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 he has directed Babes In Arms; The Fantasticks; Lady Be Good; The Card; Kiss Me Kate; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Oh, What A Lovely War; High Society; H.M.S. Pinafore; (all nominated for Olivier awards), The Pirates Of Penzance (Olivier nomination for Best Director 2000), Much Ado About Nothing; Androcles And The Lion; Look Here Old Son; The Two Gentlemen Of Verona; Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Connecticut Yankee; The Comedy Of Errors; Paint Your Wagon; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; The Music Man; Where’s Charley?; Camelot and the return of Lady Be Good and The Boyfriend.
His 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 Reportary 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) and PERFECT MURDER (UK Tour).
Ian has also directed many pantomimes with stars such as Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff alongside many repertory theatre productions.
Ian was awarded the O.B.E. in 2007 in the New Years honors for his services to the arts.