Gary Lagden
Gary Lagden


Gary comes from Port Talbot, South Wales and trained as an actor at RADA.

Since graduating in 1994 he has acted in over 80 productions. He has toured nationally and internationally, including work in Russia, Denmark and Azerbaijan. His first job was a season of weekly rep at Frinton on Sea summer theatre.

He just directed 4 Zoom Shakespeare In Action courses for RADA as well as a Zoom production of Coriolanus for RADA/NYU Tisch. He also directed Timon of Athens for the Foundation Course at RADA. He will be continuing a major tour of his play Fly Half in 2021.

Flly Half has already played at Hull Truck Theatre and social clubs in Hull. This opened the RADA Festival 2018 and was part of Wales Week in London at the RADA studios in 2019. It has also toured to Theatre's, Pub Theatre's and Rugby Clubs. Here are some reviews:

Fly Half is a new play about the trials and tribulations of a Port Talbot rugby player. It originated in the Autumn of 2017. He wrote and acted in this. Musician Gareth Moulton composed and performed. It was directed by Geoff Bullen. This was an Arts Council England funded play and began life in his beloved Aberavon rugby club, Port Talbot, before performances in The Old Library Theatre, Mansfield.

In 2019 he directed Hamlet for the NYU Course and The Tempest for The Foundation Course, both at RADA.

In the Autumn of 2018 he directed a version of King Lear for the NYU students at RADA, before this it was Hamlet for RADA's Shakespeare in Action course as well as directing on their Shakespeare Summer School.

In the spring of 2018 he directed Coriolanus for RADA's Foundation Course.

In 2017 at RADA he directed Hamlet for the Foundation Course, Coriolanus for the NYU students, Macbeth for the Shakespeare at Large Course and As You Like It for the Shakespeare in Action Course. He also directed on RADA's Shakespeare Summer School.

In the Autumn of 2016 he completed a run of The First by Jayne Williams for The Spark Arts. This production originated in 2014.

In 2016 he directed on both RADA's Shakespeare Summer School and the Shakespeare in Action course where he directed Much Ado About Nothing. In that Spring Gary directed Macbeth at RADA for their Foundation Course.

In 2015 he toured A Tasty Tale by Noël Greig for The Spark Arts, as well as completing a run of The Chair by Lewis Gibson at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre.

Also in 2015 he directed Othello at RADA.

In 2014 Gary completed a run of The Pardoner's Tale at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. This production began at The Unicorn Theatre and also travelled to The Egg Theatre in Bath.

Prior to this he was in A Thousand Slimy Things, a version of The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, directed by Lewis Gibson for Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre and Tangere Arts, a company Gary had close links with.

Previously Tangere Arts produced a trilogy of Noël Greig plays, which Noël wrote for Gary to perform. They were Hood in the Wood, A Tasty Tale and Noël's final piece Tin Soldier, also directed by Lewis Gibson which won the 2012 OFFIE award for Best Production For Young People.

Gary has worked for many companies including Theatre Centre, Amoeba Arts, The Touring Consortium, The Young Vic, The Royal Court and Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout.

He has directed T.I.E. shows for Tangere Arts, Shakespeare and Ibsen at Mountview Academy and Romeo and Juliet for the NYU students at RADA.

Gary is an associate tutor at RADA.

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