John Richard Tiffany OBE (born c. 1971) is an English theatre director. He directed the internationally successful productions Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Black Watch and Once. He has won 2 Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.
John Richard Tiffany
c. 1971 (age 47–48)
Tiffany was brought up in Marsden, near Huddersfield, England. His mother was a nurse, also a chorus girl; his father was an engineer, and also played in a brass band. As a youth, he participated in the Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir and held jobs at Boots UK and a restaurant. He initially studied biology at Glasgow University, but switched to classics and drama.
Tiffany's theatrical background is in "developing and directing new plays at Scottish theaters". He was literary director at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre from 1997 to 2001. He then began his working association with Vicky Featherstone, becoming Associate Director at UK new writing touring theatre company Paines Plough, from 2001 to 2005, where Featherstone was Artistic Director.
After Featherstone was named founding Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland in late 2004, she hired Tiffany again, as Associate Director of New Work of the company. Tiffany's earliest success with the company was his direction of the highly regarded 2006 production of Black Watch. Tiffany's other National Theatre of Scotland productions included an adaptation of Peter Pan, which played in Glasgow, in April to May 2010, and then toured to London, Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen; a version of The Bacchae, starring Alan Cumming as Dionysus; and Macbeth, as co-director with Andrew Goldberg, in which Cumming played all the roles. His final production as Associate Director was Let the Right One In which premiered in Dundee in 2013.
James Bond movie producer Barbara Broccoli acquired the stage production rights for Once, which is based on the 2006 musical film by the same name, and subsequently recruited Tiffany to produce it after seeing his Black Watch at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.
Tiffany collaborated on Once with longtime friend and choreographer Steven Hoggett, with whom he had also worked on Black Watch. Although the two had been close friends since 1987, they did not collaborate until 2003 when they worked on The Straits by Gregory Burke. Once marked their seventh collaboration.
Tiffany directed the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Once in 2011–2012. He won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for his direction of Once. Among the artistic decisions that Hoggett and Tiffany made was the decision to eliminate the choreography from several works including "Falling Slowly", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Once at the 66th Tony Awards. Tiffany also received a 2012 Obie Award special citation (along with Once colleagues Hoggett and Martin Lowe). Once earned 11 Tony Award nominations, more than any other production for the 2011–12 season.
In 2013, he directed a production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, which transferred to Broadway. The work earned him a second Best direction of a play Tony Award nomination. However, he lost out to Kenny Leon who directed A Raisin in the Sun. In April 2015, his production of Enda Walsh's adaptation of The Twits was described as "torture" by Telegraph Chief Critic Dominic Cavendish.
Tiffany directed the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play opened at the West End Palace Theatre, London on 7 June 2016 in previews and officially on 30 July. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on Broadway on 22 April 2018, again directed by Tiffany. He won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play, 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play, and 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Play.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a British two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Previews of the play began at the Palace Theatre, London on 7 June 2016, and it premiered on 30 July 2016.
The play opened on Broadway on 22 April 2018 at the Lyric Theatre, with previews starting on 16 March 2018. Its cast is similar to that of the first year on West End, with returning actors Anthony Boyle, Sam Clemmett, Noma Dumezweni, Poppy Miller, Jamie Parker, Alex Price, and Paul Thornley.
The story begins nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
At the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, the London production received a record-breaking eleven nominations and won an again record-breaking nine awards, including Best New Play, Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Director. At the 2018 Tony Awards, the Broadway production won six awards, including Best Play. The play also set the record for highest all-time weekly ticket sales of any play after grossing over $2.5 million at the Lyric Theater for the week ending on December 30, 2018.Steven Hoggett
Steven Hoggett is a British choreographer and movement director. He has won an Olivier Award as well as an Obie Award, has been nominated four times for a Drama Desk Award and three times for a Tony Award.
Awards for John Tiffany