Born and educated in Scotland, he first worked as an ASM at the old Byre Theatre, St Andrews. In London he was worked as a director extensively in both the commercial and subsidised sectors with a period as Associate Director at the Mermaid Theatre and over a decade as Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre. In the West End he has directed over 30 productions ranging from new plays to revivals and musical revue in work by writers as varied as Coward, Ayckbourn, Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare.
Recently he has directed: HENRY IV PART 1 (his fifth production for the New Shakespeare Company at Regent’s Park); GLORIOUS with Maureen Lipman (Duchess Theatre); Ben Brown’s LARKIN WITH WOMEN (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond); ENTERTAINING ANGELS(Chichester Festival Theatre) with Penelope Keith; THE LETTER (Wyndham’s Theatre) with Jenny Seagrove and Anthony Andrews; for the Peter Hall Company in Bath and on tour, Alan Ayckbourn’s HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES, Ayckbourn’s ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR (Garrick); YEAR OF THE RAT (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and RELATIVELY SPEAKINGstarring Peter Bowles (Bath and on tour), BALMORAL by Michael Frayn (Theatre Royal Bath and on tour), Ben Brown's THE PROMISE (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and will soon direct Penelope Keith in THE CHALK GARDEN (Chichester Festival Theatre).
In regional theatre he has worked at Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse and, most regularly at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Overseas he has directed in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin and New York.
Alan is a frequent broadcaster and also writes regularly for The Independent. His biography of Michael Redgrave, SECRET DREAMS was published in 2004.
Alan Strachan is Director on HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Strachan revives Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps starring Nicholas Le Prevost, Jenny Seagrove and Tamzin Outhwaite, playing in the West End until 25th June.
The Guardian ★★★★
“Alan Strachan’s cleverly orchestrated revival”
“reminds us just what a comic master Ayckbourn is”
The Telegraph ★★★★
“reveals its timeless capacity to amuse in Alan Strachan’s delightful revival”
“certain to make our synaptic connections tingle with pleasure.”
“It doesn’t get much better than this”
“if half the new plays hitting our stages at the moment were half as accomplished, what a wonderful world this would be.”
The Times ★★★★
“Alan Strachan’s expert revival”
“soon find yourself in the midst of one of the funniest shows in town”
“Laugh builds on laugh, tension on tension, till the bittersweet end.”
The Stage ★★★★
“honour and bring life to this formally inventive, bracing comedy”
“Strachan directs with precision and his exemplary cast respond with perfect nuance and comic nous.”
London Theatre ★★★★
“superbly staged by veteran Ayckbourn director Alan Strachan”
“And Strachan's beautifully cast and played production is also a treat”