SIMON H WEST is a director, performer and producer. Before he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Simon was a member of Everyman Theatre and appeared in many of their productions at Dyffryn Gardens and Chapter. Since then, he has directed over 60 professional productions for the stage, appeared in theatre, television and commercials across Europe and lectures in Performing Arts for University of South Wales and Cardiff & Vale College. He directed his first production for Everyman – Twelfth Night – at the 2001 Festival. Other Festival shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, another Twelfth Night, The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore, Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third, ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Hi-de-Hi, The Railway Children and last year’s production of Blackadder Goes Forth.
He has also worked regularly for Simply Theatre Academy in Geneva, where he has directed Macbeth, The Tempest, another version of The Railway Children, yet another Twelfth Night and The Crucible. Other productions as Director include Closer and After Miss Julie (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); 84 Charing Cross Road, Veronica’s Room, Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth; and he was Resident Director on Jack and the Beanstalk for The Barbican Theatre, London.
With GO Productions, Simon has also co-produced the Festival’s Family Show since 2013 as well as productions of Confusions, Flint Street Nativity, 13: The Musical, Carrie, Be More Chill, Godspell and Urinetown.
Calendar Girls marks his twenty-third year as part of the Festival and his sixteenth production as a director.