Frank Dunlop

Frank Dunlop Portrait


Frank Dunlop was Director of the Edinburgh International Festival for eight years. He read English at University College London where he is now a Fellow. He studied theatre with Michael St Denis at the Old Vic School in London. He has directed theatres and companies in Manchester, Coventry, Bristol and New York; opened the New Nottingham Playhouse, and created The Pop Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Festival, which included Flora Robson, Laurence Harvey, Jim Dale, Bernard Bresslaw, Jane Asher, Cleo Laine, Denise Coffey, Robin Bailey, Hywel Bennett and many other distinguished actors. Laurence Olivier and the board of the National Theatre invited him to join as Associate Director and later also as Administrator in 1968. His productions there included THE WHITE DEVIL, THE CAPTAIN OF KOPENICK and HOME AND BEAUTY. Whilst at the National he also built and directed The Young Vic Theatre. His West End productions include SON OF OBLOMOV (with Spike Milligan), TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD and LES FRERES JACQUES. At the RSC he directed SHERLOCK HOLMES which ran for nearly two years in New York, where he also directed SCAPINO and CAMELOT with Richard Burton. The original production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT was created by him at the Edinburgh Festival with The Young Vic Company. Besides America, Mr Dunlop has directed in France, Belgium, Norway, Holland, Australia, Mexico and many other countries. SCAPINO, which he wrote, has been performed in Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, French, Norwegian, Danish and English. He directed the first two years of the BAM theatre co in New York. His company included Ellen Burstyn, Rosemary Harris, Blythe Danner, Rex Harrison, George Rose, Denholm Elliot, Rene Auberjinois, Richard Dreyfus, Tom Hulce, Stephen Collins amongst others. His opera productions THE ROSSINI GALA, at Versailles and OBERON at the Edinburgh Festival and Frankfurt were subsequently presented on television and video world-wide and most recently, L'ELISIR DE L'AMOUR with Barbara Hendricks at the Lyons Opera. The most recent ELISIR was also filmed with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu. His production of CARMEN was seen at the Royal Albert Hall. Frank recently adapted Kressmann Taylor's ADDRESS UNKNOWN for the stage and directed the premiere production at the Promenade Theatre in New York.


Frank was awarded the CBE in 1977 and created Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Government in 1987.