Welcome to the official website of Jonathan Moore, award-winning actor, director and writer
From here you can read all about Jonathan's work in theatre, opera, film and television.
There are reviews for his acting, directing and writing achievements, as well as his showreels and a complete credit listing.
He has written and directed at Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Shakespeare Co, German National Theatre, Munich Biennale, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Court, Donmar, La Fenice Venice, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro San Carlo Naples, BAM New York, Chicago Opera Theatre and many others.
He co adapted the libretto for “Greek”, by Mark Anthony Turnage and directed the world premiere at Munich Biennale, Edinburgh International Festival and English National Opera. He co directed the BBC Film which won many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a nomination for an Olivier Award. It has since gone on to be widely recognised as a modern classic and has been regularly performed around the world over since its premiere.
He has played leading roles on stage including Royal Shakespeare Co, Royal Exchange Manchester, West End, Shakespeare’s Globe, Fringe, Royal Court, Donmar etc. He has played leading roles on tv and film, including starring as regular characters in prestigious series such as William Guppy In the acclaimed "Bleak House" opposite Dame Diana Rigg and Denholm Elliot (BBC/ WGBH Boston) Ben Bates opposite Michael Caine in "Jack the Ripper" (CBS), Barry in "Roger Roger" (BBC) and guest starred in several major episodic television dramas such as Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Bergerac, among many others.
He has collaborated with music artists as diverse as Schnittke, MacMillan, Henze, Einaudi, Jan Muller-Wieland, Uri Caine, Eddy Grant, Jah Wobble, Chrissie Hynde, Stomu Yamashta in Kyoto, Ben Watkins, Youth from Killing Joke, Ensemble Modern, Industrial band Test Dept on several projects. He has collaborated with Stewart Copeland on many operas, the last being “ Electric Saint”, about physicist and inventor Nikola Tesla for German National Opera at Weimar.
His recent play about Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits, “Inigo”, has been performed around the world. https://www.aurorametro.com/product/inigo/
He has been on the front cover of Time Out, had a Who's Who listing since 2007, is on the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, he was invited to speak at the Oxford University Union, The London School of Economics, was a keynote speaker at The National Opera Centre in New York, interviewed by the New York Times and has been on several prestigious arts programmes on BBC TV and Radio.
Several times Guardian Critic's Choice, Time Out Number One shows, yearly round ups of Best Productions including London Standard Top Five Shows of the Year.
Jonathan recently directed the World Premiere of "The Invention Of Morel" music by Stewart Copeland, with whom Jonathan has also co written the Libretto.
Jonathan recently directed two stage productions in the States, The world premiere of "Ashes and Snow/ Savage Winter", a co-production for Pittsburgh Opera/BAM New York.
He also directed the revival of the opera he wrote with Stewart Copeland, "The Invention of Morel" for Long Beach Opera, the premiere being at Chicago Opera Theater.
Both productions played to ecstatic audiences and excellent reviews.
A brief selection of previous reviews/comments
“Jonathan Moore is a truly superb artist.“
Nicolas Roeg, Film Director ( Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, Performance et al)
“He has remained true to his calling, has not taken the easy road, but has spent most of his career experimenting, challenging conventional forms and visions.“
Gabriel Byrne, actor
“Jonathan Moore is a brilliant writer. I am very impressed.”
Mike Newell, award-winning Film Director ( Harry Potter, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Into the West et al)
"Jonathan is one of the most extraordinary and talented artists I have ever worked with. It is extremely rare to encounter someone who is equally at ease and impressive as writer, director and actor. To all these Jonathan brings his unique passion, technical skill, sensitivity, moral and human insight and humour."
Peter Maniura, MVO, film director and producer, former Head of BBC TV Classical Music and Performance and Head of Digital Development for BBC Arts
"A brilliant production by Jonathan Moore, a great collaborator."
