Alexander Knott has been appointed Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington. He takes up the post with immediate effect, having worked at the venue as Theatre Manager.
Alexander Knott is a theatre maker who works as a writer, director, creative producer and performer. His work has been nominated for multiple LPT Standing Ovation Awards and an Off West End Award ‘OffComm’ commendation.
He has been Resident Writer & Co-Director of BoxLess Theatre since 2016. His most recent play, Hedgehog, was nominated for the LPT Standing Ovation Award at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre. He is Joint Director of theatre collective Bag of Beard and Associate Artist at The Lion & Unicorn.
On his appointment Alexander said, “The Old Red Lion has always been defined by its boundless ambition and the unstoppable trajectory of its artists. In seeing a show here, the audience know that they might be watching the first work of the industry shaping theatre makers of the future.
As the first home of The Play That Goes Wrong, Arthur Miller’s No Villain and Nina Raine’s Rabbit to name just three, the ORL has always been the stamping ground of groundbreaking creatives as well as big names. The Spring Season absolutely reflects this, with a combination of emerging and established artists bringing a collection of pieces that show where we are now, and where we’re going. I can’t wait to share it. I can’t quite believe that I get to.”
His credits as a writer include Bath (The Bread & Roses Theatre, Bag of Beard), LOOP (Theatre N16 / Theatre Royal Stratford East & Tour, BoxLess Physical Theatre), which was named as one of the Top 10 Off West End Plays of 2017 by Theatre Weekly, Blue Blue (WoLab, Kings Head Theatre), Renaissance Men (Joint Writer/Dramaturg, The Old Red Lion/53Two, Manchester, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax), At Last (Joint Writer, Proforca, Lion & Unicorn Theatre and tour) and Nothing Between Friends (Joint Writer, West Avenue, Waterloo East Theatre). His work as a director includes collaborations at Theatre N16, Italia Conti BA & Buried (Tristan Bates Theatre)
Outgoing Artistic Director and Producer of the London Horror Festival, Katy Danbury, remains an Associate Artist of the ORL.