Roy Alexander Weise

Roy Alexander Weise Portrait


Roy Alexander Weise is the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall at the Young Vic.

Current and forthcoming productions: JEKYLL AND HYDE (National Youth Theatre).

Theatre credits include: DEAD DON’T FLOSS (National Theatre); THE UGLY ONE (Park Theatre, Buckland Theatre Company); THE DARK (Fuel & Ovalhouse); ZERO FOR THE YOUNG DUDES (Young & Talented in association with NT Connections); THE MOUNTAINTOP (Young Vic); PRIMETIME (Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre); STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre).

Assistant Director credits include: HANGMEN (Royal Court and West End); X, ESCAPED ALONE, YOU FOR ME FOR YOU, PRIMETIME 2015, VIOLENCE AND SON, WHO CARES, LIBERIAN GIRL (Royal Court); ALBION, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT...(Bush Theatre); THE SERPENT’S TOOTH (Talawa /Almeida Theatre).

For Television, Roy was Trainee Director on INVISIBLE (Red Room/Ballet Boys/Channel 4).

Roy has previously worked at the Royal Court as the Trainee Director, at the Bush Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith as the BBC Theatre Fellow and at The Red Room as Associate Artist.

Roy is now Associate Director at the Harts Theatre Company and Lead Acting Tutor at Young & Talented School of Stage & Screen. 

16 June 2017

THE UGLY ONE opens at the Park Theatre

THE UGLY ONE opens at the Park Theatre

Roy Alexander Weise directs Marius Von Mayenburg’s comedy, with Lighting Design by Amy Mae and Sound Design by Giles Thomas. The show has been nominated for 'Best Production' in the Off West End Theatre Awards and runs until the 24th June. 

Broadway World ★★★★ 

“the direction from Roy Alexander Weise, 2016 winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award, is precise in how it mines the script for smart humour.”

“The Ugly One is a definite success, with genuine performances complimented by superb direction”

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“a great night of theatre, directed by Roy Alexander Weise with humour and gusto this production is a masterclass in snappy creative direction”

“This is biting dark satire directed with real comedic precision that asks relevant questions about the importance of being beautiful.”  

Camden New Journal 

“Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the 2016 James Menzies-Kitchin Award, directs with panache.”

The Upcoming

“there are moments of striking originality under Roy Alexander Weise’s direction”

17 October 2016

Roy Alexander Weise Directs THE MOUNTAINTOP at the Young Vic

Roy Alexander Weise Directs THE MOUNTAINTOP at the Young Vic

Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the 2016 James Menzies-Kitchen award for young directors, directs Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning drama about Martin Luther King’s last night on earth. 

City AM ★★★★★

“It is, quite simply, magnificent.” 

“Funny, flirtatious, powerful and profound” 

“a searing, sexy, devastating imagining of Martin Luther King Jr's last night”

Auditorium ★★★★★ 

“Award-winning director Roy Alexander Weise takes you on his rapturous historical rollercoaster.”

“this breathtaking piece proves once again it has wings. In the hands of Weise, it soars.”

“Weise grabs us with an electrifying start” 

“Weise showers us with moments of magic, both theatrical and emotional, drawing outstanding performances from his two actors.” 

“Beautiful and heartrending work.”

A Younger Theatre

“an exquisite production.”

“I have to draw attention to Weise, in what should be his big break into this most difficult of industries. The restraint in this show is superb, the precision in his blocking noticeable yet natural, and the performances he gets from his actors second to none.” 

“might just be the best production I have seen this year.”

“fulfilling, exciting, completely fresh but also hugely, crucially important.”

“This play has always been good, Weise’s take on it is exemplary.”  

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“Roy Alexander Weise – this year’s winner of the JMK award, which has a significant history of propelling young directors’ careers – makes a very good case for it, heightening the work’s absurdist, dream-like qualities.”

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Roy Alexander Weise…ups the supernatural element.”

“building to the most extraordinary climax” 

“It's as empowering as it is powerful.”

The Stage ★★★★

“Roy Alexander Weise – winner of this year’s JMK Award – directs a gripping, heartfelt production that cements the two-hander’s reputation and poses resonant questions about modern America.” 

“Rarely does theatre achieve such invigorating poignancy.” 

The Times ★★★★ 

“This production by Roy Alexander Weise simmers with tension and is suffused with wonder, awe and dread.”

“This is a play that honours greatness, while recognising humanity. Weise does it proud.”

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“stylishly revived by Roy Alexander Weise” 

“Weise directs with bounce and brio; we’ll be hearing more from him.”

Exeunt Magazine

“in the hands of bright young director Roy Alexander Weise, its whip-smart dialogue and dazzling tonal dexterity are really allowed to let rip.”

“That so much fun, seriousness, intelligence and emotion is packed seamlessly into 1hr 40mins is an considerable achievement.”

“Weise may have found his perfect play, but from the style, humanity and understanding on show here, he looks set to get his hands on many more.”