“It’s not a rock opera … it’s an Opera that rocks!” – Stewart Copeland


Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore


Sir Jonathan Moore is an actor, writer and director. He has played leading roles on TV and theatre including Royal Shakespeare Co, Almeida, Arcola, West End, Royal Court etc. 

He has been on the front cover of Time Out, had a Who’s Who listing since 2007, is on the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, he was invited to speak at the Oxford University Union, The London School of Economics, was a guest speaker on many panels at The National Opera Centre in New York, interviewed by the New York Times and has been on several prestigious arts programmes on BBC TV and Radio.

Several times Guardian Critic’s Choice, Time Out Number One shows, yearly round ups of Best Productions including London Standard Top Five Shows of the Year.

His multi award winning first opera, “Greek”, with Mark Anthony Turnage, has been in constant production world-wide since he directed the world premiere at Munich and ENO, plus his Royal Philharmonic Society award-winning film for the BBC. 

Jonathan directed the World Premiere of “The Invention Of Morel” at Chicago Opera Theater, music by Stewart Copeland, with whom Jonathan has also co written the Libretto.


He recently directed the hit show, “Savage Winter” at BAM in New York.

Jonathan recently directed two stage productions in the States, The world premiere of “Ashes and Snow/ Savage Winter”, a co-production for Pittsburgh Opera/BAM New York.

He also directed the revival of the opera he wrote with Stewart Copeland, “The Invention of Morel” for Long Beach Opera, the premiere being at Chicago Opera Theater.

Both productions played to ecstatic audiences and excellent reviews.


A brief selection of previous reviews/comments

“Jonathan is one of the most extraordinary and talented artists I have ever worked with. It is extremely rare to encounter someone who is equally at ease and impressive as writer, director and actor. To all these Jonathan brings his unique passion, technical skill, sensitivity, moral and human insight and humour.”

Peter Maniura, MVO, film director and producer, former Head of BBC TV Classical Music and Performance and Head of Digital Development for BBC Arts

“A brilliant production by Jonathan Moore, a great collaborator.”

Mark-Anthony Turnage CBE, Composer. Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 (2.6 Million listeners)

“Although Jonathan Moore is also a startling director and actor, it is a thrill to see him back as a dramatist and with a play as powerfully written, psychologically astute and spiritually nuanced as Inigo.”

Mark Lawson (Leading Broadcaster and Critic. The Guardian, BBC TV and Radio, New Statesman, The Tablet etc)

“Here was a play which introduced us to a generation.”

Time Out Front Cover article and interview

“A full scale and sophisticated production. Compelling. Brilliantly vivid. A strong and enjoyably brutal performance directed by Jonathan Moore with exceptionally striking performances.”

Opera Now Magazine

“A writer and director of real genius.”

Hans Werner Henze, composer

“Jonathan Moore is one of the most outstanding talents I have worked with. His many remarkable talents are indeed special and rare to find in one person.”

Ludovico Einaudi, composer

“A profound writer and director.”

Gabriel Byrne, actor

“A resounding, unanimous triumph… riveting, total theatre.”

The Sunday Times

“Jonathan Moore is a very talented and creative person, an original and outstanding director. He is a good man. I recommend him as someone with an outstanding talent and good nature.”

Sir Mark Rylance, actor

“The Johnny Rotten of the British Theatre.”

London Evening Standard

“Jonathan Moore was just at BAM with his production of Savage Winter which, in my opinion, was the most successful use of the Fishman stage that I’ve seen, and the show was intense and raw and a favorite of the festival.”

David Binder, Artistic Director, BAM, New York

“A masterly production by Jonathan Moore.”


For “Revenger’s Tragedy” Royal Exchange:

“A headlong rush into the final orgy of violence. Arresting spectacle…bloody on a par with that in the most violent contemporary action films… sending audiences buzzing into the lobbies…A powerful evocation.”

The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton, Oxford University Press

“If plays at the theatre were more like this, I would go more often.” (on “Revenger’s Tragedy”)

Sean Bean, actor

“The involvement of Jonathan Moore always brings the promise of an original production.”

The Independent

“Jonathan Moore is an artist of the highest rank.”

Gabriel Byrne

“A theatrical firecracker – Jonathan Moore is astonishing.”

The Independent

“Moore’s powerful performance.”


“One of the most powerful, original and talented creative artists of his generation.”

Paul Gallagher, Dangerous Minds

“Jonathan Moore is an artist of outstanding ability.”

Sir James MacMillan, composer

“A power of feeling rare in contemporary writing.”

The Guardian

“The best director on the planet… a genius.”

Stewart Copeland

“A fine performance from Jonathan Moore. He expertly keeps the audience in his hand.”


“Moore’s virtuoso performance.”

Daily Express

“Moore is a highly accomplished dramatic craftsman.”

London Evening Standard

“Works with thrilling force… a scaldingly intense piece of musical theatre.”

Sunday Times

“The most exciting new opera London has seen for years… Moore’s production is direct, spectacular, inescapable.”

London Evening Standard

“Tarantino meets Jacobean tragedy is a brief summary of Jonathan Moore’s vibrant new production (of “Revenger’s Tragedy”). Moore’s brilliant conception supplies endless visual delights. This is a vividly exciting piece of theatre.”

The Stage

Moore’s alienating, darkly comic version (of “Revenger’s Tragedy”) produced an unsettling drama…the Duchess’ cubs played an impromptu game of football with a head while humming the theme tune to “Match of the Day”.

The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy, Cambridge University Press