Mark-Anthony Turnage CBE, Composer. Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 (2.6 Million listeners)
"Although Jonathan Moore is also a startling director and actor, it is a thrill to see him back as a dramatist and with a play as powerfully written, psychologically astute and spiritually nuanced as Inigo.”
Mark Lawson (Leading Broadcaster and Critic. The Guardian, BBC TV and Radio, New Statesman, The Tablet etc)
"Here was a play which introduced us to a generation."
Time Out Front Cover article and interview
"A full scale and sophisticated production. Compelling. Brilliantly vivid. A strong and enjoyably brutal performance directed by Jonathan Moore with exceptionally striking performances."
Opera Now Magazine
"A writer and director of real genius."
Hans Werner Henze, composer
"A profound writer and director."
Gabriel Byrne, actor
"A resounding, unanimous triumph… riveting, total theatre."
The Sunday Times
"Jonathan Moore is a very talented and creative person, an original and outstanding director. He is a good man. I recommend him as someone with an outstanding talent and good nature."
Sir Mark Rylance, actor
"The Johnny Rotten of the British Theatre.”
London Evening Standard
"Jonathan Moore was just at BAM with his production of Savage Winter which, in my opinion, was the most successful use of the Fishman stage that I’ve seen, and the show was intense and raw and a favorite of the festival."
David Binder, Artistic Director, BAM, New York
"A masterly production by Jonathan Moore."
For “Revenger’s Tragedy” Royal Exchange:
"A headlong rush into the final orgy of violence. Arresting spectacle…bloody on a par with that in the most violent contemporary action films… sending audiences buzzing into the lobbies…A powerful evocation."
The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton, Oxford University Press
"If plays at the theatre were more like this, I would go more often." (on "Revenger's Tragedy")
Sean Bean, actor
"The involvement of Jonathan Moore always brings the promise of an original production."
"Jonathan Moore is an artist of the highest rank."
"A theatrical firecracker - Jonathan Moore is astonishing."
"Moore's powerful performance."
"One of the most powerful, original and talented creative artists of his generation."
Paul Gallagher, Dangerous Minds
"Jonathan Moore is an artist of outstanding ability."
Sir James MacMillan, composer
"A power of feeling rare in contemporary writing."
"The best director on the planet... a genius."
"A fine performance from Jonathan Moore. He expertly keeps the audience in his hand."
"Moore's virtuoso performance."
"Moore is a highly accomplished dramatic craftsman."
London Evening Standard
"Works with thrilling force... a scaldingly intense piece of musical theatre."
"The most exciting new opera London has seen for years... Moore's production is direct, spectacular, inescapable."
London Evening Standard
"Tarantino meets Jacobean tragedy is a brief summary of Jonathan Moore's vibrant new production (of "Revenger's Tragedy"). Moore's brilliant conception supplies endless visual delights. This is a vividly exciting piece of theatre."
Moore’s alienating, darkly comic version (of “Revenger’s Tragedy”) produced an unsettling drama...the Duchess’ cubs played an impromptu game of football with a head while humming the theme tune to “Match of the Day”.
The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy, Cambridge University Press
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“Excellent… Imaginative… impressive… playful… Unique… Electric Saint strikes like lightning and electrifies the audience.”
Deutsche Buhne, ( German Theatre.) The oldest and among the most respected theatre journals in Germany.
“Fabulous Electric Buzz” James Naughtie, BBC Today Show.
“Fantastic… special… dynamic… precise… exciting… Jonathan Moore succeeds in this production”
(Online Merker, The International Culture Platform)
“Ecstatic… blissful…. Masterfully handled… penetrating… constant excitation…”
An opera by Stewart Copeland, libretto by and directed by Jonathan Moore
ELECTRIC SAINT takes the audience into the life of Nikola Tesla, highlighting the fierce rivalry between him and his fellow inventor and competitor Thomas Edison - both pioneers of electrical engineering, but with diametrically opposed life philosophies.
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