page or click the below link.


Ian Rickson’s Credits Include

Mouth to Mouth (West End), The Weir (West End & Broadway), Pale Horse and Mojo (at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), Hedda Gabler (Broadway), The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan (The Royal Court and Broadway), The Olivier and Tony Award winning production of Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End & Broadway), The Children’s Hour with Ellen Burstyn, Keira Knightly and Elizabeth Moss and most recently Ian directed Hugh Jackman in the River on Broadway.

Ian Rickson speaks about directing Hugh Jackman in The River