Matthew is a Olivier-nominated director, playwright and actor. He is an Associate Artist at the Young Vic Theatre. Currently Matthew is directing Martin McDonagh’s new play HANGMEN at the Royal Court.
Matthew has directed LOVE’S SACRIFICE for the RSC and THE SEAGULL for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre over the Spring and Summer of 2015.
Matthew’s production of LOVE’S SACRIFICE at the RSC’s Swan Theatre opened to some great reviews, all praising Matthew’s sleek direction. One critic noted that LOVE’S SACRIFICE “proves eminently stageable and gets a first-rate production from RSC debutant Matthew Dunster that challenges the prevailing Swan aesthetic.”
Matthew directed LIBERIAN GIRL for the Royal Court Upstairs and Matthew was praised for his direction for such a brutal subject matter. LIBERIAN GIRL immersed the audience in the play and made them view the horrors of the Liberian Civil War up close.
His production of YOU CAN STILL MAKE A KILLING by Nicholas Pierpan opened at Southwark Playhouse in October 2012 to wonderful reviews. Previously he directed A SACRED FLAME for The English Touring Theatre Company, which toured the UK after opening at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. In the summer of 2012 he directed a fabulous ‘Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ style A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the Open Air Regents Park Theatre.
As a writer, his latest play CHILDREN’S CHILDREN premiered at the Almeida Theatre in April 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin.
In March 2012 he directed SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY MORNING at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, which he also adapted from Alan Sillitoe’s iconic novel. His production of MOGADISHU, which opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in February 2011, and later transferred to the Lyric Hammersmith, toured the UK in spring 2012. MOGADISHU earned Matthew an Olivier Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
His reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING, a collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys and choreographer Javier de Frutos, opened at Sadler’s Wells in March 2011 and March 2012. In 2011 Matthew also directed THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, at Royal & Derngate, Northampton and DOCTOR FAUSTUS for The Globe 2011 summer season.
Matthew’s production of Drew Pautz’s play LOVE THE SINNER opened at The National Theatre in May 2010. His adaptation of 1984 opened at the end of February 2010 at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.
The world premiere of Matthew’s play YOU CAN SEE THE HILLS opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in 2008. An excellent run followed at the Young Vic in Autumn 2008, which was extended till May 2009. Matthew’s direction of MACBETH wowed audiences and critics alike during its run at The Royal Exchange, Manchester in early 2009.
Directing credits includes: Hangmen, Liberian Girl (Royal Court), The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Lightning Child, Arthur Darvill and Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Love Girl & the Innocent, You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse), Mametz (National Theatre Wales), Before the Party (Almeida), A Sacred Flame (English Touring), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal & Derngate, Northampton).
Writing credits include: Children’s Children (Almeida), You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester), You Used To, Tell Me, The Glazier, The Bank, Two Clouds Over Eden.
Writing for BBC R4: Depth of Field and Poor Echo. Directing for R4: Love and Money.
He has collaborated as a writer with choreographer Jane Mason.