Adrian Noble

The recipient of over 20 Olivier Award nominations, Adrian Noble is a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since leaving the company in 2002 major productions have included Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End.

The recipient of over 20 Olivier Award nominations, Adrian Noble is a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since leaving the company in 2002 major productions have included Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the West End.

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