Sam
Yates

Film and theatre director.

Sam Yates is an award-winning film and theatre director. He was voted one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2016, named a rising star in The Observer, and featured in GQ Magazine’s Men of the next 25 years. Yates has been described as “a major talent” in The Guardian newspaper and “a director of unusual flair” in The Observer.

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Theatre

Director

Writer Kenneth Lonergan
Starring
  • Elizabeth McGovern
  • Matthew Broderick
  • The story of an astronomer who feels a closer connection to the infinite, starry sky than to his job or his wife, Anne. Though he doesn't believe in fate, a chance meeting with a single mother forces him to reevaluate his life, his faith, and his place in the universe itself.

    Wyndham's Theatre
    Writer Ella Road
    Starring
  • Jade Anouka
  • Returning to the main stage in 2019, in a world where future happiness depends on a single, inescapable blood test – which dictates everything from credit rating to dating prospects - how far will people go to beat the system and let nature take its course?

    Hampstead Theatre
    Writer Paul Muldoon
    Starring
  • Stanley Townsend
  • This world premiere stage production imagines a whole life that is based on Paul Muldoon’s writing and it goes beyond that too. It’s a story full of love, full of heartache, full of sadness, and with bitingly funny humour too.

    Galway International Arts Festival
    Writer David Mamet
    Starring
  • Robert Glenister
  • Christian Slater
  • Kris Marshall
  • Don Warrington
  • Two days in the lives of a group of American real estate agents who are battling it out to sell undesirable land by any means necessary.

    Playhouse Theatre, West End & ATG No. 1 Tour
    Writer Eugene O'Neill
    Starring
  • Aoife Duffin
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Inspired by several Greek tragedies, this play follows an American family in New England.

    Sheffield Crucible Theatre
    Murder Ballad
    Nominated for Olivier Award and 3 What's on Stage Awards
    Writer Julia Jordan & Juliana Nash
    Starring
  • Kerry Ellis
  • Victoria Hamilton-Barritt
  • Ramin Karimloo
  • Norman Bowman
  • The dramatic story of a love triangle gone wrong.

    Arts, West End
    Cymbeline
    Ian Charleson Award commendation
    Writer William Shakespeare
    Starring
  • Joseph Marcell
  • Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Globe Theatre
    Writer Ayub Khan-Din
    Starring
  • Jane Horrocks
  • Pauline McLynn
  • Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan – ‘Genghis’ to his kids – is determined to give his children a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970s Salford.

    Trafalgar Studios, West End
    Director Ruth Wilson
    Writer Eugene O’Neill

    Three One Act Plays written between 1913 and 1918.

    Hoxton Hall
    Writer John Patrick Shanley
    Starring
  • Deirdre O'Kane
  • Rural Irish drama about two farmer neighbours struggling with  inheritance squabbles and unrequited love.

    Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath
    Billy Liar
    Best Actor & Best Newcomer, 2015 Manchester Theatre Awards
    Writer Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall

    This tale of northern life in 1960s Britain captures a country on the edge of seismic change.

    Royal Exchange Manchester
    Cornelius
    Nominated for four Off West End Awards; Critics’ Pick New York Times
    Writer J.B. Priestley
    Starring
  • Alan Cox
  • Politics and tensions of daily office life are tackled with searing wit and humanity in this hilarious and heart-breaking story of friendship, unrequited love and business.

    Finborough & 59E59 New York
    Writer St John Ervine

    Set in Ireland before partition, Mixed Marriage is a poetic tragedy – leavened with earthy humour – which dissects class and religious sectarianism through the breakdown of one ordinary family.

    Finborough Theatre

    Film

    Director

    The Hope Rooms
    Grand Prize Future Filmmaker Award (Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival) 2016;
    Short
    Producer Daniel-Konrad Cooper
    Writer David Watson
    Starring
  • Ciarán Hinds
  • Andrew Scott
  • The film tells the story of estranged father, Eamonn, and his son, Sean, who meet up after 15 years in a cafe in London.

    31Productions, Bill Kenwright Films, Rather Good Films
    Starring
  • Hayley Atwell
  • Shakespeare's Globe
    Starring
  • Ruth Wilson
  • Lindsay Duncan
  • Shakespeare's Globe
    Starring
  • Gemma Arterton
  • David Dawson
  • Shakespeare's Globe

    Radio

    Director

    Writer Chris Harrald
    Starring
  • Hayley Atwell
  • John Macmillan
  • Pauline McLynn
  • An edge-of-tomorrow science fiction drama following a neuroscientist who triggers a new consciousness into being.

    Production Company Sparklab
    Broadcaster BBC 4 Radio