Julian Woolford Theatre Director and Writer


Julian trained at the University of Kent and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He is currently Head of Postgraduate Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (GSA). Previously he was Artistic Director of Sevenoaks Playhouse; Artistic Director of the Global Search for New Musicals at the International Festival of Musical Theatre Cardiff and Associate Director of the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

Julian’s extensive directing credits include work in the West End, regional theatres and internationally and as a writer his work has been performed worldwide and he is the author of How Musicals Work (Nick Hern Books).

As a writer Julian’s plays and musicals include The Railway Children (Sevenoaks Playhouse, published by Samuel French); the new book for Lionel Bart’s Twang!! (premiered at GSA, published by Josef Weinberger Ltd); The Bakewell Bake-Off (Landor Theatre, co-writer, published by Rodgers and Hammerstein Europe); BlueBirds (Cochrane/Kenneth More/Above The Stag); Liberace, Live From Heaven (Leicester Square Theatre/New Zealand tour/Edinburgh Festival); The Wind In The Willows (Sevenoaks Playhouse); Peter Pan and Cinderella (Lighthouse, Poole); The Snow Queen (Theatre North); Broadway Hall of Fame: Cole Porter and Broadway Hall of Fame: Leonard Bernstein (Palace/BBC Radio 3); Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane/Covent Garden Festival). He is currently writing book and lyrics for The Devil’s Advocate.

As a director Julian’s most recent productions include: The Bakewell Bake-Off (Landor Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest and Mrs Warren’s Profession at the English Theatre of Hamburg, the national tour of Oklahoma! and the West End and New Zealand tour of his play Liberace Live From Heaven.

London productions: 2 Boys In A Bed On A Cold Winter’s Night (Arts Theatre); The Musical of Musicals, (Sound Theatre & King’s Head); Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre); Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well… (King’s Head).

National tours: Oklahoma! (2010); South Pacific (2007/8); Carousel (2004); Fiddler On The Roof (2003 & 2008) and Murdered to Death.

Overseas: Two Pianos, Four Hands; I Do! I Do! and Deadly Murder (Vienna); …And The Pursuit of Happiness (Off-Broadway); Wuthering Heights (European tour).

Regional Theatre: Wallflowering; Vita & Virginia; Kiss of the Spiderwoman; The Turn Of The Screw (Sevenoaks Playhouse); Dames At Sea; The Sound Of Music; The Fifteen Streets; Who’s Under Where?; The Underworld Project (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); The Bed Before Yesterday (Mill at Sonning) Me And My Girl (Devonshire Park Eastbourne); The Oedipus Complex; Oedipus Rex (Bristol Old Vic) and The Comedy Of Errors (Worthing).

Julian is a Professional Writer Associate of Mercury Musical Developments, established in 1992 to support, develop and initiate new musical theatre in the UK and worldwide.