Director for Film & Theatre

Paul Robinson has just directed his first feature film, And Then Come the Nightjars for Finite Films.

Since 2016 Paul has been Artistic Director of The Stephen Joseph Theatre where productions include Brief Encounter, Constellations, The Offing, Little Voice, Goth Weekend, The 39 Steps, Stepping Out, A Christmas Carol, Pinnochio, Alice In Wonderland and The Snow Queen.

Paul trained as a director at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Shortly after, he received an Arts Council Directing Bursary at The Manchester Royal Exchange. He was selected to attend the National Theatre's Advanced Directors' Course and was then Staff Director at the National Theatre for three years. 

Paul was Joint Artistic Director of Theatre503 from 2007 – 2012, when the theatre was turned into a multi award-winning new writing powerhouse. Credits include: Salt Meets Wound, They Have Oak Trees in North Carolina (also Radio 4), The Lifesavers (TMA nominated), This Charming Man, Desolate Heaven and The Life of Stuff. 

Paul took on sole leadership of Theatre503 from 2012, introducing the Trafalgar Transfer season and the International Playwriting Award. He has been twice nominated for Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards. Paul's productions of And Then Come the Nightjars, A Handful of Stars and Land of Our Fathers all received huge critical acclaim and garnered a total of twelve Off West End Award nominations, including Best Director for each.

Other credits include: Breakfast with Mugabe, The Swallowing Dark (TMA award winner), My Mother Said I Never Should (starring Maureen Lipman) and Honour (starring Henry Goodman and Imogen Stubbs).




A film adaptation of Bea Robert's play of the same name.

In production



  • Henry Goodman
  • Imogen Stubbs
  • Revival of Joanna Murray-Smith's play, Honour paints an unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls.

    Park Theatre
    Writer Charlotte Keatley
  • Katie Brayben
  • Caroline Faber
  • Maureen Lipman
  • Serena Manteghi
  • Revival of Charlotte Keatley's play exploring relationships between mothers and daughters

    St. James Theatre
    Writer Chris Urch

    Touring production of the drama about a group of miners stuck down a coal mine

    English & Welsh Tour
    Writer Bea Roberts
  • David Fielder
  • Nigel Hastings
  • Premiere of play set on a farm in the south-west of England during the foot and mouth crisis

    Land of our Fathers
    Nominated: Best Director, Off West End Award
    Director Paul Robinson
    Writer Chris Urch
  • Clive Merrison
  • Patrick Brennan
  • Paul Prescott
  • Kyle Rees
  • Luke Eliott
  • Drama about a group of Welsh miners trapped in a coal mine

    Theatre503 & Trafalgar Studios
    A Handful of Stars
    Nominated: Best Director, Off West End Award
    Writer Billy Roche
  • Keith Duffy
  • Ciaran Owens
  • Michael O’Hagan
  • Maureen O’Connell
  • Revival of Billy Roche's play about a young man living in Wexford

    Theatre503 & Trafalgar Studios
    Writer Simon Donald
  • Ben Adams
  • Paula Masterton
  • Gregory Finnegan
  • Rhys Owen
  • Pamela Dwyer
  • Revival of Simon Donald's play as part of Theatre 503's Second Look

    Writer Ailís Ní Ríain
  • Brid Brennan
  • Carla Langley
  • Evelyn Lockley
  • Opening play for Paul's first season as solo Artistic Director of Theatre503

    Writer Alice Birch, Ben Ellis, Matt Hartley, Lizzie Nunnery & Rex Obano
  • Alex Beckett
  • Katie McGuinness
  • Kate Sissons
  • Mark Wingett
  • Jacqueline King
  • Collaborative project with plays from five writers

    Writer Ruaraidh Murray
  • Ruaraidh Murray
  • Sell out show at the Edinburgh fringe

    Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh
    Writer Lizzie Nunnery
  • Allyson Ava-Brown
  • Wil Johnson
  • Psychological thriller about a man and his son who have fled Zimbabwe

