Raz Shaw

Raz Shaw Portrait


Forthcoming projects include: THE PRODUCERS (Royal Exchange Theatre).

Theatre credits include: THE GREATEST PLAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD… (Traverse Theatre & Royal Exchange Theatre); WIT (Royal Exchange Theatre); THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY (Theatre Royal, Northampton); THE GOD OF SOHO and A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Shakespeare’s Globe); WIE ES WILL GEFALLT (Bremer Shakespeare Company); JENNY FAWCETT (Soho Theatre & Pleasance); CYMBELINE (South Sudan National Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe); EDGAR AND ANNABEL (AracaWorks Festival NYC); GAMBLING (Royal Court & Soho Theatre); ROMEO AND JULIET (Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour); TORN and FACTORY GIRLS (Arcola Theatre); THINGS OF DRY HOURS (The Gate & Royal Exchange Theatre); OTHELLO; WOMAN IN MIND and BE MY BABY (Salisbury Playhouse); A STATE OF INNOCENCE/PHOTOS OF RELIGION (Theatre 503); THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK (Southwark Playhouse & Royal Exchange Theatre); THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE (Brentwood Theatre); BELLY (Old Red Lion); 5:01 (Unity Theatre). 

Raz was the winner of the Young Vic's Jerwood Directors Awardin 2006, and in 2016 he was awarded Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards for his work on WITat the Royal Exchange Theatre.

His first book, DEATH AND THE ELEPHANT: HOW CANCER SAVED MY LIFE, was published in March 2018 by Unbound.

19 December 2018

THE PRODUCERS in riotous in-the-round revival

THE PRODUCERS in riotous in-the-round revival

This riotous in-the-round revival at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre was directed by Raz Shaw, with Musical Supervision by Caroline Humphris. 

Manchester Evening News ★★★★★

The Stage ★★★★

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“director Raz Shaw stated that one of the challenges with this revival was whether it would prove possible translating a huge Broadway musical to the intimacy of the round. The crowd's reaction on the night I saw it suggests the answer is a resounding yes.”

“both the choreography and music departments deserve enormous credit; some of the show's dancing scenes are superb and dovetail seamlessly with the small live orchestra nestled into the first level of the round.”

The Times ★★★★

“it just might be more fun than any other bash you find yourself at this Christmas.”

“Raz Shaw’s revival of the exuberantly bad-taste Mel Brooks musical revels in satirical excess.” 

The Guardian ★★★★

“judging by the riotous reception given to Raz Shaw’s superb revival, we embrace Brooks’s bonfire of good taste more warmly than ever.”

“this is a headily pleasurable show that, astonishingly, marks Shaw’s debut as a director of musicals and that offers as much fun as you could hope to find on any stage this Christmas.”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“Shaw beautifully scales down a massive Broadway show into a tiny in-the-round space without compromising on pizzazz.” 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“The Royal Exchange has definitely produced a hit and one in the best possible taste.”

Exeunt Magazine

“Raz Shaw’s production of The Producers takes this space and moulds the show to it. End-on spectacle is replaced with close-up, explosive energy. By the end of the lively first number, it’s hard to imagine this show done any other way.”