Simon McBurney

United Kingdom


Simon McBurney is an actor, writer, director, and co-founder of Complicite, where he has created more than 30 productions. His work, from site-specific installations to the reinvention of classic texts on Broadway, continuously resists definition.

His directing credits with Complicite include Ungeduld des HerzensThe Master and MargaritaShun-kin, A Disappearing Number, Measure for Measure, A Minute Too Late, The Elephant Vanishes, Pet Shop Boys Meet Eisenstein (Trafalgar Square)Strange Poetry and The Street of Crocodiles.

Other directing credits include All My Sons on Broadway and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino in New York. Opera credits include The Magic Flute and A Dog’s Heart, both produced by De Nederlandse Opera and English National Opera in collaboration with Complicite.

Simon was the first British Artiste Associé at Festival d’Avignon in 2012 with The Master and Margarita opening the Festival. In 2009 he was awarded the Yomiuri Theatre Award Grand Prize for Best Director for Shun-kin (the first non-Japanese artist to receive the award) and he was the recipient of the 2008 Berlin Academy of Arts Konrad Wolf Prize for Europe’s Outstanding Multi-disciplinary Artists.

As an actor Simon has appeared in many films and TV including: The Conjuring 2, Mission: Impossible - Rogue NationThe Theory of EverythingMagic in the Moonlight, Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyThe Last King of Scotland and JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and BBC TV’s Rev