Robert Marsden


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2007 - 2020Director
Various pantomimes and productionsImagine Theatre Company
Halifax, Crewe, Rotherham, Reading, Porthcawl, Loughborough.
1997 - 2020Freelance Theatre Director - see attached CV and summary below
various across UK and Europevarious subsidised and commercial companies
UK and Europe
2018 - 2019Director
The Railway Children / Keeping Up AppearancesHordern Ciani Ltd
Swanage / Leatherhead
2016 - 2018writer / leading on New Writing programme
Peter Pan / GYWPSelladoor Worldwide
Yes Prime Minister / The Secret Garden / The Game's AfootHordern Ciani Ltd / Swanage Repertory
Mowlam Theatre Swanage
2014 - 2017Director - Summer Musicals
Fame / Bugsy Malone / The WizAmbassadors Theatre Group
Milton Keynes Theatre
A Weekend in The CountryCooper Hall
1997 - 2012Creative Director
NumerousReveal Theatre Company Ltd
2002 - 2005Artistic Associate
Various mainhouse, Borderlines and StudioNew Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent
  • Education

    PgcltheRose Bruford
    2020PhD - Discoveries in the Rehearsal RoomUniversity of Wolverhampton
    2013Senior FellowHigher Education Academy
    2011MA Professional PracticeMiddlesex University
    1999BA DramaDepartment of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University

    Additional Skills

    SPECIALIST AREAS: Pantomime; Documentary and Verbatim Theatre; Theatre in the Round; Musical Theatre; New Writing; Opera, Adaptation.

    Additional Information

    Co-Course Leader and Associate Professor in Acting and Directing (Staffordshire University).

    His book 'Inside the Rehearsal Room' will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020.

    Acting Tutor- including Arden School of Theatre, Manchester, Expressions Academy Mansfield.

    Some Testimonials-

    Rob Marsden directed The Wiz at Milton Keynes Theatre in July-Aug 2014. He created and directed a fantastic youth production which we are very proud of. Rob was a pleasure to work with and we would have no hesitation in employing him again as a director if the opportunity arose. Rob was a brilliant director; he expertly led and directed a cast of 100 children. He was fully committed to the production, very hard working, professional and got on extremely well with the creative team.

    Rachael Findlay - Creative Learning Manager Milton Keynes Theatre and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

    Rob has directed our tradition family pantomimes for a number of seasons and I hold him in very high esteem. The standard of his work is truly outstanding and being a very organised and intelligent director his preparation for panto is first class.

    The actors do love working with Rob as he is helpful, thoughtful and capable and will always allow them to bring some of their own ideas to the mix. Rob never disappoints and always delivers.

    Iain Lauchlan

    Creative Director- Imagine Theatre

    "It was a delight to have Robert Marsden as our Stage Director for the Music Theatre and Opera stagings at this year's AIMS singing course -

    He produced these scenes with flair, imagination and sensitivity, and managed to integrate a diverse cast, who had been brought together from all over the world, into a tight and effective ensemble.

    The resulting performances were cheered to the rafters by the 250 appreciative other singers on the course. He will definitely be on my list for further bookings in the AIMS summer couses yet to come".

    Neil Jenkins, MA, FISM, Artistic Director AIMS International Music School


    Chris Monks, c/o Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough

    Gwenda Hughes, c/o New Vic Theatre Stoke

    Stephen Boden, Imagine Theatre, Coventry

    ‘Rob Marsden is a versatile and talented director who consistently delivers quality productions with panache'.

    Chris Monks, previous Artistic Director, Stephen Joseph Theatre.

    Industry Awards

    Culturegen Professional Development Award

    About me

    A freelance theatre director who has worked extensively in commercial and subsidised sectors in UK and Europe.

    Companies worked for include: Selladoor Worldwide, Leatherhead Theatre, Bolton Octagon, New Vic Theatre (5 years); Yvonne Arnaud and Stephen Joseph Scarborough, Theatre Productions Ltd National Tours, WISH Theatre Ltd, Imagine Theatre (9 years) , ATG, Reveal Theatre, Aberyswtyth Arts.

    Productions include: The Secret Garden, The Railway Children, Fame,The Wiz, Into the Woods, Midsummer Night's Dream, Lysistrata, King Macbeth (new writing); Fen, The House of Bernarda Alba, Cry Havoc!, Merrily We Roll Along, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, Some Enchanted Evening, Charley's Aunt, Trench Kiss, Cabaret, Am I Not a Man and a Brother?, Sticks and Stones, Attempts on Her Life, Kindertransport, Outside Edge, Beauty and the Beast and Sugar Daddies plus 26 pantomimes as writer and director across the UK.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • European Tour
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Organisation Memberships
    • Equity (UK)
    Experienced In
    • Children's Theatre
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • Fringe
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Opera
    • Panto
    • Pantomime
    • Shakespeare
    • Showcase
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • Tragedy