Ed Burnside

Senior Rehearsal Director


RSC: Matilda The Musical

THEATRE: Most recently, Ed has been Children’s Director on season three of Netflix’s The Crown (working alongside director Benjamin Caron). He was Deputy Associate Director of the Japanese and Korean productions of Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot The Musical. He was also Resident Director for the first UK and Ireland tour. As Director: Black (Theatre Royal/Stratford East/Adelaide Festival/SOHO Theatre/Edinburgh Festival. Total Theatre Award Nomination for Innovation and Experimentation); Persuasion, Far From The Madding Crowd, Northanger Abbey (Dorset Corset National Tours); Le Gateau Chocolat (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Sydney Opera House); Cinderella (Fareham/ Redditch); Jack and The Beanstalk (Fareham); Diamond (Brighton Dome);  Threepenny Opera (Old Market); The Circle Game (Brit School/Brighton Festival). As Associate/Revival/Resident Director: Billy Elliot The Musical (UK and Ireland tour/ Hamburg); Deputy International Associate Director of Japanese and Korean productions of Billy Elliot The Musical; Starting Line (Paralympics 2012), Twisted Dreams (street late-night circus/ Glastonbury Festival).

Workshops include: Closer Than Ever and Starting Here Starting Now (with orchestrator Julian Kelly / Chichester),  Marry Me A Little (Chichester). The Puppy That Ate Christmas, Smouldering (New Writing South)

Ed has been a visiting director and lecturer at University of Chichester, Central School of Speech and Drama, Trinity College of Music, BRIT School, Croydon, Italia Conti (Acting Department) and Urdang, London as well as delivering workshops for The Old Vic.

Ed trained originally as an actor. Acting  includes: Power (National Theatre), Iphigenia at Aulis (Oxford Playhouse), The Iron Eyelashes (Dublin, Ipswich) and Bright Star (BBC Films).