Melly Still has worked as a director, choreographer, designer and adaptor. Her work has travelled throughout the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, the Far East, US and Broadway. She has been nominated as Best Director and for Best Design at both the Olivier and Tony Awards for her National Theatre production of Coram Boy.
This season, Melly will direct a new production of Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves for Theater St Gallen and she will return to Glyndebourne in 2022, directing the Festival’s opening production: The Wreckers by Ethel Smythe. In the theatre Melly will return to the Rose Theatre to direct Colin Teevan’s new play Seven Pomegranate Seeds.
Projects in development include: The Gretchen Question - a climate change piece for Somerset House/Fuel; A Doll's House (Ibsen) for Bristol Old Vic and Labyrinth a new stage musical based on the cult film.
In November 2019, Melly’s production of My Brilliant Friend - based on the acclaimed quartet of novels by Elena Ferrante - opened at the National Theatre, this epic production was first seen at the Rose Theatre, Kingston in 2017. Of the staging, Michael Billington of The Guardian wrote: “I am normally wary of novel adaptations but this version of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet is something of a triumph. April De Angelis has skilfully condensed the story into a two-part, five-and-a-half-hour play spanning nearly 50 years. But bald statistics don’t do justice to Melly Still’s production, which combines an intimate study of female friendship with a panoramic picture of postwar Italy.”
Other recent productions include Cymbeline for the RSC; From Morning to Midnight and The Revenger’s Tragedy at the National Theatre; Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in London's West End and a UK and US Tour of The Lovely Bones.
OWL Artist Management manages the Operatic Career of Melly Still.
Melly Still is represented by Cathy King (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 42 Management and Production Ltd for non opera work.
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