    Liverpool Playhouse Studio
    Writer Gabriel Bisset-Smith
  • Syrus Lowe
  • Kate Sissons
  • David Verry
  • Sarah Berger
  • Political satire about a young man fast-tracked to become leader of the Green Party

    Writer Boris Cezek, Kris Spiteri, Malcolm Galea & Abigail Guan
  • David Burt
  • Brandan Cull
  • Jody Peach
  • Sophia Thierens
  • Alain Terzoli
  • Musical comedy about a Maltese man who becomes a porn star in America

    Writer Matt Hartley
  • Scarlet Johnson
  • Tom Stuart
  • Play about a woman who has a psychic connection to her husband who is fighting in the Afghanistan war

    Theatre503 & Latitude Festival
    Writer Fraser Grace
  • Keith Bartlett
  • Laurence Mitchell
  • Gina Isaac
  • Rupert Simonian
  • A dystopian vision of the future where parents are no longer trusted to bring up their children

    Mercury Theatre
    Writer Mark Ravenhill

    Play about a manor house where children are experimented upon

    Latitude Festival
    Writer Athol Fugard
  • Saskia Reeves
  • Rafe Spall
  • Revival of Athol Fugard's play about a brother and sister searching for compensation money they believe their father has hidden

    Trafalgar Studios
    Writer Sarah Wooley
  • Janet Amsden
  • Simon Harrison
  • Hilton McRae
  • Play about a couple whose son disappears when he is five and twenty-two years later a young man arrives at their home claiming to be their son

    Theatre503 & Radio 4
    Writer Fraser Grace
  • Miles Anderson
  • Joseph Marcell
  • Andi Osho
  • Nicholas Bailey
  • Play about a white psychiatrist brought in to help President Mugabe who is battling with mental demons

    Ustinov Studio
    Writer Tom Morton-Smith
  • Catherine Cusack
  • Emilio Doorgasing
  • Matthew Douglas
  • Damian O'Hare
  • Rebecca O'Mara
  • A writer goes to Central Asia to research his book during the height of the War on Terror

    Writer Tom Stoppard
  • Emma Fielding
  • Dominic West
  • David Calder
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Martin Chamberlain
  • West End transfer of the play about the link between rock music, East European dissidence and the fall of Communism

    Duke of York's Theatre
    World’s End
    Edinburgh Festival Fringe First
    Writer Paul Sellar
  • Fiona Button
  • Monica Bertei
  • Jamie Belman
  • Merryn Owen
  • Play about a young woman moving her belongings out of her ex-boyfriend's flat

    Edinburgh Festival
    Writer Fraser Grace
  • Sello Maake Ka-Ncube
  • Wale Ojo
  • Lucian Msamati
  • Stephen Billington
  • Wela Frasier
  • Play about the murder of a journalist working for a newspaper in Apartheid era South Africa

    Riverside Studios
    Writer John Donnelly
  • Verity Harding
  • Sara Masters
  • Marianne Oldham
  • Old Red Lion
    Writer David Mamet
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Nicola Walker
  • Stephen Greif
  • Staff director on production of Mamet's play about a businessman who walks out on his life

    National Theatre
    Writer William Shakespeare
  • Simon Day
  • Olivia Williams
  • Kate Fleetwood
  • Robin Soans
  • Richard Henders
  • Staff director on Trevor Nunn's production of the Shakespearean classic

    National Theatre
    Writer Tom Stoppard
  • Stephen Dillane
  • Douglas Henshall
  • Will Keen
  • Staff director on the trilogy of plays dealing with Russian revolutionaries

    National Theatre
    Writer Phil Porter
  • Katy Carmichael
  • Adele Parry
  • Ben Porter
  • Lexi Strauss
  • Gareth Abel
  • Four short stories about teenagers dealing with morality

    Royal Exchange Theatre
    Writer William Inge

    Drama about a group of bus passengers trapped in diner by a snowstorm

    Royal Exchange Theatre
    Writer August Strindberg

    Revival of Strindberg's classic play set over the course of midsummer evening in Sweden

    Bristol Old Vic


    Adaptation of August Strindberg's play

    Bristol Old Vic Studio