Sir Richard Eyre (CBE) is a renowned British film and theatre diretor. He was artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse from 1973-78, and was then responsible for the BBC's Play for Today for two years (1978-80). Eyre was director of the National Theatre (which became the Royal National Theatre during his time there) between 1987 and 1997, having previously directed a noted revival of Guys and Dolls for the venue in 1982. His diaries during this time have been published as National Service and won the 2003 Theatre Book Prize.
Other than Guys and Dolls, his most noted theatre productions include Hamlet(twice), with Jonathan Pryce at the Royal Court in 1980 and Daniel Day-Lewis in 1989; Richard III with Ian McKellon King Lear with Ian Holm, and Hedda Gabler with Eve Best.
For film he directed the Falkland War story Tumbledown (starring Colin Firth), Iris, a biopic of writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch (starring Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent) and, most recently, Notes on a Scandal (starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett).
He has been the recipient of numerous directing awards including five Olivier Awards. He served as a Governor of the BBC between 1995 and 2003.