Jonathan Holloway

Writer & Director for Red Shift Theatre

Jonathan Holloway is a writer, director and founder of Red Shift Theatre Company.

Jonathan is best known as founder and Artistic Director of Red Shift Theatre Company which toured throughout the UK and beyond from 1982 – 2011, and from 1986 – 2007 received over £2m in subsidy from Arts Council England.  His work as a director, writer and teacher has been seen and heard all over the world. He has directed events ranging from crowd-embedded performances to pocket musicals to landmark reinventions of the classics; run companies and venues; written over 70 professionally produced plays; collaborated with some of the most important writers, designers and composers in British theatre. His writing is frequently revived by other directors in the UK and elsewhere, and has been translated into Norwegian, Spanish and Cantonese.  Jonathan has contributed a huge body of work to BBC Radio 3 & 4. His work as a writer and director has won awards inc First Prize at the 2013 Prix Italia, three consecutive Scotsman Fringe First Awards, the Shakespeare Prize and Best Actor Awards at Chile’s World Festival of Theatre and The Stage’s Edinburgh Festival Best Actor Award.  He is currently on commission to produce an original drama and two adaptations for the BBC, is adapting his own version of Brave New World for a large scale site-specific binaural ‘headphone’ production in June 2018 and is writing a new adaptation of Treasure Island set in London in 1946 for commercial production Christmas of next year..


“I have worked with a number of extremely talented composers, several of whom are now renowned in the field of music for film and TV, few of whom have understood the peculiarities of composing for live theatre as well as Sarah. She is a talented musician and a perceptive, problem solving collaborator who really ‘gets it. Her work on The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Tale of Two Cities, Much Ado , Caravan, and for the The Fall of Man, has shown many different stylistic gear changes, and her underscoring beautifully supports the images onstage, sometimes cleverly bringing unexpected melodic components to the work which throw the content into stark relief. She is not an easy listening style composer who creates the predictable. She is infinitely creative and a wonderful colleague.”

Jonathan Holloway

Collaborations to date

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    Two part drama for BBC Radio 4, The Scarlet Pimpernel, starring James Purefoy and Sienna Guillory.

  • A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood

    A Tale of Two Cities 2022. Hong Kong, Chung Ying Theatre. A ‘thrilling production’ for stage by Jonathan Holloway with a ‘beautiful and mesmerising ‘ original score and sound design by Sarah Llewellyn.

  • The Fall of Man

    Music and sound for Red Shift Theatre’s sold out show for the Edinburgh Festival 09 and a 2010-2011 UK tour.

  • Caravan

    The spectacular and magical Giffords Circus recruited Sarah Llewellyn as musical director for their critically acclaimed 2008 show, ‘Caravan’.

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing, Red Shift Theatre UK tour 07/08